Billings, MT Fri Nov 08, 2014 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: All classes of hay remain mostly steady with few
reported trades. Demand light to moderate with the best demand centered on
high testing hay for dairies. High testing dairy quality alfalfa is selling
for about $1.00 per point of RFV. Inquiry has been light with cattle producers
focusing on marketing calves. Weather has been mild so far this fall, however
the forecast is showing colder weather with the chance of rain/snow early next
week. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Supreme: Large Squares, 215.00-225.00. 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. Tricale Straw: Large Squares, 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
Erika Goette, Market Reporter 605-372-8350