Billings, MT Fri June 27, 2014 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Very little trade in recent weeks to
compare with this week’s reported sale of Alfalfa hay. Very little
first cutting of alfalfa put up yet as rain showers the past two weeks
have caused growers to wait for a dry window to open up before they cut.
Alfalfa has gotten mature now but the forecast looks favorable next week
to put up hay dry. Very good demand from California dairies looking for
high quality hay, which looks like it will be harder to find from this
first cutting due to the weather delays. Hay growers are holding firm
on their asking prices and haven’t contracted much hay yet. Bids for dairy
quality hay reported from 170.00 and up. Big rains the last two weeks have
greatly helped Montana’s ranges and dryland hayfields. All prices are dollars
per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Fair Large Squares, weedy 125.00-135.00.
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