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USDA Montana Hay                                   11/21 14:55
Billings, MT    Fri  Nov 21, 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.  Very cold weather easing
some this week bringing highs back above freezing.  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.   ***Note, this
report will not be released next week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, next
report will be Dec 5.***
   Alfalfa:  Supreme:  Large Squares, 215.00-225.00.  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, 130.00-135.00.

   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,

   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     <27     <34     >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     <130      <56         <50.5          <16

   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
Good               9-13
Fair               5- 9
Utility          Under 5

Source:  USDA Market News Service, Sioux Falls, SD
         Justin Lumpkin, Officer in Charge 605-372-8350

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