Colorado Weekly Hay Report (Thu)
Greeley, CO    Thu Oct 12, 2017    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

   Compared to last week, prices were mostly steady.  Activity and demand 
moderate to good in all classes.  Growers are reporting that moisture has 
hindered harvest of hay and thus has decreased movement and quality throughout 
the state.  The NASS Colorado Crop Progress and Condition report for the week 
ending October 8, 2017 states that reporters in the San Luis Valley noted that a 
lot of hay is still down waiting to dry out.  Across the state, livestock are 
reportedly doing well with some leaving summer pasture and more cattle producers 
starting to wean calves.  Pasture and Range conditions were rated 2 percent very 
poor, 14 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 14 percent 
excellent.  Alfalfa crop condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 11 percent 
poor, 23 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 6 percent excellent.  Alfalfa third 
cutting is 93 percent complete and fourth cutting is 35 percent complete.  All 
prices reported are FOB at the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices 
reflect load lots of hay.  If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the 
services of the Colorado Department of Agriculture website:

Northeast Colorado Areas
   Large Squares: Supreme 170.00; Premium 160.00. 
   Small Squares: Premium 250.00 (7.75 per bale), small lot.
   Large Squares: Fair 170.00, small lot.
   Small Squares: Premium 280.00 (8.50 per bale), small lot.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
   Large Squares: Supreme 180.00; Good 130.00-140.00; Fair 115.00.
   Small Squares: Supreme 220.00 (7.00 per bale).
   Round Bales: Premium 170.00.
   Small Squares: Premium 245.00 (6.50 per bale), retail.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Area
   Large Squares: Supreme 190.00; Premium 180.00; Fair 115.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Southwest Colorado Areas
   Small Squares: Supreme 250.00 (12.00 per bale), retail.
   Small Squares: Premium 210.00 (7.00 per bale).
  Orchard Grass
   Small Squares: Premium 285.00 (13.00 per bale), retail.
   No reported quotes from all other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
   Large Squares: Good 150.00.
   Small Squares: Premium 210.00.
   No reported quotes for all other classes of hay.

Northeast: Weld, Washington, Morgan, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Lincoln, Elbert, 
Adams, Sedgwick, Yuma, Larimer, Jefferson, Douglas, Kit Carson, Phillips, 
Logan, Boulder, Arapahoe, and El Paso.
Southeast: Fremont, Custer, Huerfano, Las Animas, Bent, Otero, Prowers, 
Crowley, and Pueblo.
San Luis Valley: Saguache, Alamosa, Costilla, Conejos, Rio Grande, and 
Southwest: Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Montezuma, Dolores, 
San Juan, Hinsdale, Archuleta, and La Plata.
Mountains and Northwest: Moffat, Routt, Jackson, Rio Blanco, Garfield, 
Gunnison, Teller, Grand, Chaffee, Park, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Summit, 
Lake, and Eagle.

   Contracts are not indicative to other regions of the state and do not pertain 
to the cash market.  The term "Season" Means that as long as the hay meets the 
contract requirements the buyer takes delivery on every cutting in that 
particular year.  All contracts are marketed on a per ton basis. Prices figured 
on a per ton basis or a per point basis (.xx times the RFV).  
   * - When priced on a per point basis.
   * - NEL basis for corn silage

   Haylage is based on 88 percent dry matter.  Haylage formula most often used 
(Haylage wet ton x percent dry matter/88 percent = 12 percent baled hay).  
Haylage to be cut on an approximate 28 to 32 day cutting rotation.  
Quoted standing in the field.  

   Corn Silage 30-32 percent dry matter.  Based at .70 to .72 net energy for 
lactation (NEL).  Silage can be quoted standing in the field or delivered to the 
pit. ** All information is a basis for every contract and applies unless 
otherwise stated**

Alfalfa guidelines (domestic livestock use and not more than 10 pct grass)
Quality       ADF      NDF       RFV       TDN-100 pct   TDN-90 pct 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 WI/MN formula.  TDN calculated using the western 
formula.  Quantitative factors are approximate and many factors can affect 
feeding value.  Values based on 100 percent dry matter.  Quantitative factors 
are approximate, and many factors can affect feeding value.  Values based on 100 
percent dry matter.  End usage may influence hay price or value more than 
testing results. 

   Grass Hay guidelines
Quality       Crude Protein Percent 
Premium            Over 13
Good                  9-13
Fair                   5-9
Utility            Under 5

Source:  USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
         Lindsay Brunet, Market Reporter

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