Billings, MT Fri May 16, 2014 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Alfalfa steady this week. Demand light to
moderate for old crop hay as turn-out time has come. Good moisture
conditions across the state with warmer weather forecast for next week
to help get hayfields growing. Very little new crop contracts being
written yet, many producers waiting to see how the market develops before
they tie a price to their production. All prices are dollars per ton and
FOB unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Fair to Good: Large Rounds, 140.00. Fair: Large Squares,
120.00; New Crop Contract Large Squares, 130.00.
Mix Alfalfa/Grass: No reported sales.
Timothy Grass: Premium: Small Squares 240.00. Good: Small Squares 180.00.
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