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USDA Montana Hay                                   09/19 11:50
Billings, MT    Fri  Sep 19, 2014    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report

   Compared to last week:  Higher quality alfalfa, suitable for dairy hay,
steady, lower quality hay weaker undertone.  Demand remains good for 
dairy hay as that quality has been hard to put up this year, moderate
demand for hay for feeding beef cows and feedlot cattle.  Hay growers are
tyring to finish up small grain harvest across the state, showers have
continued to delay their progress.  Hard freezes occurred across the state
this week.  Third cutting of alfalfa taking place this week.  All prices are
dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.
   Alfalfa:  Premium:  Small Squares, 200.00; Large Squares, 190-195.00.
Good to Premium:  Large Squares, 170.00-180.00.  Good:  Large Squares,
150.00-155.00.  Fair:  Large Squares, 135.00-140.00.

   Mix Alfalfa/Grass:  No reported sales.

   Grass:  No reported sales.

   Timothy Grass:  Premium:  Small Squares, 240.00.  Good:  Small Squares,

   Straw:  Barley straw, large squares 50.00.  Wheat straw, large squares
   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

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