USDA Montana Hay 03/27 10:50
Billings, MT Fri Mar 27, 2015 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Alfalfa hay supplies have lightned some as
many farmers have sold loads here and there for steady money. Dairies
have yet to begin to contract for next years hay. Many ranchers are
begining to worry about moisture, as the foothills have very little or
no snow cover to fill irigation lines for the begining of the hay season.
Demand is light for alfalfa. Grass hay producers are worried about many
of the same issues as many farmers are holding prices steady as hay
supplys have lightened some. Light demand was seen for grass hay marketed
within the state. Good demand continues to be seen for hay to ship to
eastern areas of the country. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB
unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Supreme: Large squares, 175.00 Small squares, 200.00
Premium: Large squares, 155.00
Good: Small squares, 150.00
Fair: Large squares, 90.00-130.00
Grass: Good: Large Rounds, 80.00-100.00 in South Central Montana.
Large Squares, 100.00
Timothy Grass: Premium: Small Squares, 240.00. Good: Small Squares,
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
Fair 5- 9
Utility Under 5
Source: USDA Market News Service, Billings, MT
John Kimbrell, Officer in Charge
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