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Hay & Forage report for April 20
Friday, April 20
Compared to last week: Hay prices lower and movement limited. Recent rains and storms over Texas in the last several weeks have benefited grasslands as grasses have flourished. Supplemental feeding of livestock on pastures is minimal in most areas of the state and hay needs are limited. Hay buyers and sellers are concerned at present with pricing new-crop hay supplies and negotiations are on-going. Many buyers are purchasing limited spot loads and waiting for new-crop prices to become established before building inventories.
Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton except where noted.
North, Central, & East Texas
Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme $400-$495, $12-$15 per bale.
Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme $290-$325; Good to Premium $250-$290.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium $295-$330, $9-$10 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: New-Crop $80-$85; $160-$200.
Wheat Hay: Large Rounds: Delivered: $160.
Rye Grass: Large Rounds: FOB and delivered locally: $60 per roll.
South Texas Hay Report
Coastal Bermuda: Small squares: FOB: Good to Premium $200-$300, $6-$9 per bale.
Large rounds: FOB: Good to Premium $130-$180; $65-$75 per roll.
The Texas Department of Agriculture has a Hay & Grazing Hot Line set up for buyers and sellers. To contact, call 1-877-429-1998 or visit http://www.agr.state.tx.us.
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