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USDA Montana Hay                                   08/14 16:15
Billings, MT    Fri  Aug 15, 2014    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report

   Compared to last week:  Alfalfa hay steady to firm.  Very good demand
for high quality Dairy hay, moderate to good demand for lower grades.
Alfalfa growers in the southern half of the state are trying to finish
up their second cutting, while northern growers are still a week or two
away from making theirs.  Hay supplies are more limited in north central
Montana, specifically the region referred to by the locals as the Golden
Triangle, as rains have missed that area leaving it very dry and with
little dryland hay to put up.  Light demand for straw currently.  Hay
growers report a lot of inquiry and bids from Idaho and Washington buyers,
local buyers not as active yet.  Alfalfa growers in the southern half of the
state are working on trying to finish putting up second cutting, northern
half still a week or so away from making their second cut.  Timothy grass hay
producers remain busy cutting and baling.  All prices are dollars per ton and
FOB unless otherwise noted.
   Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Squares, 200.00; Large Rounds, 190.00 Del short
haul.  Good to Premium:  Large Squares, 175.00-180.00;  Small Squares 200.00.  
Good:  Large Squares, 170.00; Small Squares, 170.00.  Fair to Good:  Large
Rounds and Squares in NE MT 115.00-120.00.  Fair:  Large Squares, 140.00.

   Mix Alfalfa/Grass:  No reported sales.

   Grass:  Premium:  Large Squares, 135.00.  Timothy Grass:  Premium:  Small
Squares, old crop, 180.00.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 70.00-80.00 in NE MT.

   Straw:  Large Rounds, 50.00 Del short haul.
   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, Sioux Falls, SD
         Justin Lumpkin, OIC 605-372-8350

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