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USDA Texas Hay                                     11/17 15:08
AM_GR310        
Amarillo, TX       Fri, Nov 17, 2017    USDA Market News

Weekly Texas Hay Report 

  Compared to last report:  Most hay classes remained fully steady on 
moderate to good demand.  Instances of top quality Alfalfa delivered into 
West and North Texas were 10.00 higher mostly due to freight and quality.  
The hay being traded now is Alfalfa or Coastal Bermuda as other varieties 
have been contracted or sold out until next crop.  Livestock owners in 
the Panhandle were busy with supplemental feeding while owners in East 
and South Texas were only having to feed a little hay at this time.  
Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton except where noted. ***Report 
will not be released next week due to Thanksgiving holiday.  Report will 
resume Friday Dec 1st. ***

   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.TexasAgriculture.gov/hayhotline

Panhandle/High Plains:
   Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 180.00-235.00; 
Good to Premium 160.00-180.00.
Large Rounds (1200 lbs): Delivered: Premium to Supreme 90.00 
Per bale. 
Small Bales: Delivered: Good to Premium 231.00-288.75, 7.00-
8.75 per bale.     
   Ground Alfalfa: Delivered to feedlots: 155.00, Calf 160.00-165.00. 
   Coastal Bermuda: Large Rounds: Delivered: Good to Premium 130.00- 
180.00, 65.00-90.00 per bale.
   Wheat Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 130.00.
   Oat Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 80.00.
   Bluestem: Large Bales: Delivered: 95.00.
   Hay Grazer: Large Bales: Delivered: 85.00.
      
Far West Texas/Trans Pecos: 
   Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered local or FOB: Premium to Supreme
     250.00-330.00, 7.50-10.00 per bale.
 Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 190.00-240.00; 
Good to Premium 170.00-190.00.
Large Squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme 170.00-220.00; Good to 
Premium 140.00-160.00; Fair to Good 135.00-140.00.

North, Central, and East Texas:
   Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 235.00-250.00;    
Good to Premium 210.00-235.00.                           
   Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 231.00-265.00, 
7.00-8.00 per bale; Fair to Good 165.00-198.00, 5.00-6.00 
per bale.
   Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium 80.00-120.00, 40.00-60.00 
per roll.
       
South Texas:
   Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 231.00-265.00, 
7.00-8.00 per bale; Fair to Good 165.00-198.00, 5.00-6.00 per 
bale. 
 Large Rounds: FOB and delivered locally: Good to Premium 
100.00-140.00, 50.00-70.00 per roll. 
Grass Mix: Large Rounds: FOB: 80.00; 40.00 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
Good                 9-13
Fair                 5-9
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
         Lana Hutto, Market Reporter 806-356-5785 
         www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/AM_GR310.txt
         
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