Sioux Falls, SD Fri Nov 14, 2014 USDA-SD Dept of Ag Market News
Weekly East River South Dakota Hay Market
All prices per ton, unless noted, FOB the stack.
Compared to last week: A light reported volume of alfalfa this week,
not enough comparable sales to make a definitive market comparison. Grass
hay steady. Very good demand for grass hay this week to start calves on,
demand good for high testing dairy quality hay, demand more moderate for
alfalfa suitable only for grinding. Corn stalk baling was going fast and
furious before Monday when the artic blast brought bitter cold temps and snow
north of US highway 14 arrived. South of US 14 conditions remain open
allowing those balers to keep running but there is snow in the forecast
for Saturday. As calves are arriving in yards to be started on feed there is
a lot of interest in good grass hay. There doesn’t seem to be as much interest
on alfalfa unless it is some high testing hay suitable for a dairy ration.
All hay and straw sold by the ton FOB, unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Supreme: Large Rounds, 200.00 Delivered. Good: Large Squares,
180.00 del to the dairy. Fair: Large Squares, 140.00. Utility: Large
Sun-cured Alfalfa pellets: 15 pct 220.00; 17 pct 230.00. Alfalfa Meal: 17
Grass: Good to Premium: Large Rounds, 120.00. Fair to Good: Large
Rounds, 115.00. Utility: Large Rounds, 100.00.
Millet Hay: Large Rounds, 90.00.
Cornstalks: Large Rounds, 55.00 New Crop.
Alfalfa guidelines (domestic livestock use and not more than 10 pct
Quality ADF NDF RFV TDN-100 pct TDN-90 pct CP
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 WI/MN formula. TDN calculated using the western
Quantitative factors are approximate and many factors can affect feeding value.
Values based on 100 pct dry matter.
Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect feeding
value. Values based on 100 pct dry matter. End usage may influence hay price
or value more than testing results.
Grass Hay guidelines
Quality Crude Protein Percent
Premium Over 13
Utility Under 5
Source: USDA-SD Dept of Ag Market News, Sioux Falls, SD
Justin Lumpkin, Officer in Charge 605-372-8350