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Montana Hay Report

Billings, MT    Friday Nov. 16, 2018    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report


Alfalfa: Supreme: Small squares, 200.00-250.00

Large squares, 150.00

Premium: Small squares, 200.00

Good: Large squares, 120.00-140.00

Large rounds, 110.00-130.00

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



Good:         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: Small squares, 200.00

Good: Small squares, 185.00

Large rounds, 120.00

Fair: Large squares, 125.00

Large rounds, 100.00-110.00

Utility: Large rounds, 80.00

Small squares, 130.00

Timothy Grass:

    Premium:            Small squares, 225.00-240.00

Good: Small squares, 160.00-180.00

Barley Straw:

Large squares, 40.00-50.00

Large rounds, 40.00-50.00

Wheat Straw:

South central: Large squares, 35.00-40.00          

Northern: Large squares, 35.00-40.00                 



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 noted.

Wyoming, West Nebraska, and SW South Dakota Hay Report

Torrington, WY    Thur Nov. 15, 2018    USDA - WY Dept of Ag Market News

Wyoming and South Dakota Hay Report

Eastern Wyoming 

Alfalfa: Supreme large squares 200.00; 
     Good large squares 140.00-150.00; 
     Fair larges 125.00-130.00.  
Alfalfa/Grass: Premium large squares 210.00, 85.00 per bale.  
Oat hay in large squares 125.00.  
Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 240.00. 

Central and Western Wyoming

Alfalfa: Good large squares 150.00-170.00; 
      Fair large squares 130.00-140.00. 
      Premium small squares 200.00-225.00. 
Alfalfa/Orchard Grass: Premium large squares 150.00-190.00; 
      Premium small squares 220.00. 
Orchard grass mix: Good large squares 140.00; 
Premium small squares 200.00-225.00. 
Certified weed seed free alfalfa cubes bulk 230.00-240.00, bagged 280.00.

Western South Dakota:  

Alfalfa:  No Reported Sales.

   Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  No Reported Sales.

   Grass:  No Reported Sales.
   Straw:  No Reported Sales.



Compared to last week baled hay sold steady with sun-cured pellets trading 15.00 higher than last reported price. Quite a lot of hay going to 
out of state buyers with some hay going to local producers. Sun-cured pellets going to cattlemen, sheep producers and some horse owners. With calves selling lower than expected many cattlemen are holding off on buying hay hoping the winter will be open and they can graze cattle out on winter pastures before having to supplement them. Warmer temperatures across most of the state this week. With colder weather in the forecast for the weekend and a nice warm up before Thanksgiving will help slow the feeding needs for livestock.  Farmers are starting to seek the light at the end of the tunnel with fall harvest coming to a close in some areas of the state.  All prices are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn unless otherwise noted. 

South Dakota

Compared to last week:  Supreme quality alfalfa steady, Grass hay fully steady.  There is good demand for all qualities of alfalfa, high quality grass hay, as well as all forms of bedding.  Dairymen continue to have poor margins which makes paying more for high quality hay difficult.
Bawling calves continue to move into feedyards their need for high quality grass hay is high. The South Dakota crop harvest is nearing completion, with 71% of corn and 96% of soybeans harvested the USDA reported on Tuesday. A continued stretch of dry weather allowed for more hay to be moved in the country side.  This favorable weather also allowed for more corn stalks to be baled as demand for stalks still holds strong. All hay and straw sold by the ton FOB, unless otherwise noted.