Billings, MT Fri Jul 18, 2014 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Lower quality alfalfa, rained on/weedy, hay
steady, higher quality alfalfa no comparison available as this is the
first reported trade as first cutting was very delayed this year. Demand
has lessened a bit as some of those areas that were short on hay supplies
have met their immediate needs for the time being. Alfalfa hay growers
busy trying to put up their first cutting in between rain showers. Pre-bloom
alfalfa very hard to find as growers waited out the rain to put up dry hay.
Not much hay reported sold yet overall. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB
unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Good: Small Squares 200.00, Large Squares and Rounds, 150.00-
160.00, couple loads 175.00. Fair Large Squares, weedy 125.00-135.00, 100.00
in Northeastern MT.
Mix Alfalfa/Grass: No reported sales.
Timothy Grass: Premium: Small Squares, old crop, 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, Officer in Charge, 605-372-8350