USDA Montana Hay 12/06 11:10
Billings, MT Fri Dec 6, 2013 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Trade at a near standstill. Demand light
to moderate currently in spite of winter weather that has set in. Inquiry
starting to improve though, but still not much activity. Plentiful hay
supplies are pressuring the market. Much grass hay was put up this summer
which is helping ranchers along after last years dire hay situation.
Bitter cold temps, 20 below zero, and large amounts of snowfall in many
areas of the week after a large winter storm moved across the area.
All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Fair to Good: Large Squares, 120.00-130.00.
Mix Alfalfa/Grass: No Reported Sales.
Timothy Grass: Premium: Small Squares 240.00. Fair to Good: Small Squares
Grass: Good: No Reported Sales
Barley Straw: No Reported Sales
Wheat Straw: No Reported Sales
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
Fair 5- 9
Utility Under 5
Source: USDA Market News Service, Sioux Falls, SD
Justin Lumpkin, Officer in Charge
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