BL_GR310 Billings, MT Fri March 15, 2019 USDA Market News Weekly Montana Hay Report Compared to last week: Alfalfa hay sold steady. Demand for squares to ship out of the state is very good. Supplies of hay in squares continue to tighten. Demand for hay in rounds is moderate with sales continuing to move at steady money. Warmer weather is in the forecast and many hope the weather has turned the corner, however there is still almost 2 months of feeding before grass time. Straw continues to move at steady prices. Straw sales were light to moderate this week. Wet conditions and excessive snow melt will continue to keep ranchers using straw supplies. All prices are dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted. Alfalfa: Supreme: Small squares, 200.00-250.00 Large squares, 150.00 Large rounds, 110.00 Premium: Large squares, 150.00 Large rounds, NA Small squares, 200.00 Good: Large squares, 120.00-135.00 Large rounds, 110.00-120.00 Small squares, NA Fair/Good: Large squares, 105.00-125.00 Large rounds, 85.00-115.00 Small Squares, 125.00-140.00 Utility Large rounds, 75.00-80.00 Large squares, 80.00-120.00 Grass/ 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, 90.00-100.00 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, 110.00-120.00 Fair: Large squares, 125.00 Large rounds, 90.00-100.00 Small squares, 130.00 Utility: Large rounds, 70.00 Large squares, NA Small squares, NA Timothy 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, 40.00-45.00 straw: Large rounds, 40.00-45.00 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 406-210-4792 www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/BL_GR310.txt www.ams.usda.gov/lpsmarketnewspage 1200m jdk .