Billings, MT Fri Jan 31, 2014 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Few reported sales this week of Alfalfa, Timothy
Grass, and wheat straw; other commodities had no new sales. Alfalfa steady
to weak, Timothy grass hay steady. Demand mostly light, with most local
buyers only purchasing hay as needed. There has been very light interest
lately, with more interest coming from out of state buyers. Couple sales of
Timothy Grass and Alfalfa were sold to out of state buyers. Market seems to be
trying to soften even with cold temperatures and the upcoming calving season.
Lower quality alfalfa and grasses are reported to be in plentiful supply, dairy
quality mostly sold out. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise
Alfalfa: Premium: Large Squares, 200.00. Good to Premium: Large Squares,
170.00; Small Squares, 200.00. Fair to Good: Large Squares, 100.00-130.00.
Mix Alfalfa/Grass: No Reported Sales.
Timothy Grass: Premium: Small Squares 240.00. Fair to Good: Small Squares
180.00. Fair: Small Squares, 150.00.
Grass: No Reported Sales.
Barley Straw: No Reported Sales.
Wheat Straw: Large Rounds and Large Squares 25.00 per bale.
Alfalfa guidelines (domestic livestock use and not more than 10 pct grass)
Quality ADF NDF RFV TDN-100pct TDN-90pct CP-100pct
Supreme <27 <34 >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 <130 <56 <50.5 <16
RFV calculated using the Wis/Minn formula. TDN calculated using the
western formula. Quantitative factors are approximate and many factors can
affect feeding value. Values based on 100pct dry matter.
Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect feeding
value. Values based on 100% dry matter. End usage may influence hay price
or value more than testing results.
Grass Hay guidelines
Quality Crude Protein Percent
Premium Over 13
Fair 5- 9
Utility Under 5
Source: USDA Market News Service, Sioux Falls, SD
Erika Goette, 605-372-8350
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