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Billings, MT      Fri November 16, 2018    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report

*** No report will be released next week.***
*** Next report will be released November 30th ***

Compared to last week: Alfalfa hay prices sold fully steady.
Demand for hay was mostly light to moderate on heavy offerings.
Demand was slightly lighter this week than last led mostly by 
local hay sales which were lighter this week. Hay continues to
move to out of state buyers, both to the southern drought areas 
and to western dairies. Warm weather continues to allow ranchers 
to graze across much of the state as the ground is open and 
grass remains available. Colder and snowy weather has moved 
in for today across much of the western and southern portions
of the state. However, warm weather returns for Thanksgiving
week. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise 

Alfalfa:   Supreme:  Small squares, 200.00-250.00
                     Large squares, 150.00 
           Premium:  Large squares, NA    
                     Large rounds,  NA
                     Small squares, 200.00
           Good:     Large squares, 120.00-140.00   
                     Large rounds,  110.00-130.00
                     Small squares, NA
         Fair/Good:  Large squares, 90.00-120.00
                     Large rounds,  85.00-105.00
                     Small Squares, 125.00
           Utility   Large rounds,  75.00-80.00
                     Large squares, 70.00-100.00

Alfalfa:   Premium:  Small squares, NA
           Good:     Large rounds,  NA   
                     Small squares, 180.00
                     Large squares, 125.00
           Fair:     Large squares, 110.00-115.00
                     Large rounds,  105.00-110.00
                     Small squares, 120.00-130.00
           Utility:  Large squares, 70.00-90.00

Grass:     Premium   Large rounds,  NA
                     Small squares, 200.00
           Good:     Small squares, 185.00
                     Large rounds,  120.00
           Fair:     Large squares, 125.00
                     Large rounds,  100.00-110.00
                     Small squares, 130.00
           Utility:  Large rounds,  80.00
                     Large squares, NA
                     Small squares, 130.00           

Grass:     Premium:  Small squares, 225.00-240.00
           Premium:  Large rounds,  NA
           Good:     Large rounds,  NA
                     Small squares, 160.00-180.00

Barley                Large squares, 40.00-50.00
straw:                Large rounds,  40.00-50.00
                      Small squares, NA

Wheat straw:

South central        Large squares, 35.00-40.00
                     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 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

1530m    jdk

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