USDA Southeast Weekly Hay 09/20 09:00
Montgomery, AL Thu Sep 20, 2018 USDA - Alabama Dept of Ag Market News
Alabama Weekly Hay Report
Compared to last week: Hay prices fully steady. Trade moderate with
light supply and moderate demand. All prices are FOB unless otherwise
Tons: 279 Last Week: 396 Last Year: 310
Southeast Hay: Tons Price Range Wtd Avg
Premium 172 180.00-300.00 223.08
Premium 15 133.33-133.33 133.33
Premium 61 100.00-130.00 110.66
Premium 5 240.00-240.00 240.00
Fair 4 160.00-160.00 160.00
Premium 5 100.00-100.00 100.00
Good 9 180.00-180.00 180.00
Fair 8 180.00-180.00 180.00
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
Table 2: Grass Hay guidelines
Quality Crude Protein Percent
Premium Over 13
Low 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 Designations 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.
Source: USDA-AL Dept of Ag Market News Service, Montgomery, AL
David Garcia, OIC / Office 334-223-7488
Johnny Young, Market Reporter.
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