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USDA-RH: Virginia Hay Report

Richmond, VA - Wed Mar 07, 2018 - USDA-VA Dept of Ag Market News -

Virginia Hay Report                  
Rushville Semimonthly Hay Auction, Harrisonburg, VA on Wed Mar 07, 2018
Prices per ton FOB unless otherwise noted.              
Most loads delivered free within 10 miles of auction site.

Delivery beyond 10 miles mostly 2.50 per mile.

   Large square
      Premium                    40.00-46.00 per bale, 1st cutting
                                 97.00 per bale, 2nd cutting
   Small square
      Premiun                    5.60 per bale, 2nd cutting

Large round
   Premium                       47.00 per bale, 5th cutting, wrapped

Alfalfa/Orchardgrass mix
   Large square
      Good                       45.00 per bale, 1st cutting
Mixed Grass
   Large square
      Good                       38.00 per bale, 2nd cutting
                                 31.00 per bale, 1st cutting
   Large round
      Good                       34.00-41.00 per bale, 1st cutting

   Large square
      Premium                    141.00 2nd cutting

   Small square
      Premium                    5.00 per bale, 2nd cutting

Large round
     Premium                     130.00, 2nd cutting
                                 35.00-40.00 per bale, 1st cutting
   Large square
      Premium                    60.00 per bale, 1st cutting

The following can be used to estimate bale weights:
                Alfalfa          Other (Orchardgrass, Timothy, Mixed) 
Small Square    45-55 lbs        35-45 lbs 
Large Square    750-850 lbs      650-750 lbs 
Small Round     under 1000 lbs   under 1000 lbs 
Large Round     over 1000 lbs    over 1000 lbs
Official USDA hay standards/grades do not exist. The following hay 
quality designations and guidelines are used to describe and report 
Alfalfa Guidelines                     
For domestic livestock use and not more than 10% grass                     
Quality   ADF      NDF      RFV        TDN-100%   TDN-90%      CP                     
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 WI/MN formula. TDN calculated using the 
western formula. Quantitative factors approximate and many factors can 
affect feeding value. Values based on 100% dry matter (TDN showing 
both 100% and 90%). Guidelines used with visual appearance and intent 
of sale.                     
ADF  Acid Detergent Fiber                     
CP   Crude Protein                     
NDF  Neutral Detergent Fiber                     
RFV  Relative Feed Value                     
TDN  Total Digestible Nutrients                     
Grass Guidelines                     
Quality     Crude Protein Percent                     
Premium     >13                     
Good         9-13                     
Fair         5-9                     
Utility     <5                     
Quantitative factors approximate and many factors affect feeding                     
value. Values based on 100% dry matter. End usage may influence                     
hay price or value more than testing results.                     
Source:  Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services                     
         USDA-VA Market News, Richmond, VA   804.786.3947                                                                
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