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USDA Montana Hay                                   10/24 14:55
BL_GR310
Billings, MT    Fri  Oct 24, 2014    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report

   Compared to last week:  All classes of hay remain mostly steady.  Demand
moderate to good currently with the best demand centered on high testing
hay for dairies, more moderate for lower quality suitable for beef cow
and feedlot rations.  Very mild weather across the whole state and with
producers shipping cattle not much attention has been giving to buying hay.
All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.
  
   Alfalfa:  Premium:  Small Squares, 200.00; Large Squares, 180.00.
Good:  Large Rounds, 110.00-130.00 in NE MT.  Fair to Good:  Large Squares,
145.00.  Fair:  Large Squares, 130.00-135.00.

   Mix Alfalfa/Grass:  No reported sales.

   Grass:  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,
180.00.  

   Straw:  Barley straw, large squares 40.00-45.00.  Wheat straw, large squares
40.00; large 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, Sioux Falls, SD
         Justin Lumpkin, Officer in Charge 605-372-8350
         www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/BL_GR310.txt
         www.ams.usda.gov/lpsmarketnewspage

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