Amarillo, TX Fri Dec 07, 2012 USDA Market News
Weekly Texas Hay Report
Compared to last week: Hay prices generally steady. Trade slow and demand
light to moderate over most marketing areas of the state. Warmer than normal
temperatures has been noticed over the state with some grasslands and pastures
still having some limited grazing especially in East and South Texas. Livestock
producers are trying to get as much grazing before severe freezes and hay
producers are holding hay supplies in firm hands. Some hay producers satisfied
to store hay instead of lowering price levels. Much of the state continues to
be in some degree of drought. Pastures are browning, wheat, winter small grains
and forages are showing stress due to lack of moisture except irrigated fields.
Hay cutting and bailing is mostly completed for the season. 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-10.00-11.00 per bale
Few sales 320.00-360.00; Good to Premium 9.00-9.50 per bale, 300.00-320.00.
Large Bales: FOB: Premium to Supreme 270.00-290.00; Good to Premium 250.00-
Large Bales: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 300.00-325.00. Good to Premium
275.00-300.00; Fair to Good 250.00-275.00.
Chopped Alfalfa: Delivered to feedlots: North: 260.00-280.00. South: 260.00-
285.00, calf hay 295.00.
Corn Stalks: Ground and Delivered: 95.00
Wheat Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 160.00-170.00.
Brown Midrib: Large Bales: Delivered: 120.00-122.00.
Sorghum Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 180.00-235.00
Hay Grazer: Large Bales: Delivered : 180.00; FOB: 60.00-80.00 per roll
Redtop Cane Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 175.0-195.00; FOB: 160.00.
Far West Texas/Trans Pecos:
Alfalfa: Small Squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme 285.00-395.00, 8.00-12.00
Large squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme 240.00-250.00.
North, Central, and East Texas:
Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme limited test 8.00-
12.00 per bale.
Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 300.00-325.00. Good to Premium
Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 230.00-265.00, Good 7.00-8.00 per bale,
Few sales 10.00 per bale; Fair to Good 5.00-7.00 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium 60.00-90.00, per roll; 120.00-180.00 per
ton, Good 50.00-60.00 per roll, 100.00-120.00 per ton.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 230.00-265.00, 7.00-8.00
per bale; Fair to Good 165.00-230.00, 5.00-7.00 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB and delivered locally: Good to Premium 120.00-160.00;
60.00-80.00 per roll, Good 50.00-60.00 per roll, 100.00-120.00 per ton.
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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