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USDA Montana Hay                                   01/30 09:15
Billings, MT    Fri Jan 30, 2015    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report

   Compared to last week:  The hay market is very quiet with few trades 
reported again this week.  Light demand for alfalfa currently.  Dairies are
very reserved in buying hay due to the current milk prices, and are only 
buying hay on an as needed basis.  Mild temps have benefitted cattle producers
the past couple of weeks, with supplemental feed needs greatly decreased.  
Demand has softened for straw as well with the warmer temps.  Moderate demand 
for grass hay.  Hay growers are content to keep their asking prices steady, as
there remains a lot of winter yet and its a long time until new crop hay will 
available.  All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted. 
   Alfalfa:  Premium:  Small Squares, 200.00.  Fair:  Large Squares, 115.00.

   Grass:  Good:  Large Rounds, 100.00 in South Central Montana.  

   Timothy Grass:  Premium:  Small Squares, 240.00.  Good:  Small Squares,
160.00-180.00; Large Rounds, 110.00.  

   Straw:  Large Squares and Rounds, 40.00-45.00.

   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
         Erika Goette, Market Reporter 605-372-8350

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