Billings, MT Fri Dec 12, 2014 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Very light trade volume this week, alfalfa and
grass hay continue to hold steady. Demand still good for high testing dairy
hay as bids are about 1.00 per RFV point. Demand only moderate for grass hay
as there is an abundant supply of low protein feed, whatever the ingredient is.
Most interest seems to be from in-state buyers, not as much interest currently
from out of state buyers. The market is noticeably lower in South Central MT,
Billings area, as there was a big crop and carryover from last year. Good
demand for hay along the High Line, northern MT, as dry conditions early in the
year hampered growth, and flooding in late summer destroyed hay that was already
baled up. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Supreme: Large Squares, 220.00. Premium: Small Squares,
200.00; Large Squares, 180.00. Good: Large Squares, 120.00 in South Central
MT, Large Rounds, 110.00-130.00 in NE MT. Fair to Good: Large Squares, 145.00-
150.00. Fair: Large Squares, 120.00-135.00.
Grass: Good: Large Squares, 130.00-150.00 in North Central MT; Large
Rounds, 110.00 in South Central Montana. Fair: Large Squares, 105.00.
Utility to Fair: 70.00-80.00 in NE MT.
Timothy Grass: Premium: Small Squares, 240.00. Good: Small Squares,
160.00-180.00; Large Rounds, 110.00.
Straw: Large Rounds, 40.00; Large Squares 45.00.
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
Erika Goette, Market Reporter 605-372-8350