Billings, MT Fri Aug 8, 2014 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Alfalfa hay remains steady. Moderate demand
currently, with best demand for hay for export, quality must be high though
and that remains hard to find from first cutting as so much of the state’s
first cutting was delayed and subsequently too mature. Good interest from
buyers from Idaho and Washington looking for clean, green, no test alfalfa.
Little interest from California buyers presently as their immediate needs have
been met with local production. Second cutting of alfalfa taking place this
week in southern half of the state. Timothy grass hay producers remain busy
cutting and baling. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Good to Premium: Large Squares, 175.00; Small Squares 200.00.
Good: Large Squares, 170.00. Utility to Fair: Large Squares, 100.00 rained
Mix Alfalfa/Grass: No reported sales.
Grass: Premium: Large Squares, 135.00. 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, OIC 605-372-8350