Weekly Texas Hay Report
Compared to last report: Hay prices continue mostly steady, instances of 5.00 higher. Many areas reporting good demand for hay but supplies are limited and due to this prices are expected to move higher. Rains fell across some areas of the state this week, however Northeast Texas remains extremely dry and they are only on their second cutting.Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton except where noted.
The Texas Department of Agriculture has Hay and Grazing phone set up for Buyers and sellers looking for hay or grazing; the number is 1-512-787-9966. The website for the hotline is: http://www.texasagriculture.gov/Home/ProductionAgriculture/HayHotline.asp
Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 275.00-300.00;
Good to Premium 250.00-275.00; Fair to Good 225.00-250.00.
Small bales: FOB: 264.00, 8.00-per bale
Ground Alfalfa: Delivered to feedlots: Avg 220.00-230.00.
Wheat Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 170.00-180.00.
Small Bales: Delivered: 6.00 per bale.
Wheat Straw: Large Bales Delivered: 85.00.
Coastal Bermuda: Large Bales: Delivered: Good to Premium 200.00-230.00.
Small Bales: FOB: Good to Premium 8.00 per bale.
Hay Grazer: Large Bales: Delivered: 165.00-177.00. Older 135.00-140.00.
Prairie: Large Bales: Delivered: 220.00-225.00.
Rye: Large Bales: Delivered: 180.00.
Barley: Large Bales: Delivered: 155.00.
Bluestem: Large Bales: Delivered: 60.00 per bale.
Cotton Burrs: Ground and Delivered: 70.00-85.00.
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 250.00-275.00; Fair to
North, Central, and East Texas:
Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 290.00-310.00;
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 231.00-297.00,
7.00-9.00 per bale; Fair to Good 198.00, 6.00 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium 120.00-180.00, 60.00-90.00
per roll; Fair to Good 100.00-120.00, 50.00-60.00 per bale.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 231.00-264.00,
7.00-8.00 per bale; Fair to Good 165.00-198.00, 5.00-6.00 per
Large Rounds: FOB and delivered locally: Good to Premium
120.00-170.00, 60.00-85.00 per roll; Fair to Good 70.00-
120.00, 35.00-60.00 per roll.
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% dry 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 Utility 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 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 nd 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. Source: USDA Market News Service, Amarillo, TX `