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USDA Montana Hay                                   05/22 13:30
Billings, MT    Fri May 22, 2015    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report

 Compared to last week:  Very little change was seen in the hay market this
week as farmers just wait on the new crop to come in. What little bit of hay
moved was moved at steady money. Western dairies still have no new contract 
prices. Demand for Alfalfa hay is light on very light supplies. Many parts of 
central Montana received between 1.5 to 3.0 inches of much needed rain last 
weekend, which was a welcomed sight for all hay farmers. This rain did help 
curb the worry of an all-out drought, as well as, curb some demand for
ranchers buying hay to stock up in case of a drought. In western Montana hay 
continues to be sold to cover needs until cows can be turned out. Central
Montana range conditions improved drastically with the recent rainfall and many 
ranchers are busy turning out cows. Additionally, new crop hay contracts 
continue to filter in with slightly lower prices since the last rain. Light 
demand was seen for grass hay marketed within the state. Good demand continues 
to be seen for hay to ship to other areas of the country. All prices are 
per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.

   Alfalfa:   Supreme:  Small squares, 200.00
              Premium:  Large squares, 150.00-155.00
              Good:     Large squares, 120.00 
                        Small squares, 138.00-150.00
              Fair:     Large squares, 90.00-130.00

   Grass:  Good:  Large Rounds, 90.00-100.00; New crop contract, 110.00-120.00
                  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

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