Jefferson City, MO Fri Dec 19, 2014 MO Dept of Ag-USDA Market News
Missouri Weekly Hay Summary Week ending 12/12/2014
As the year winds down cattle farmers are thankful for a mild feeding
season thus far. Although feeding season is really just starting a mild
fall and lack of bitter cold or much snow has resulted in cattle being in
as good shape as anyone can recall any year previous. Although good for
the cattleman the hay business continues to be very difficult. Many hay
producers have even stopped advertising as the cost of ad space is not
worth it with the lack of interest or inquires. Some loads to dairies or
a few small bales of horse hay in the bed of a truck is about the only
movement taking place. The supply of hay is moderate to heavy and demand
is light. Prices are mostly steady. The Missouri Department of Agriculture
has a hay directory available for both buyers and sellers. To be listed,
or for a directory visit http://mda.mo.gov/abd/haydirectory/ or for current
listings of hay http://agebb.missouri.edu/haylst/ (All prices f.o.b. and
per ton unless specified and on most recent reported sales price listed
as round bales based generally on 5x6 bales with weights of approximately
Supreme quality Alfalfa (RFV
Premium quality Alfalfa (RFV 170-180) 150.00-190.00
Good quality Alfalfa (RFV 150-170) 120.00-160.00
Fair quality Alfalfa (RFV 130-150) 100.00-120.00
Good quality Mixed Grass hay 75.00-95.00
Fair to Good quality Mixed Grass hay 40.00-65.00
Fair quality Mixed Grass hay 20.00-35.00 per large round bale
Fair to Good quality Bromegrass 50.00-70.00
Wheat straw 3.00-5.00 per small square bale
Table 1: Alfalfa guidelines (for domestic livestock use and not more
than 10% grass)
Quality ADF NDF *RFV **TDN-100% **TDN-90% CP
Supreme 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
*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
Table 2: Grass Hay guidelines
Quality Crude Protein Percent
Premium Over 13
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 damage.
Good: Early to average maturity, i.e., early to mid-bloom in legumes
and 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.
Source: MO Dept of Ag-USDA Market News Service, Jefferson City, MO
Tony Hancock, Market Reporter, 573-751-5618
24 Hour Recorded Report 1-573-522-9244