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USDA Montana Hay                                   08/29 14:25
Billings, MT    Fri  Aug 29, 2014    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report

   Compared to last week:  Alfalfa hay remains steady.  Very good
demand remains for high testing dairy quality alfalfa from out of
state buyers, demand much lighter from in-state buyers of lower quality
alfalfa suitable for feeding beef cows and feedlot cattle.  Very large
rains across MT this past week with more in the forecast has completely
halted haying, many growers had hay rained on making high quality hay that
much harder to find.  All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise
   Alfalfa:  Supreme:  Large Squares, 215.00.  Premium:  Large Squares, 200.00; 
Large Rounds, 190.00 Del short haul.  Good to Premium:  Large Squares, 170.00-
180.00; Small Squares 200.00.  Good:  Large Squares, 170.00; Small Squares,
170.00.  Fair to Good:  Large Rounds and Squares in NE MT 115.00-120.00.  Fair:
Large Squares, 155.00.

   Mix Alfalfa/Grass:  No reported sales.

   Grass:  Premium:  Large Squares, 135.00.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 70.00-80.00 in

   Timothy Grass:  Premium:  Small Squares, old crop, 180.00.  

   Straw:  Large Rounds, 50.00 Del short haul.
   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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