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Hay & Forage report for Dec. 21
Friday, Dec. 21
Compared to last week: Hay prices mostly steady. Trade and movement continue slow under light to moderate demand. Most regions of the state remain dry except parts of East Texas that received small amounts of rain. Supplemental feeding of livestock continues in many areas and has started up in other areas as windy, dry, winter conditions have depleted soil moisture and caused grasses to go dormant. Some hay producers are still satisfied to store hay instead of lowering price levels at present anticipating steady to higher prices later in the winter. 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, $7-$8 per bale; Few Sales $9-$10 per bale; Fair to Good $5-$7 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium $70-$90 per roll, $140-$180 per ton, Good $50-$70 per roll, $100-$140 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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