Sioux Falls, SD Fri May 30, 2014 USDA-SD Dept of Ag Market News
Weekly East River South Dakota Hay Market
All prices per ton, unless noted, FOB the stack.
Compared to last week: Alfalfa, grass hay, straw and alfalfa pellets steady.
Demand light to moderate with 1st cutting alfalfa just around the corner. Many
cattle have been turned out to summer pasture. Some first cutting alfalfa has
started across the south eastern region of the state with more producers planning
on knocking down most of their acres next week. Rain forecast for the weekend.
Temperatures in the mid to upper 80's this past week helped to spur grass and alfalfa
growth. Hand to mouth basis appears to be the way most buyers are purchasing hay at
this time. Best demand is seen in dairy quality alfalfa and wheat straw headed east.
All hay and straw sold by the ton FOB, unless otherwise stated.
Alfalfa: Supreme: Large Squares, 230.00 Delivered; Large Rounds, 250.00.
Premium: Large Squares, 260.00 Delivered to WI. Good: Large Squares, 210.00; Large
Rounds, 175.00 Delivered. Fair: Large Squares, 175.00; Large Rounds, 160.00 Delivered.
Utility to Fair: Large Rounds, 100.00.
Sun-cured Alfalfa pellets: 15 pct 245.00; 17 pct 250.00. Alfalfa Meal: 17
Grass: Fair to Good: Large Rounds, 120.00. Fair: Large Rounds, 100.00.
Alfalfa/Grass Mix: Fair: Large Squares, 160.00 Delivered Short Haul.
Wheat Straw: Large Squares, 100.00-112.50.
Cornstalks: Large Rounds, 47.50 Delivered NW Iowa.
Alfalfa guidelines (domestic livestock use and not more than 10 pct
Quality ADF NDF RFV TDN-100 pct TDN-90 pct CP
Supreme 185 >62 >55.9 >22
Premium 27-29 34-36 170-185 60.5-62 54.5-55.9 20-22
Good 29-32 36-40 150-170 58-60 52.5-54.5 18-20
Fair 32-35 40-44 130-150 56-58 50.5-52.5 16-18
Utility >35 >44
RFV calculated using the WI/MN formula. TDN calculated using the western formula.
Quantitative factors are approximate and many factors can affect feeding value.
Values based on 100 pct dry matter.
Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect feeding value.
Values based on 100 pct dry matter. End usage may influence hay price or value more
than testing results.
Grass Hay guidelines
Quality Crude Protein Percent
Premium Over 13
Utility Under 5
Source: USDA-SD Dept of Ag Market News, Sioux Falls, SD
Erika Goette, Market Reporter 605-372-8350