USDA Texas Hay 06/15 09:35
Amarillo, TX Fri, June 15, 2018 USDA Market News
Weekly Texas Hay Report
Compared to last report: All classes of large bales of hay traded mostly
to 15.00 higher, with instances of 25.00 higher on Supreme alfalfa. Demand was
with hopes of a good rain with the forecast showing some this weekend in most
areas. Hay becoming very scarce after many first cuttings were froze out
along with the intense drought recently. Buyers continue to look high and
low for any hay they can get their hands on. Coastal Bermuda producers in
the East and South are cutting and getting fertilizer and water back on the
field as fast as they can. Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton except
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:
Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Supreme 275.00-295.00.
Good to Premium 235.00-275.00.
Small bales: Delivered 264.00-325.00, 8.00-9.50 per bale
Alfalfa/Oat Mix: Small Bales: FOB: 8.00 per bale.
Ground Alfalfa: Delivered to feedlots: Avg 170.00-190.00.
Wheat Hay: Large Bales Delivered: 150.00-185.00, mostly 160.00-185.00
Small Bales: Delivered: 6.25 per bale.
Coastal Bermuda: Large Bales: Delivered: Good to Premium 160.00-180.00.
Rye: Large Bales: Delivered: 180.00.
Bluestem: Large Bales: Delivered: 45.00 per bale.
Cotton Burrs: Ground and Delivered: 60.00-70.00.
Far West Texas/Trans Pecos:
Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered local or FOB: Premium to Supreme
290.00-360.00, 8.75-11.00 per bale.
Large Squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme 250.00-275.00; Good to
Wheat: Large Bales: FOB: 200.00.
Triticale: Large Bales: FOB: 200.00.
North, Central, and East Texas:
Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 280.00-295.00;
Good to Premium 270.00-280.00
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 231.00-297.00,
7.00-9.00 per bale; Fair to Good 198.00, 6.00
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium 100.00-120.00, 50.00-60.00
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 231.00-265.00,
7.00-9.00 per bale; Fair to Good 165.00-198.00, 5.00-6.00 per
Large Rounds: FOB and delivered locally: Good to Premium
100.00-160.00, 50.00-90.00 per roll.
Table 1: Alfalfa guidelines (for domestic livestock use and not more
than 10% grass)
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
Source: USDA Market News Service, Amarillo, TX
Lana Hutto, Market Reporter 806-356-5785
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