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USDA Montana Hay                                   07/17 12:35
Billings, MT    Fri July 17, 2015    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week:  Alfalfa was steady to firm this week as many market
participants began to establish asking prices and make sales. Demand for
Alfalfa is mostly moderate. Many farmer continue to hold on to hay supplies 
in the hopes that prices will improve as the full market is established. 
Many parts of the state are beginning to cut second cutting, however rain in 
the south central part of the state has made that difficult for some farmers. 
Drought conditions continue to spread east as the western drought grows. 
42.31 percent of the state was in Moderate to Extreme drought as of Thursday's
report, with the majority of  Drought conditions on the Highline and in the
Western portion of the state. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless 
otherwise noted.

   Alfalfa:   Supreme:  Small squares, 200.00-210.00
              Good:     Large squares, 150.00 
              Fair:     Large squares, 110.00-135.00

   Grass:     Good:     Large Rounds, 90.00-100.00
                        Large Squares, 100.00   

   Timothy Grass:  Premium:  Small Squares, 180.00
                   Good:     Large Rounds, 120.00  

   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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