Billings, MT Fri Oct 10, 2014 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: All classes of hay steady. Demand and inquiry
was varied across the state. Best demand was seen in the north central area
of the state with light demand in the central I-90 corridor area. Demand good
for high testing hay suitable for dairies, more moderate for lower qualities.
Hay growers busy this week working on third cutting of alfalfa. Pastures still
have some life left in them and many cattle are still seen out grazing.
All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Premium: Small Squares, 200.00; Large Squares, 190.00-195.00.
Good to Premium: Large Squares, 170.00-180.00. Good: Large Squares,
150.00-155.00. Fair: Large Squares, 125.00-140.00.
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
Erika Goette, Market Reporter 605-372-8350