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USDA Montana Hay                                   10/17 13:25
Billings, MT    Fri  Oct 17, 2014    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report

   Compared to last week:  All classes of hay steady.  Demand and inquiry
was varied across the state.  Best demand was seen in the north central area 
of the state with light demand in the central I-90 corridor area.  Demand good
for high testing hay suitable for dairies, more moderate for lower qualities.  
Cattle producers are busy with shipping calves and open cows, no need for
supplemental feeding yet as a result the only activity would be those
in need of dairy hay.  All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise
   Alfalfa:  Premium:  Small Squares, 200.00; Large Squares, 190.00-195.00.
Good to Premium:  Large Squares, 170.00-180.00.  Good:  Large Squares,
150.00-155.00, Large Rounds, 110.00-130.00 in NE MT.  Fair:  Large Squares,

   Mix Alfalfa/Grass:  No reported sales.

   Grass:  Utility to Fair:  70.00-80.00 in NE MT.

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

   Straw:  Barley straw, large squares 50.00.  Wheat straw, large squares
40.00; large 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, Sioux Falls, SD
         Justin Lumpkin, Officer in Charge 605-372-8350

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