Billings, MT Fri Sep 19, 2014 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Higher quality alfalfa, suitable for dairy hay,
steady, lower quality hay weaker undertone. Demand remains good for
dairy hay as that quality has been hard to put up this year, moderate
demand for hay for feeding beef cows and feedlot cattle. Hay growers are
tyring to finish up small grain harvest across the state, showers have
continued to delay their progress. Hard freezes occurred across the state
this week. Third cutting of alfalfa taking place this week. All prices are
dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Premium: Small Squares, 200.00; Large Squares, 190-195.00.
Good to Premium: Large Squares, 170.00-180.00. Good: Large Squares,
150.00-155.00. Fair: Large Squares, 135.00-140.00.
Mix Alfalfa/Grass: No reported sales.
Grass: No reported sales.
Timothy Grass: Premium: Small Squares, 240.00. Good: Small Squares,
Straw: Barley straw, large squares 50.00. Wheat straw, large squares
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