Western hay markets

Prices were generally steady with the previous week’s offerings for the same quality.

Hay prices are dollars per ton or dollars per bale when sold to retail outlets. Basis is current delivery FOB barn or stack, or delivered customer as indicated.

Grade guidelines used in this report have the following relationship to Relative Feed Value (RFV), Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF), TDN (Total Digestible Nutrients), or Crude Protein (CP) test numbers:

Grade RFV ADF TDN CP

Supreme 185+ <27 55.9+ 22+

Premium 170-185 27-29 54.5-55.9 20-22

Good 150-170 29-32 52.5-54.5 18-20

Fair 130-150 32-35 50.5-52.5 16-18

Utility <130 36+ <50.5 <16

WASHINGTON-OREGON HAY

(Columbia Basin)

(USDA Market News)

Moses Lake, Wash.

March 28

This week FOB Last week Last year

6,370 10,925 1,770

Compared to March 21: Fair/Good Alfalfa steady. Supreme Alfalfa steady. Demand remains good for higher testing supplies. Demand moderate for feeder dry cow hay. Due to higher milk and cull cow prices dairies are again looking for supplies. Exporters remain quiet. Trade remains slow to moderate. Retail/Feedstore Alfalfa and Orchard grass steady. Buyer demand good with light to moderate supplies.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Large Square Supreme 150 $235

Prem./Sup. 1500 $185

Good/Prem. 1500 $185

Good 1000 $190

Fair/Good 500 $170

1500 $185

Fair 60 $165

Alfalfa Small Square Premium 75 $220-250

Orchard Grass Small Square Premium 85 $250-275

OREGON AREA HAY

(USDA Market News)

Portland, Ore.

March 28

This week FOB Last week Last year

481 681 796

Compared to March 21: Prices were generally steady with the previous week’s offerings for the same quality. Trading was light during the week. Volume of trading smaller than last week. More producers have sold all that they plan to sell for this season.

Tons Price

KLAMATH BASIN

Alfalfa Small Square Good/Prem. 14 $200

27 $200

Alfalfa/Orchard/Rye Mix Small Square Premium 15 $230

LAKE COUNTY

Alfalfa Large Square Supreme 34 $250

Premium 27 $230

Good 32 $190

33 180 $180

Small Square Premium 30 $250

Good/Prem. 25 $200

Oat Large Square Fair/Good 71 $160

Triticale Large Square Good 27 $170

Fair/Good 62 $150

Oat Straw Large Square Utility 84 $48-55

CROOK, DESCHUTES, JEFFERSON, WASCO COUNTIES: No new sales confirmed.

HARNEY COUNTY: No new sales confirmed.

EASTERN OREGON: No new sales confirmed.

IDAHO HAY

(USDA Market News)

Moses Lake, Wash.

March 28

This week FOB Last week Last year

6,000 6,560 7,350

Compared to March 21: Premium/Supreme Alfalfa $5-10 higher in a light test. Fair and Good Alfalfa $10-20 higher. Higher milk prices are the main reason for the increase in the market. Trade slow to moderate this week. Demand remains good for all classes. Retail/feed store/horse not tested this week. Buyer demand good with light to moderate supplies.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Large Square Prem./Sup. 500 $230

Good/Prem. 500 $230

Good 4000 $190

Fair/Good 1000 $190

CALIFORNIA HAY

(USDA Market News)

Moses Lake, Wash.

March 28

This week FOB Last week Last year

11,925 19,652 11,410

Compared to March 21: Prices traded mostly steady to firm in most areas. Demand remained very good in all regions on moderate to active trading activity. The supply of hay in northern and central valleys of California is very tight. Production in Region 6 is in full swing and Region 5 is reporting production started last week and will be in full swing by next week. Due to some early rains some light early production is happening in region 4. Trade activity was active on very good buyer demand.

REGION 1: North Inter-Mountain

Includes the counties of Siskiyou, Modoc, Shasta, Lassen and Plumas.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Good 50 $250

Wheat Hay Good 50 $220

REGION 2: Sacramento Valley

Includes the counties of Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Solano, Sacramento, Amador and Alpine.

No new sales confirmed.

REGION 3: Northern San Joaquin Valley

Includes the counties of San Joaquin, Calaveras, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Mono, Merced and Mariposa.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Supreme 75 $320

500 $330

Premium 500 $325

Good 50 $305

Fair 200 $265-275

REGION 4: Central San Joaquin Valley

Includes the counties of Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Inyo.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Supreme 450 $290-300

Premium 50 $310

Wheat Straw Good 100 $145

REGION 5: Southern California

Includes the counties of Kern, Northeast Los Angeles, and Western San Bernardino.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Supreme 800 $312

Premium 400 $260-280

Forage Mix-Three Way Premium 150 $240-260

REGION 6: Southeast California

Includes the counties of Eastern San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Supreme 4625 $265-270

275 $260-263

200 $275

Premium 2425 $255-260

Good 250 $255

300 $250

Utility 125 $190-200

Alfalfa/Rye Mix Good 150 $240

Bermuda Grass Premium 50 $160

Bermuda Straw Good 50 $95

Wheat Straw Good 100 $75



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