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Hay & Forage report for March 1


Hay & Forage report for March 1


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Friday, March 1

Compared to last week: Hay prices mostly steady. Trade activity was slow on light to moderate demand. The blizzard that blew across the Panhandle curbed hay movement but brought in much needed moisture as the 12-19 inches of snow begins to melt. North Central and East Texas continued to receive spots of rain showers. West Texas producers reported that they will start cutting new crop hay in about two weeks; however, this area and south Texas remain very dry. Buyers and sellers continue to have a difficult time matching prices leaving many producers holding on to what hay they have left in the barns. High priced feed ration costs, lower trending cattle markets, and dairies continuing to be cautious have buyers bidding lower while high production costs have hay producers reluctant to lower price levels. 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: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium $230-$265, $7-$8 per bale; Fair to Good $5-$7.

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-$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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