Amarillo, TX Fri April 13, 2012 USDA Market News
Weekly Texas Hay Report
Compared to last week: Hay movement light under limited buyer demand.
Most hay buyers and sellers continue to negotiate new-crop hay prices with many
prices not yet confirmed. Many buyers are still not willing to build inventories
until new-crop price levels are set and are willing to only purchase limited
needs. Recent rains around the state have benefited grasslands and demand for
supplemental feeding is limited.
Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton except where noted.
The Texas Department of Agriculture has Hay and Grazing Hot Line set up for
buyers and sellers looking for hay or grazing; the number is 1-877-429-1998.
The website for the hotline is: www.TexasAgricultue.gov/hayhotline
Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 400.00-460.00, 12.00-
14.00 per bale; Good to Premium 350.00-400.00, 10.00-12.00 per bale..
Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 290.00-300.00; Good to Premium
270.00-290.00; Fair to Good 240.00-270.00.
Chopped Alfalfa: Delivered to feedlots: North: 250.00-275.00. South: 275.00-
Wheat Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 190.00-195.00.
Coastal Bermuda: Large Rounds: Delivered: 240.00-260.00.
Corn Stover: Large Rounds: Delivered: 120.00-125.00. FOB: 100.00
CRP Grass: Large Bales: FOB: 100.00.
Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 400.00-460.00; Good to
Premium 350.00-400.00. FOB: 300.00-350.00, 10.00-12.00 per bale
Large squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 290.00-300.00; Good to Premium
Corn Stovers: Large Rounds: Delivered: 120.00-125.00.
North, Central, and East Texas:
Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 400.00-495.00; 12.00-
15.00 per bale.
Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 290.00-300.00. Good to Premium
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: New-Crop: FOB: Good to Premium 270.00-300.00;
9.00-10.00 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: New-Crop 80.00-85.00; 160.00-200.00
Wheat Hay: Large Rounds: Delivered: 140.00
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: few sales, New-Crop: FOB: Good to Premium
180.00-270.00, 6.00-9.00 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: few sales, New- Crop: Good to Premium 140.00-200.00;
70.00-85.00 per roll.
Table 1: Alfalfa guidelines (for domestic livestock use and not more than 10%
Quality ADF NDF *RFV **TDN-100% **TDN-90% CP
Supreme <27 <34 >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 <130 <56 <50.5 <16
*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 100% dry
matter (TDN showing both 100% & 90%). Guidelines are to be used with visual
appearance and intent of sale (usage).
Table 2: Grass Hay guidelines
Quality Crude Protein Percent
Premium Over 13
Utility Under 5
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.
Hay Quality Designation's physical descriptions:
Supreme: Very early maturity, pre bloom, soft fine stemmed, extra leafy.
Factors indicative of very high nutritive content. Hay is excellent color and
free of damage.
Premium: Early maturity, i.e., pre-bloom in legumes and pre head in grass
hays, extra leafy and fine stemmed-factors indicative of a high nutritive
content. Hay is green and free of damage.
Good: Early to average maturity, i.e., early to mid-bloom in legumes and
early head in grass hays, leafy, fine to medium stemmed, free of damage other
than slight discoloration.
Fair: Late maturity, i.e., mid to late-bloom in legumes, head-in grass hays,
moderate or below leaf content, and generally coarse stemmed. Hay may show light
Utility: Hay in very late maturity, such as mature seed pods in legumes or
mature head in grass hays, coarse stemmed. This category could include hay
discounted due to excessive damage and heavy weed content or mold. Defects will
be identified in market reports when using this category.
Source: USDA Market News Service, Amarillo, TX
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