Billings, MT Fri Dec 19, 2014 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Trade volume continues to be light ahead of the
Holiday season and end of the year. Alfalfa and grass steady. Inquiry about
available supply has been reported as light with demand light to moderate.
Many hay buyers have already either already purchased or contracted their hay
needs for the year. Several hay producers are getting close to being sold out.
The mild and open winter has allowed cattle producers to continue to graze their
cows reducing the need for supplemental hay feeding. This is the last report
for 2014. Next available report will be in three weeks on Friday January 9, 2015.
All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Supreme: Large Squares, 220.00. Premium: Small Squares,
200.00; Large Squares, 170.00. Good: Large Squares, 120.00 in South Central
MT, Large Rounds, 110.00-130.00 in NE MT. Fair to Good: Large Squares, 145.00-
150.00. Fair: Large Squares, 120.00-135.00.
Grass: Good: Large Squares, 130.00-150.00 in North Central MT; Large
Rounds, 110.00 in South Central Montana. Fair: Large Squares, 105.00.
Utility to Fair: 70.00-80.00 in NE MT.
Timothy Grass: Premium: Small Squares, 240.00. Good: Small Squares,
160.00-180.00; Large Rounds, 110.00.
Straw: Large Rounds, 40.00; Large Squares 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 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
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