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USDA Montana Hay                                   04/24 12:55
Billings, MT    Fri Apr 24, 2015    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report

 Compared to last week:  Alfalfa hay supplies continue to lighten, many 
farmers are completely sold out of high quality hay, but still have some 
lower quality cattle hay to move. Western dairies have yet to start 
contracting hay for next year leaving many farmers wondering where prices
are going to be offered. Demand for Alfalfa hay is light. With some parts
of central Montana receiving rain this week, interest in purchasing stockpiles
of hay have eased. However, buyers remain cautious with much of the western
portion of the country in Drought status as they fear demand from other 
regions could help improve local hay prices. Light demand was seen for grass 
hay marketed within the state. Good demand continues to be seen for hay to 
ship to other areas of the country. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB 
unless otherwise noted.

   Alfalfa:   Supreme:  Small squares, 200.00
              Premium:  Large squares, 150.00-155.00
              Good:     Small squares, 138.00-150.00
              Fair:     Large squares, 90.00-130.00

   Grass:  Good:  Large Rounds, 90.00-100.00 in South Central Montana.
                  Large Squares, 100.00  

   Timothy Grass:  Premium:  Small Squares, 240.00.  Good:  Small Squares,

   Straw:  Large Squares and Rounds, 35.00-40.00.

   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, Billings, MT
         John Kimbrell, Officer in Charge

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