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USDA Montana Hay                                   02/27 10:00
Billings, MT    Fri Feb 27, 2015    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report

   Compared to last week:  Alfalfa Hay sales were near nil this week as few 
producers are willing to take lower money for their hay. Most producers are 
content to continue to wait and see if export demand picks up after an 
was reached last Friday. Demand is very light for Alfalfa. Locally marketed 
and small squares of grass hay are having the same issues as alfalfa as excess 
supply is putting pressure on the market. Weather conditions have farmer 
using limited amounts of hay which has not helped moved last years lower 
hay. Good demand continues to be seen for hay to ship to other areas of the 
Much of the rest of the country is stuck in a rut as cold conditions continue. 
state sales were generally steady to weak this week, while out of state sales 
were fully steady. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise 

   Alfalfa:   Supreme:  Large squares, 175.00  Small squares, 200.00
              Premium:  Large Squares, 155.00
              Good:     Small squares, 150.00
              Fair:     Large squares, 130.00

   Grass:  Good:  Large Rounds, 90.00-100.00 in South Central Montana.  

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

   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, Billings, MT
         John Kimbrell, Officer in Charge

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