Billings, MT Fri Sep 12, 2014 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Alfalfa hay steady to firm. Best demand
for high testing hay from out of state buyers for dairy hay, light demand
currently from local buyers for alfalfa suitable for feeding beef cows and
feedlot cattle. No reported sales of straw yet. Small grain harvest has
kept producers busy as the plentiful rains received across the state throughout
the month of August has made for a difficult harvest. Few are able to take
the time to worry about either buying or selling hay as they are tyring to
get grain harvest finished. Those producers that got their second cutting of
alfalfa completed in good fashion look to start making their third cutting
next week. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Supreme: Large Squares, 215.00. Premium: Small Squares,
200.00; Large Squares, 195.00; Large Rounds, 190.00 Del short haul. Good to
Premium: Large Squares, 170.00-180.00. 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, 150.00.
Mix Alfalfa/Grass: No reported sales.
Grass: Fair: Large Rounds, 70.00-80.00 in NE MT.
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