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Hay & Forage Report
Friday, May 23
Compared to last week: Hay prices were steady to firm on all classes of hay as new crop prices are still being established. Trade activity was moderate to good and demand was very good. New crop is in tight supply due to the ongoing drought keeping asking prices much higher than what most dairies and feedyards are willing to pay. Most producers are asking a price in the field (FOB) that customers were paying delivered for the new crop. Supplemental feeding continues across the state as most regions are in desperate need of moisture and hay resources are continuing to get very limited, even with new hay available. South Texas and areas that have received enough rain are busy baling coastal Bermuda hay. Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton except where noted.
North, Central, & East Texas
Alfalfa: Large Squares: Delivered: Premium to Supreme $285.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium $200-$230, $6-$7 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium $60-$80 per roll, $120-$160 per ton; Good $50 per roll, $100 per ton.
South Texas Hay Report
Coastal Bermuda: Small squares: FOB: Good to Premium $230-$265, $7-$8 per bale; Fair to Good $165-$200, $5-$6 per bale.
Large rounds: FOB and delivered locally: Good to Premium $100-$130; $50-$65 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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