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
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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