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Hay & Forage report for Jan. 18
Friday, Jan. 18
Compared to last week: Hay prices mostly steady to weak. Trade and demand light to moderate on hay over the state. Rain, snow, sleet and colder temperatures have been noted over the state. Last week some areas received fairly large amounts of rain that filled stock tanks and ponds especially in East Texas. Movement of hay still remains slow with some producers in areas that baled ample amounts holding supplies until demand and price levels pick-up. Buyers and sellers are having hard times coming together on price levels at present with both sides not wanting to give. Feedlots and dairies are very cautious and selective when purchasing hay trying to formulate rations as feed costs rise. 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.
Coastal Bermuda: FOB: Good to Premium $230-$265, $7-$8 per bale, Fair to Good $5-$7.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium $70-$80 per roll, $140-$160 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, instances $100 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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