Billings, MT Fri Jul 25, 2014 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Lower quality alfalfa, rained on/weedy, hay
steady, higher quality alfalfa steady. Demand is moderate with most end users
having adequate pasture still. Many hay producers are receiving lots of interest,
but have not settled on final prices for trades. Timothy haying in the southern
part of the state is in full swing. Most producers have finished up 1st cutting
alfalfa and are starting to work on 2nd cutting. Few new sales reported this week.
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, 170.00 for Export. Fair: Large Squares, weedy 125.00-135.00, 100.00 in
Northeastern MT. Utility to Fair: Large Squares, 100.00 rained on.
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
Erika Goette, Market Reporter, 605-372-8350