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USDA Montana Hay                                   11/17 15:04
Billings, MT    Fri November 17, 2017    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report

Compared to last week:  Hay prices sold fully steady. 
Hay market activity this week continues to be slow with
light sales volume seen this week. Demand for Alfalfa 
was light to moderate this week. Warmer conditions
were seen this week which has helped with snow melt and
has re-exposed the ground across the eastern portions 
of the state. Demand for grass and alfalfa/grass mixed
hay was moderate to good as ranchers search for high
quality hay to wean calves with. Grass prices remain 
steady. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless 
otherwise noted. ***This report will not be released next
week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, next report will be
Friday Dec. 1st 2017***

  Alfalfa:    Supreme:  Small squares, 200.00-250.00
                        Large squares, 150.00-155.00
              Premium:  Large squares, 140.00-155.00  
                        Large rounds,  150.00              
              Good:     Large squares, 140.00-155.00       
                        Large rounds,  140.00-175.00
                        Small squares, 140.00-150.00
              Fair:     Large squares, 120.00-150.00
                        Large rounds,  120.00-150.00 
                        Small Squares, 130.00
              Utility   Large rounds,  NA
                        Large squares, 110.00-120.00   

Grass/Alfalfa:Premium:  Small squares, NA
              Good:     Large rounds,  150.00     
                        Small squares, NA
              Fair:     Large squares, 125.00-130.00
                        Large rounds,  125.00
              Utility:  Large rounds,  90.00

   Grass:     Premium   Large rounds,  NA
              Good:     Large squares, 140.00
                        Large rounds,  130.00
              Fair:     Large squares, NA
                        Large rounds,  115.00; long haul 100.00
              Utility:  Large rounds,  105.00   

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

Barley                  Large squares, 43.00-50.00;  long haul 40.00
straw:                  Large rounds,  NA
                        Small squares, NA

Wheat straw:

South central Montana   Large squares, 38.00-40.00; long haul 35.00
Northern Montana        Large squares, NA
                        Large rounds,  NA

Wheat hay:              Large rounds, 120.00
   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 
value.  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

1330m    jdk

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