USDA Texas Hay 11/29 08:10
Amarillo, TX Fri November 29, 2013 USDA Market News
Weekly Texas Hay Report
Compared to last week: Hay prices remained unchanged with trade activity
slow on light demand this holiday week. Snow storm moved into the panhandle
western part of the state over the past weekend bringing some much need
for the winter wheat fields. East and south texas continue to receive rain
along with cooler temperatures. The cold weather in these areas have brought
frost that has stopped the growth of Coastal Bermuda. Supplemental feeding to
livestock continues througout the state. Prices for hay and pellets quoted per
ton except where noted.
The Texas Department of Agriculture has Hay and Grazing Hot Line set up for
Buyers and sellers looking for hay or grazing; the number is 1-877-429-1998.
The website for the hotline is: www.TexasAgricultue.gov/hayhotline
Alfalfa: Small Bales: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 9.50-12.00 per Bale.
Large Bales: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 260.00-285.00, instances up to
300.00; Good to Premium 240.00-260.00; Fair to Good 210.00-240.00; brown
alfalfa/Grass Mix 195.00-210.00.
Small Bales: FOB: Premium to Supreme 7.50-11.00 per bale; 300.00-365.00 per
Large Bales: FOB: Premium to Supreme 230.00-250.00.
Chopped Alfalfa: Delivered to feedlots: North: 195.00-220.00. South:
210.00-235.00, calf hay 260.00-265.00.
Coastal Bermuda: Large bales: Delivered: 190.00-200.00, 100.00 per bale.
Small Bales: delivered: 10.50 per bale.
Wheat Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 130.00-165.00. Beardless: 165.00-185.00.
Triticale: Large Bales: Delivered: 165.00.
Sorghum Hay: Large Bales: FOB: 70.00-100.00.
Cotton Burrs: Delivered: 75.00-80.00.
Corn or Sorghum Stalks: Delivered: 75.00-80.00.
Far West Texas/Trans Pecos:
Alfalfa: Small Squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme 270.00-300.00, 8.00-9.00
Large squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme 245.00-250.00.
North, Central, and East Texas:
Alfalfa: Small Bales: FOB: Premium to Supreme 7.00, 230 per ton; Good To
Premium 5.00-7.00 165.00-230.00 per ton.
Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 280.00-315.00; Good to Premium
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 200.00-230.00, 6.00-
7.00 per bale, Fair to Good 4.00-6.00 per bale, 135.00-200.00 per ton.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium 50.00-80.00; 100.00-160.00 per ton,
Good 40.00-50.00 per roll, 80.00-100.00 per ton.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 230.00-265.00, 7.00-
8.00 per bale; Fair to Good 165.00-230.00, 5.00-7.00 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB and delivered locally: Good to Premium 120.00-160.00;
60.00-80.00, instances 90.00 per roll.
Table 1: Alfalfa guidelines (for domestic livestock use and not more than
Quality ADF NDF *RFV **TDN-100% **TDN-90% CP
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 100%
dry matter (TDN showing both 100% & 90%). Guidelines are to be used with
visual appearance and intent of sale (usage).
Table 2: Grass Hay guidelines
Quality Crude Protein Percent
Premium Over 13
Utility Under 5
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.
Hay Quality Designation's physical descriptions:
Supreme: Very early maturity, pre bloom, soft fine stemmed, extra leafy.
Factors indicative of very high nutritive content. Hay is excellent color
and free of damage.
Premium: Early maturity, i.e., pre-bloom in legumes and pre head in grass
hays, extra leafy and fine stemmed-factors indicative of a high nutritive
content. Hay is green and free of damage.
Good: Early to average maturity, i.e., early to mid-bloom in legumes and
early head in grass hays, leafy, fine to medium stemmed, free of damage other
than slight discoloration.
Fair: Late maturity, i.e., mid to late-bloom in legumes, head-in grass
hays, moderate or below leaf content, and generally coarse stemmed. Hay may
show light damage.
Utility: Hay in very late maturity, such as mature seed pods in legumes or
mature head in grass hays, coarse stemmed. This category could include hay
discounted due to excessive damage and heavy weed content or mold. Defects
will be identified in market reports when using this category.
Source: USDA Market News Service, Amarillo, TX
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