Western hay markets

Some dairies and exporters have decided to contract new crop alfalfa straight through rain or shine.

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.

May 2

This week FOB Last week Last year

5,910 1,330 1,245

Compared to April 25: Fair/Good and export Alfalfa steady. Demand remains good. Trade turned moderate this week as some dairies and exporters decided to contract new crop Alfalfa straight through rain or shine all cuttings. Retail/Feedstore Alfalfa and Orchard grass steady. Buyer demand good with light to moderate supplies.

Tons Price

Alfalfa Large Square Good/Premium 1000 $225

1500 $185

Fair/Good 400 185

1000 225

1500 $185

Alfalfa Small Square Premium 90 $220-250

Orchard Grass Small Square Premium 110 $250-275

Timothy Grass Small Square Premium 60 $220-250

Wheat Straw Large Square Good 250 $55

OREGON AREA HAY

(USDA Market News)

Portland, Ore.

May 2

This week FOB Last week Last year

664 1,989 407

Compared to April 25: Prices were generally steady with the previous week’s offerings for the same quality. Trading was light to moderate during the week. Volume of trading smaller than last week. Most producers have sold all that they plan to sell for this season.

Tons Price

EASTERN OREGON

Orchard Grass Small Square Premium 155 $245

5 Way Grass Small Square Premium 5 $275

Grass Large Square Good 30 $170

KLAMATH BASIN

Alfalfa/Orchard Mix Small Square Supreme 24 $250

LAKE COUNTY

Alfalfa Large Square Supreme 107 $250

Premium 37 $200

Good/Premium 71 $190

Small Square Supreme 120 $250 Export

Prem./Sup. 25 $210

Oat Large Square Fair 31 $180

Triticale Large Square Good 59 $150

IDAHO HAY

(USDA Market News)

Moses Lake, Wash.

May 2

This week FOB Last week Last year

5,600 2,200 400

Compared to April 25: New crop Alfalfa contracts steady. New crop contract hay is selling straight through rain or shine with no test. Premium/Supreme and Fair/Good Alfalfa steady. Trade turned moderate this week as more interests are starting to contract new crop Alfalfa. 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 Supreme 100 $220

Premium 1000 $200

Good 2000 $195-200

Fair/Good 1000 $170

500 $180 Tarped

Fair 1000 $190

CALIFORNIA HAY

(USDA Market News)

Moses Lake, Wash.

May 2

This week FOB Last week Last year

29,595 19,022 22,725

Compared to April 25: Prices traded mostly steady to firm in most areas. Demand remained very good in all regions on active trading activity. The supply of hay in northern and central valleys of California is very tight. Production in Region 2 is underway and Region 1 is still a month away from starting production.

REGION 1: North Inter-Mountain

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Good 250 $200

REGION 2: Sacramento Valley

Includes the counties of Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Solano, Sacramento, Alfalfa Supreme 450 $275-320

Premium 200 $260

100 $290

Good 200 $240

75 $310

Orchard Grass Premium 100 $300

Oat Good 25 $200

REGION 3: Northern San Joaquin Valley

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

Alfalfa Supreme 925 $300-320

460 $335-345

400 $330

Prem./Sup. 200 $318

Premium 1200 $290-300

3385 $310-350

Good 400 $280

400 $295

Wheat Straw Good 25 $220

REGION 4: Central San Joaquin Valley

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

Alfalfa Supreme 100 $325

800 $365

Premium 200 $316

150 $345

Good 100 $250

Oat Good 500 $260

Wheat Straw Good 300 $155

REGION 5: Southern California

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

Alfalfa Premium 1000 $290

REGION 6: Southeast California

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

Tons Price

Alfalfa Supreme 210 $265

2600 $275-280

200 $263

200 $265-270

1200 $300

1250 $330

Premium 6625 $260-270

50 $265

Good/Premium 3640 $240

1150 $325

Good 350 $240-255

Bermuda Grass Premium 175 $225



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