Source: USDA AMS Market News
Compared to last report: Most hay classes traded fully steady, except for Alfalfa, which sold instances 10.00 lower. The decrease in Alfalfa prices mostly due to sellers reducing prices to move hay stored in the barns to make room for upcoming new crop.
Freight of hauling Coastal Bermuda to the Panhandle is still causing a wide spread in the prices, but is preferred to start calves in feed lots on. Coastal Producers in the East and South Texas reporting that there is little hay left that isn’t contracted or sold already as supplemental feeding is in full swing.
Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton except where noted.
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Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 275.00-290.00; Good to Premium 250.00-275.00; Fair to Good 210.00-250.00.
Small bales: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 315.00-330.00, 9.50-10.00 per bale.
Ground Alfalfa: Delivered to feedlots: Avg 225.00-235.00. Calf 235.00-245.00.
Wheat: Ground: Delivered: 175.00.
Coastal Bermuda: Large Bales: Delivered: Good to Premium 180.00-250.00. Hay Grazer: Large Bales: Delivered: 170.00-185.00.
Cotton Burrs: Delivered: 90.00-95.00.
Milo Stalks: Large Bales: Delivered: 75.00.
Millet: Large Bales: FOB: 120.00-125.00.
CRP: Large Bales: Delivered: 85.00-125.00.
Far West Texas/Trans Pecos:
Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered local or FOB: Premium to Supreme 290.00-360.00, 8.75-11.00 per bale.
Large Squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme 275.00-280.00; Fair to Good 220.00-250.00.
North, Central, and East Texas:
Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 290.00-310.00;
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 297.00-330.00, 9.00-10.00 per bale. Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium 140.00-200.00, 70.00- 100.00 per roll; Fair to Good 120.00-140.00, 60.00-70.00 per bale.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 264.00-330.00, 8.00-10.00 per bale; Fair to Good 165.00-231.00, 5.00-7.00 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB and delivered locally: Good to Premium 120.00-200.00, 60.00-100.00 per roll; Fair to Good 100.00- 120.00, 50.00-60.00 per roll.
Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect feeding value. Values based on 100 percent dry matter. End usage may influence hay price or value more than testing results.
Hay Quality Designation’s 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. Defects will be identified in market reports when using this category.