USDA Texas Hay 09/14 09:10
Amarillo, TX Fri, Sep 14, 2018 USDA Market News
Weekly Texas Hay Report
Compared to last report: Hay traded unevenly steady as a variety of
hay continues to come onto the market. Feed yards and Dairies have been
pushed to the top of the limit on how much they are willing to pay for
top end Alfalfa or Coastal Bermuda but freight continues to play a large
factor. Variety of hay coming onto the market is being contracted to
cheapen feed rations when available. North and Central Coastal Bermuda
producers received some much needed rain after fertilizing so third
cutting chances are looking positive. Prices for hay and pellets quoted
per ton except where noted.
The Texas Department of Agriculture has Hay and Grazing phone set
up for Buyers and sellers looking for hay or grazing; the number is 1-
512-787-9966. The website for the hotline is:
Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 275.00-300.00;
Good to Premium 250.00-275.00; Fair or rained on 185.00.
Small bales: FOB: 264.00, 8.00-per bale
Ground Alfalfa: Delivered to feedlots: Avg 235.00-240.00.
Wheat Hay: Ground and Delivered: 197.00.
Small Bales: Delivered: 6.00 per bale.
Coastal Bermuda: Large Bales: Delivered: Good to Premium 180.00-240.00.
Hay Grazer: Ground and Delivered: 150.00-170.00.
Rye: Large Bales: Delivered: 180.00.
Bluestem: Large Bales: Delivered: 90.00.
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 275.00-280.00; Fair to
North, Central, and East Texas:
Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 290.00-310.00;
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 297.00-330.00,
9.00-10.00 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium 140.00-200.00, 70.00-
100.00 per roll; Fair to Good 120.00-140.00, 60.00-70.00 per
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 231.00-264.00,
7.00-8.00 per bale; Fair to Good 165.00-198.00, 5.00-6.00 per
Large Rounds: FOB and delivered locally: Good to Premium
120.00-170.00, 60.00-85.00 per roll; Fair to Good 100.00-
120.00, 50.00-60.00 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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