Billings, MT Fri June 13, 2014 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Very few trades reported this week of old
crop hay as new crop haying season is upon us. No reported new crop
besides some horse quality small squares of alfalfa. Hay growers are
sitting firm on their asking prices and haven’t contracted hay yet,
for the most part. Bids are coming in similar to last year with very
good demand coming from states west of Montana as there is much demand
for hay in California as they continue to suffer from record drought
conditions. Some chopping of alfalfa and wet baling going on, most growers
are waiting until the next week or two to make their first cutting. Dry
conditions have returned again across the state leaving producers of dryland
hay hoping for rain. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise
Alfalfa: Premium: Small Squares, 200.00. Fair to Good: Large Rounds,
1 load 145.00.
Mix Alfalfa/Grass: No reported sales.
Timothy Grass: No reported sales.
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, Officer in Charge, 605-372-8350