USDA Montana Hay 02/27 10:00
Billings, MT Fri Feb 27, 2015 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Alfalfa Hay sales were near nil this week as few
producers are willing to take lower money for their hay. Most producers are
content to continue to wait and see if export demand picks up after an
was reached last Friday. Demand is very light for Alfalfa. Locally marketed
and small squares of grass hay are having the same issues as alfalfa as excess
supply is putting pressure on the market. Weather conditions have farmer
using limited amounts of hay which has not helped moved last years lower
hay. Good demand continues to be seen for hay to ship to other areas of the
Much of the rest of the country is stuck in a rut as cold conditions continue.
state sales were generally steady to weak this week, while out of state sales
were fully steady. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise
Alfalfa: Supreme: Large squares, 175.00 Small squares, 200.00
Premium: Large Squares, 155.00
Good: Small squares, 150.00
Fair: Large squares, 130.00
Grass: Good: Large Rounds, 90.00-100.00 in South Central Montana.
Timothy Grass: Premium: Small Squares, 240.00. Good: Small Squares,
Straw: Large Squares and Rounds, 40.00-45.00.
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
Fair 5- 9
Utility Under 5
Source: USDA Market News Service, Billings, MT
John Kimbrell, Officer in Charge
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