Billings, MT Fri Nov 14, 2014 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Very little trade this week in Montana, not
enough reported sales to make any comparisons. Demand still good for
high testing dairy hay as bids are about 1.00 per RFV point, but many
dairies right now are not buying any hay as their immediate needs are met.
Demand only moderate for grass hay as there is an abundant supply of
low protein feed, whatever the ingredient is. Winter arrived in Montana
this week with below zero overnight lows and highs in the single digits
and teens. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Supreme: Large Squares, 215.00-225.00. Premium: Small Squares, 200.00; Large Squares, 180.00. Good: Large Rounds, 110.00-130.00 in NE MT.
Fair to Good: Large Squares, 145.00. Fair: Large Squares, 130.00-135.00.
Grass: Fair: Large Squares, 105.00. Utility to Fair: 70.00-80.00 in NE
Timothy Grass: Premium: Small Squares, 240.00. Good: Small Squares,
Straw: Barley Straw: Large Squares 40.00-45.00. Wheat straw: Large Squares
40.00; Large Rounds 35.00-40.00. Tricale Straw: Large Squares, 40.00.
Alfalfa guidelines (domestic livestock use and not more than 10 pct grass)
Quality ADF NDF RFV TDN-100pct TDN-90pct CP-100pct
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 Wis/Minn formula. TDN calculated using the
western formula. Quantitative factors are approximate and many factors can
affect feeding value. Values based on 100pct dry matter.
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.
Grass Hay guidelines
Quality Crude Protein Percent
Premium Over 13
Fair 5- 9
Utility Under 5
Source: USDA Market News Service, Sioux Falls, SD
Justin Lumpkin, Officer in Charge 605-372-8350