Amarillo, TX Fri Jun 08, 2012 USDA Market News
Weekly Texas Hay Report
Compared to last week: Alfalfa and wheat prices were mostly steady to weak on
continued slow movement. New crop Coastal Bermuda hay sold steady to firm. The
Panhandle and South Texas reported some much needed recent rain for the week
combined with slow movement resulted in softened prices. In Central and East
Texas producers are still needing the rain for hay growth. Producers in some
these areas reporting a only a fourth of production of new crop Coastal Bermuda
hay compared to expected yields. 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-not established
Few sales Good to Premium 265.00-310.00; 8.00-9.50 per bale.
Large Round and Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 240.00-250.00; Good to
Premium 225.00-240.00; Fair to Good 185.00-225.00.
Chopped Alfalfa: Delivered to feedlots: North: 210.00-220.00. South: 220.00-
225.00, calf hay 235.00-240.00.
Wheat Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 150.00-180.00; Few Sales 80.00-85.00 per
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: Delivered: Good to Premium limited sales
330.00; 10.00 per bale.
Large Rounds: Delivered: Good to Premium 150.00-170.00; 90.00 per roll.
Barley Hay: Large Rounds: Delivered: 150.00.
Alfalfa: Small Squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme 325.00-360.00, 10.00-12.00
per bale; Good to Premium 300.00-325.00, 9.00-10.00 per bale
Large squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme 245.00-275.00; Good to Premium
North, Central, and East Texas:
Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme limited test 330.00;
10.00 per bale.
Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme limited test 220.00. Good to
Premium 210.00-220.00; Fair to Good 185.00-210.00.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 265.00-330.00;
8.00-10.00 per bale, Fair quality 6.00-8.00.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium 60.00-90.00 per roll, instances 103.00 per
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 165.00-265.00, 5.00-
8.00 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB and delivered locally: Good to Premium 120.00-160.00;
60.00-80.00 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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