USDA Montana Hay 04/11 09:30
Billings, MT Fri Apr 11, 2014 USDA Market News
Weekly Montana Hay Report
Compared to last week: Sales steady to weak on a light movement of
hay this week. Demand moderate currently from in state customers, moderate
to good from out of state buyers where supplies of hay are much more
limited. Good moisture conditions across much of the state, the exception
is the northeast were conditions are much drier. Good snowpack levels
in the mountain ranges across the state making the outlook for the coming
irrigation season looking very positive. All prices are dollars per ton and
FOB unless otherwise noted.
Alfalfa: Fair to Good: Rounds, 120.00. New Crop Contract Large Squares,
Mix Alfalfa/Grass: Fair to Good: Large Rounds, 120.00.
Timothy Grass: Premium: Small Squares 240.00. Good: Small Squares 180.00.
CRP Grass: Large Rounds, 50.00.
Straw: No reported sales.
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, Sioux Falls, SD
Justin Lumpkin, 605-372-8350
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