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Hay & Forage report, Dec. 6
Friday, Dec. 6
Compared to last week: Hay prices are mostly steady with instances firm on high quality alfalfa. Trade activity was slow to moderate on moderate demand. Another round of freezing temperatures in the panhandle late in the week with chances of moisture which is desperately needed. However, most of the state has received significant rainfall over the past couple months which has benefited winter wheat pastures. Producers in the areas that have been fortunate enough to receive enough rain this year report that hay production looked better than it has in several years. Supplemental feeding to livestock continues as winter has settled in across the state. Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton except where noted.
North, Central, & East Texas
Alfalfa: Small Squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme $7, $230 per ton; Good to Premium $5-$7, $165-$230 per ton.
Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme $280-$315; Good to Premium $250-$275.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium $200-$265, $6-$8 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium $60-$80 per roll, $120-$160 per ton, Good $40-$50 per roll, $80-$100 per ton.
South Texas Hay Report
Coastal Bermuda: Small squares: FOB: Good to Premium $215-$265, $6.50-$8 per bale.
Large rounds: FOB and delivered locally: Good to Premium $120-$160; $60-$80, instances $90 per roll.
Gordo Bluestem: Large Rounds: FOB: $35-$40 per roll.
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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