Billings, MT Fri Oct 24, 2014 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: All classes of hay remain mostly steady. Demand
moderate to good currently with the best demand centered on high testing
hay for dairies, more moderate for lower quality suitable for beef cow
and feedlot rations. Very mild weather across the whole state and with
producers shipping cattle not much attention has been giving to buying hay.
All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Premium: Small Squares, 200.00; Large Squares, 180.00.
Good: Large Rounds, 110.00-130.00 in NE MT. Fair to Good: Large Squares,
145.00. Fair: Large Squares, 130.00-135.00.
Mix Alfalfa/Grass: No reported sales.
Grass: Fair: Large Squares, 105.00. Utility to Fair: 70.00-80.00 in NE
Timothy Grass: Premium: Small Squares, 240.00. Good: Small Squares,
Straw: Barley straw, large squares 40.00-45.00. Wheat straw, large squares
40.00; large rounds 35.00-40.00.
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