Billings, MT Fri May 2, 2014 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: All classes of hay remain steady. Moderate
demand as we are very near turn-out time and new crop haying season is
nearing. Cool, rainy coditions this week with more of the same forecast
for next week. Good moisture conditions across the state has made for
a favorable outlook for haying and grazing this summer. Snowpack levels
are adequate across the state’s mountain ranges, some much above normal
even, makes for a favorable outlook for irrigating water. All prices are
dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Fair to Good: Large Rounds, 120.00. New Crop Contract Large
Mix Alfalfa/Grass: Fair to Good: Large Rounds, 120.00.
Timothy Grass: Premium: Small Squares 240.00. Good: Small Squares 180.00.
CRP Grass: Large Rounds, 50.00.
Straw: No reported sales.
Alfalfa guidelines (domestic livestock use and not more than 10 pct grass)
Quality ADF NDF RFV TDN-100pct TDN-90pct CP-100pct
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 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
Justin Lumpkin, 605-372-8350