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Hay & Forage report for Feb. 1
Friday, Feb. 1
Compared to last week: Hay prices mostly steady, except some dairy quality alfalfa traded weak to $25 per ton lower on a delivered basis in the Panhandle. Trade light to moderate with movement continuing to be slow. Buyers continue to be selective and cautious trying to formulate high cost rations. Some hay producers are reluctant to trade at any lower levels and keeping hay stored. Warmer than normal temperatures over the state has continued to benefit winter forages and grasses in areas that have received recent rains, especially areas east, central, and south. 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: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium $230-$265, $7-$8 per bale; Fair to Good $5-$7 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium $60-$90 per roll, $140-$160 per ton, Good $50-$60 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-$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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