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Hay & Forage report for May 17
Friday, May 17
Compared to last week: Alfalfa hay prices mostly firm to $5 higher as it becomes scarce and more attention is turned to wheat hay. Wheat hay prices have a wide price spread mainly due to amount of protein and freight. Trade activity was light to moderate on moderate demand. The normal warm May temperatures have resumed this week with no freezes in sight however most of the damage has already been done to wheat crops. Most areas remain dry and supplemental feeding of livestock continues. Many livestock producers are reducing herds as grazing conditions deteriorate. 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 $270-$300, New Crop $255; Good to Premium $260-$270.
Wheat Hay: Large Bales: $130-$150.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium $230-$265, $6-$8 per bale; Fair to Good $5-$6.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium $50-$90 per roll; $100-$180 per ton, Good $40-$50 per roll, $100-$120 per ton; Fair: $40 per roll.
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-$180; $60-$90 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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