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Hay & Forage report for Feb. 22
Friday, Feb. 22
Compared to last week: Hay prices mostly steady. Trade and demand light to moderate. Buyers and sellers continue to have a difficult time matching prices. High priced feed ration costs, lower trending cattle markets and dairies continuing to be cautious has buyers bidding lower while high production costs have hay producers reluctant to lower price levels. Many potential buyers have reduced their cattle herds and do not need as much hay this year. Numerous areas of the state continue to receive moisture in the form of rain or snow this week which will be beneficial to winter grasses, wheat and other forages. 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-$330; 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 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium $60-$80, instances $90-$100 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-$80, 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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