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USDA-TO: WY Weekly Hay Summary

Torrington, WY - Thu Mar 08, 2018 - USDA-WY Dept of Ag Market News

Wyoming Hay Summary – Week ending March 09, 2018

  Compared to last week alfalfa and grass hay sold steady. Demand was 
good with all reporting contacts stating they have had a lot of calls 
this week from customers looking for hay to procure. Some hay from the 
northern area of the state is going to Montana where there has been a lot 
of snow and various types of livestock are needing extra feed. Several 
reporting contacts are sold out of hay. Some cattlemen are calving with 
other just getting ready to start.  All prices are dollars per ton FOB 
the field or hay barn unless otherwise noted. Prices are from the most 
recent reported sales. 

Eastern Wyoming 
Alfalfa: Good to Premium large square bales 160.00. Alfalfa/grass mix: 
Good large squares 65.00 per bale. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent 
protein 215.00-225.00. 
Central and Western Wyoming
Alfalfa: Supreme large square bales 160.00; Good large square bales 
140.00; Fair large square bales 100.00. Premium small square bales 
180.00-200.00. Certified weed seed free alfalfa cubes 220.00-260.00. 
Grass hay: Premium small square bales 200.00. Good large square bales 
75.00 from high-elevation. 

Table 1: 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 Wis/Minn formula.
**TDN calculated using the western formula.
   Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect 
feeding value. Values based on 100 % dy matter (TDN showing both 100% & 
90%).  Guidelines are to be used with visual appearance and intent of 
Sale (usage).
Table 2: Grass Hay guidelines

         Quality            Crude Protein Percent
          Premium             Over 13
          Good                   9-13
          Fair                   5-9
          Low                Under 5
  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.
Hay Quality Designations 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   

Good:    Early to average maturity, i.e., early to mid-bloom in 
         Legumes and early head in grass hays, leafy, fine to medium  
         stems and 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.

Source:  USDA WY Dept of Ag Market News Service, Torrington, WY
         Tom Walthers, OIC Market Reporter (308) 390-5399

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