Wyoming, West Nebraska, and SW South Dakota Hay Report
Torrington, WY    Thu Jul 11, 2019   USDA-WY Dept of Ag Market News

Wyoming Hay Summary - Week ending July 12, 2019

   Compared to last reported market baled hay sold steady. Buyer inquiry 
was moderate. Several reports of rained on hay or fields that have been 
damaged by hail especially in the Torrington area. Powell has been wet 
this week with rain accumulations from .75 to 1.20 inches. Reports from 
the Riverton area it�s dry and could use some moisture. Most all 
contacts ask what is rained on alfalfa hay worth? Appears there are 
several tons of rained on hay across the state. But, not severally 
damaged and will make good cow hay and grinding hay for feedlots. Some 
areas still have first cutting of hay to bale. Some areas in the east 
have started on second cutting. Note: �All prices are dollars per 
ton FOB the field or hay barn unless otherwise noted.� 

Eastern Wyoming 
Alfalfa: Good to Premium large squares 160.00. Alfalfa/grass: Premium 
large squares 200.00; Good large squares 180.00. Straw: Large squares 
60.00. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 255.00. 
Central and Western Wyoming
Alfalfa: Good large squares 160.00. Grass mix: Small squares 220.00. 
Certified weed seed free alfalfa cubes bulk 230.00-240.00, 50 lbs bags 

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
          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   

Good:    Early to average maturity, i.e., early to mid-bloom in 
         Legumes and early head in grass hays, leafy, fine to medium  
         stems and 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 WY Dept of Ag Market News Service, Torrington, WY
         Thomas Walthers, OIC (308) 390-5399
         Website: www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/TO_GR310.txt
         Email: Thomas.walthers@ams.usda.gov 

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