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USDA Montana Hay                                   08/10 10:45
Billings, MT      Fri August 10, 2018    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report

Compared to last week:  Hay prices sold fully steady. Hay sales are 
light to moderate this week. Producers are starting to wrap up 2nd cutting 
in western Montana, while eastern Montana is working on 3rd cutting. Demand
for hay is mostly light as supplies are heavy across the state. With cattle
out on grass ranchers have yet to step up and buy hay for winter, and with
heavy supplies ranchers havent seen a need to either. Export demand for
hay is light to moderate and offers have been passed by most producers. 
Straw sales are slow but have started to show up as harvest is getting
underway. Colorado and Texas buyers continue to pick up Montana hay in 
extreme south central Montana. Sales have started to slow though. All 
prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.

Alfalfa:   Supreme:  Small squares, 200.00 old crop
                     Large squares, 180.00 old crop
           Premium:  Large squares, NA    
                     Large rounds,  NA
                     Small squares, NA
           Good:     Large squares, NA    
                     Large rounds,  140.00
                     Small squares, NA
         Fair/Good:  Large squares, 120.00-130.00
                     Large rounds,  120.00-130.00
                     Small Squares, NA
           Utility   Large rounds,  120.00
                     Large squares, 100.00-120.00

Alfalfa:   Premium:  Small squares, NA
           Good:     Large rounds,  NA   
                     Small squares, NA
                     Large squares, 135.00
           Fair:     Large squares, 115.00
                     Large rounds,  NA
           Utility:  Large squares, 100.00-115.00

Grass:     Premium   Large rounds,  NA
           Good:     Small squares, 185.00
                     Large rounds,  NA
           Fair:     Large squares, 125.00
                     Large rounds,  115.00-125.00
           Utility:  Large rounds,  100.00
                     Large squares, NA
                     Small squares, 130.00

Grass:     Premium:  Small squares, 240.00, old crop; 210.00, new crop
           Premium:  Large rounds,  NA
           Good:     Large rounds,  NA

Barley                Large squares, NA
straw:                Large rounds,  NA
                      Small squares, NA

Wheat straw:

South central        Large squares, NA
                     Large rounds,  NA
Northern             Large squares, 35.00-40.00
                     Large rounds,  NA

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 
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, Billings, MT
         John Kimbrell, Officer in Charge

0940m    jdk

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