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USDA Montana Hay                                   03/27 10:50
Billings, MT    Fri Mar 27, 2015    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report

   Compared to last week:  Alfalfa hay supplies have lightned some as 
many farmers have sold loads here and there for steady money. Dairies 
have yet to begin to contract for next years hay. Many ranchers are 
begining to worry about moisture, as the foothills have very little or 
no snow cover to fill irigation lines for the begining of the hay season.
Demand is light for alfalfa. Grass hay producers are worried about many 
of the same issues as many farmers are holding prices steady as hay 
supplys have lightened some. Light demand was seen for grass hay marketed 
within the state. Good demand continues to be seen for hay to ship to 
eastern areas of the country. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB 
unless otherwise noted.

   Alfalfa:   Supreme:  Large squares, 175.00  Small squares, 200.00
              Premium:  Large squares, 155.00
              Good:     Small squares, 150.00
              Fair:     Large squares, 90.00-130.00

   Grass:  Good:  Large Rounds, 80.00-100.00 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

1300m    jdk

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