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Hay & Forage Report
Friday, July 11
Compared to last week: Alfalfa prices were $5-$15 lower as many dairies have backed off the market and changing their feed rations. Other classes of hay were steady to weak. Trade activity was light to moderate on moderate demand. Rain damaged hay now entering the market at obviously lower prices but the rain was much needed for future hay crops. Freight continues to keep spreads wide and prices from coming down much further. East and South Texas have a good crop of coastal bermuda coming along on good demand despite rains delaying producers being able to get into their fields. Prices for new crop seems mostly steady. Prices for hay and pellets quoted per ton except where noted.
North, Central, & East Texas
Alfalfa: Small Squares: FOB: Premium to Supreme $230, $7 per bale; Grass/Alfalfa $5 per bale.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium $230-$265, $7-$8 per bale.
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium $60-$75 per roll, $120-$150 per ton, Good $45-$50 per roll, $90-$100 per ton.
Rye Hay: Large Rounds: FOB: $40 per bale.
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 $120-$170; $60-$85 per roll; Fair to Good $100; $50 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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