Billings, MT Fri Aug 29, 2014 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Alfalfa hay remains steady. Very good
demand remains for high testing dairy quality alfalfa from out of
state buyers, demand much lighter from in-state buyers of lower quality
alfalfa suitable for feeding beef cows and feedlot cattle. Very large
rains across MT this past week with more in the forecast has completely
halted haying, many growers had hay rained on making high quality hay that
much harder to find. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise
Alfalfa: Supreme: Large Squares, 215.00. Premium: Large Squares, 200.00;
Large Rounds, 190.00 Del short haul. Good to Premium: Large Squares, 170.00-
180.00; Small Squares 200.00. Good: Large Squares, 170.00; Small Squares,
170.00. Fair to Good: Large Rounds and Squares in NE MT 115.00-120.00. Fair:
Large Squares, 155.00.
Mix Alfalfa/Grass: No reported sales.
Grass: Premium: Large Squares, 135.00. Fair: Large Rounds, 70.00-80.00 in
Timothy Grass: Premium: Small Squares, old crop, 180.00.
Straw: Large Rounds, 50.00 Del short haul.
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