Sioux Falls, SD Fri Dec 5, 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: Alfalfa and grass hay sold fully steady on
a very light volume week. Winter weather eased this week as we saw
temperatures across the trade area move back above freezing for daytime
highs and didn’t see any of those below zero temps at night. Cows are
able to graze the cornstalk fields without any supplemental feeding
as the snow has melted and left or is starting to leave in northern parts
of the state where the snowfalls were greater. Demand still very good
for high testing hay or simply some lower testing alfalfa but that which is
clean and green, preferably out of a shed. Lower quality hay remains
abundant and demand is only moderate at best. The official start of winter
hasn’t even begun but the unofficial start happened on Nov 10. This early
start caught many off guard but now with the weather moderating to normal
or just above normal temps there isn’t the urgency there was to get hay
laid in. Calves continue to be placed in feedyards keeping the demand
for high quality grass hay high. All hay and straw sold by the ton FOB, unless
Alfalfa: Supreme: Large Squares: 250.00. Good to Premium: Large Squares,
200.00-225.00. Good: Large Rounds, 130.00, 150.00 Del. Utiilty to Fair:
Large Squares, 130.00-160.00. Utility: Large Squares, 75.00-125.00.
Sun-cured Alfalfa pellets: 15 pct 220.00; 17 pct 230.00. Alfalfa Meal: 17
Grass: Good to Premium: Large Rounds, 120.00-130.00. Fair to Good: Large
Rounds, 115.00. Utility: Large Rounds, 100.00.
Millet Hay: Large Rounds, 85.00-90.00.
Cornstalks: Large Rounds, 55.00.
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