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USDA Montana Hay                                   10/09 16:55
Billings, MT    Fri October 09, 2015    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report

Compared to last week:  Alfalfa was steady to weak this week on mostly light 
and light to moderate demand. Producers are on the last leg of 3rd cutting and 
many are 
finished completely and have it in the stack. Quality for tested 3rd has been 
from 170-225 RFV, however many producers are struggling to move high quality 
hay. Most 
producers have hay priced around a dollar per point for third, however higher 
hay has yet to move. Grass hay was mostly steady this week with mostly light 
seen. Drought conditions improved some with the rain that fell last week and 
producers are trying to leave their cattle on pasture and range as long as 
This has interest for short term needs near zero and buyers still looking for 
for both grass hay and alfalfa. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless 

   Alfalfa:     Supreme:  Small squares, 200.00-225.00
                Premium:  Large squares, 170.00-180.00
                Good:     Large squares, 150.00-170.00
                Fair:     Large squares, 100.00-135.00
                          Large rounds,  120.00

Grass/Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large squares, 170.00
                Good:     Large rounds,  125.00-140.00
                Fair:     Large squares, 110.00-115.00


   Grass:       Good:     Large squares, 135.00
          Large rounds,  115.00-120.00
                Fair:     Large squares,  80.00
                          Large rounds,  100.00

Timothy Grass:  Premium:  Small squares, 180.00-225.00
                Good:     Large rounds,  120.00  
                Good:     Small squares, 150.00

Barley straw:             Large squares, 35.00-55.00

Wheat straw:              Large squares, 32.00 (Old crop)

   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

1545m    jdk

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