Billings, MT Fri Jul 3, 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. Hay growers
working on making their first cutting of alfalfa this week as the
weather was finally suitable for putting up dry hay. 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. 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