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Hay & Forage report for Dec. 14
Friday, Dec. 14
Compared to last week: Hay prices mostly steady. Trade slow and demand light to moderate. Warmer than normal temperatures continue around the state with little or no moisture and most regions remain in some degree of drought. Livestock producers are trying to get as much grazing as possible where grass is still available before severe freezes. Some hay producers are satisfied to store hay instead of lowering price levels at present anticipating steady to higher price levels when severe freezes cause grasses to go dormant. Others with ample supplies are thinking about lowering prices in hopes of cleaning out barns. Only irrigated fields around the state are not showing signs of stress. Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton except where noted.
North, Central, & East Texas
Alfalfa: Small Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme limited test $8-$12 per bale.
Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme $300-$325; instances $150 per large bale. Good to Premium $275-$300.
Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium $230-$265, Good $7-$8 per bale, Few sales $9-$10 per bale; Fair to Good $5-$7 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium $60-$90 per roll, $120-$180 per ton, Good $50-$60 per roll, $100-$120 per ton.
South Texas Hay Report
Coastal Bermuda: Small squares: FOB: Good to Premium $230-$265, $7-$8 per bale; Fair to Good $165-$230, $5-$7 per bale.
Large rounds: FOB and delivered locally: Good to Premium $120-$160; $60-$80 per roll, Good $50-$60 per roll, $100-$120 per ton.
The Texas Department of Agriculture has Hay and Grazing Hot Line set up for buyers and sellers looking for hay or grazing; the number is 1-877-429-1998. The website for the hotline is: www.TexasAgriculture.gov/hayhotline.
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