Amarillo, TX Fri Feb 15, 2013 USDA Market News
Weekly Texas Hay Report
Compared to last week: Hay prices mostly steady. Trade and demand light to
moderate. Available hay is being held at steady to higher price levels while
many buyers continue to try to purchase at lower levels. High priced feed ration
costs, lower trending cattle markets and Dairies continuing to be cautious have
buyers bidding lower while high production costs have hay producers reluctant to
lower price levels. Numerous areas of the state have received moisture in the
form of rain or snow the last several weeks which will be beneficial to winter
grasses, wheat and other forages. These rains and snow will add moisture to dry
soils and should benefit farmers intending to plant row crops in the early
spring. This moisture will not be enough to break drought conditions in most
areas but it will be helpful.
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: Good to Premium 9.00-10.00 per bale,
Large Bales: FOB: Premium to Supreme 270.00-290.00, few loads to 300.00; Good
to Premium 250.00-270.00.
Large Bales: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 275.00-300.00. Good to Premium
250.00-275.00; Fair to Good 225.00-250.00. .
Alfalfa/Grass: Large Bales: Delivered: Good 200.00-210.00.
Chopped Alfalfa: Delivered to feedlots: North: 235.00-260.00. South: 240.00-
270.00, calf hay 278.00.
Prairie Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 195.00-220.00.
Coastal Bermuda: Large Bales: Delivered: 185.00.
Milo Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 125.00-130.00
Wheat Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 170.00-180.00
Milo Stalks: Large Bales: Delivered: 105.00
CRP Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 80.00-85.00
Haygrazer: Large Bales: Delivered: 160.00-175.00.
Cotton Burrs: Ground and Delivered: 100.00-115.00.
Cotton Seed Hulls: Delivered: 140.00-145.00.
Far West Texas/Trans Pecos:
Alfalfa: Small Squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme 285.00-390.00, 8.00-12.00
Large squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme 240.00-280.00; some sales 250.00 per
Sudan Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 165.00.
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 300.00-330.00; instances 150.00
per large bale. Good to Premium 275.00-300.00.
Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 230.00-265.00, 7.00-8.00 per bale,
Fair to Good 5.00-7.00 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium 60.00-80.00, instances 90.00-100.00, per
roll; 140.00-160.00 per ton, Good 50.00-60.00 per roll, 100.00-140.00 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, instances 100.00 per roll, Good 50.00-60.00 per roll, 100.00-120.00
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
806/372-6361 - firstname.lastname@example.org
USDA 24 hour price information 806-372-3494
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