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USDA Montana Hay                                   05/18 09:15
Billings, MT      Fri May 18, 2018    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report

Compared to last week:  Hay prices sold generally steady to 10.00
lower. Producers looking to sell excess loads were willing to take 
lower money in order to finish selling last years crop if they wished 
to do so. Demand was light to moderate and hay is selling on slow
to moderate market activity. Many producers are looking to next 
years harvest as dry land fields look mostly good. Warm weather
and scattered rain showers have help spur alfalfa growth, and 
fields look good across much of the state. No new crop contract
prices have been seen, however discussions about prices are starting
to be made. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise 

  Alfalfa:    Supreme:  Small squares, 200.00-250.00
                        Large squares, NA
              Premium:  Large squares, 150.00-175.00
                        Large rounds,  150.00-170.00 
                        Small squares, 180.00
              Good:     Large squares, 150.00     
                        Large rounds,  150.00-165.00
                        Small squares, NA
              Fair:     Large squares, 120.00-150.00
                        Large rounds,  120.00-150.00 
                        Small Squares, NA
              Utility   Large rounds,  NA
                        Large squares, 115.00   

Grass/Alfalfa:Premium:  Small squares, NA
              Good:     Large rounds,  150.00-160.00    
                        Small squares, NA
              Fair:     Large squares, NA
                        Large rounds,  150.00-160.00
              Utility:  Large rounds,  NA

   Grass:     Premium   Large rounds,  NA
              Good:     Large squares, NA
                        Large rounds,  145.00-150.00
              Fair:     Large squares, 110.00
                        Large rounds,  NA
              Utility:  Large rounds,  100.00   

Grass:        Premium:  Small squares, 210.00-240.00
              Premium:  Large rounds,  NA
              Good:     Large rounds,  NA

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

Wheat straw:

South central Montana   Large squares, NA
                        Large rounds,  NA
Northern Montana        Large squares, NA
                        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

0800m    jdk

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