USDA Montana Hay 07/17 12:35
Billings, MT Fri July 17, 2015 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Alfalfa was steady to firm this week as many market
participants began to establish asking prices and make sales. Demand for
Alfalfa is mostly moderate. Many farmer continue to hold on to hay supplies
in the hopes that prices will improve as the full market is established.
Many parts of the state are beginning to cut second cutting, however rain in
the south central part of the state has made that difficult for some farmers.
Drought conditions continue to spread east as the western drought grows.
42.31 percent of the state was in Moderate to Extreme drought as of Thursday's
report, with the majority of Drought conditions on the Highline and in the
Western portion of the state. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless
Alfalfa: Supreme: Small squares, 200.00-210.00
Good: Large squares, 150.00
Fair: Large squares, 110.00-135.00
Grass: Good: Large Rounds, 90.00-100.00
Large Squares, 100.00
Timothy Grass: Premium: Small Squares, 180.00
Good: Large Rounds, 120.00
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
Fair 5- 9
Utility Under 5
Source: USDA Market News Service, Billings, MT
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