Billings, MT Fri Jan 9, 2015 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Steady to lower undertones evident on all classes
of hay. Demand mostly moderate for alfalfa, the lightest demand is for
dairy quality hay currently. Most out of state dairies contracted a large
volume of their hay needs earlier and now are balking at the offered prices.
Good demand for straw as cattle producers are needing bedding for their
livestock to protect them and make them comfortable during this cold weather.
Bitter cold temps and snowfall across a good portion of the state this week.
Hay producers aren’t feeling the pressure to lower their asking prices as
there remains a lot of winter yet to go through. All prices are dollars per ton
and FOB unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Premium: Small Squares, 200.00; Good to Premium: Large Squares,
150.00-160.00. Fair: Large Squares, 115.00.
Grass: Good: Large Rounds, 90.00-100.00 in South Central Montana.
Timothy Grass: Premium: Small Squares, 240.00. Good: Small Squares,
160.00-180.00; Large Rounds, 110.00.
Straw: Large Squares and Rounds, 40.00-45.00.
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
Justin Lumpkin, Officer in Charge 605-372-8350