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USDA Montana Hay                                   12/19 11:45
BL_GR310
Billings, MT    Fri  Dec 19, 2014    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report

   Compared to last week:  Trade volume continues to be light ahead of the
Holiday season and end of the year.  Alfalfa and grass steady.  Inquiry about 
available supply has been reported as light with demand light to moderate.  
Many hay buyers have already either already purchased or contracted their hay 
needs for the year.  Several hay producers are getting close to being sold out. 
 
The mild and open winter has allowed cattle producers to continue to graze 
their 
cows reducing the need for supplemental hay feeding.   This is the last report 
for 2014.  Next available report will be in three weeks on Friday January 9, 
2015.
All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted. 
  
   Alfalfa:  Supreme:  Large Squares, 220.00.  Premium:  Small Squares,
200.00; Large Squares, 170.00.  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, 120.00-135.00.

   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,
160.00-180.00; Large Rounds, 110.00.  

   Straw:  Large Rounds, 40.00; Large Squares 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     <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
         Erika Goette, Market Reporter 605-372-8350
         www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/BL_GR310.txt
         www.ams.usda.gov/lpsmarketnewspage

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