Texas Hay Report
Amarillo, TX Fri, Feb 17, 2017 USDA Market News
Weekly Texas Hay Report
Compared to last report: Alfalfa sold 5.00 to 10.00 higher as buyers
are having to travel to find the quality. Other hay classes remained
steady. Movement was slow to moderate with not a lot of variety of hay on
the market this time of year. The Panhandle and North Texas received
some much needed moisture that benefitted pastures. Coastal Bermuda
producers in South Texas reported a different scenario as they are dry
and looking for rain. Plenty of hay still available but supplemental
feeding of livestock has increased in those areas. Prices for hay and
pellets quoted per ton except where noted.
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:
Alfalfa: Large Bales: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 155.00-190.00,
instances 225.00; Good to Premium 140.00-155.00.
Small Bales: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 297.00, 9.00 per
Chopped Alfalfa: Delivered to feedlots: 120.00-125.00. Calf 130.00.
Coastal Bermuda: Large Bales: Delivered: Good to Premium 180.00.
Wheat Hay: Large Bales: Delivered: 90.00-125.00.
Hay Grazer: Large Bales: Delivered: 75.00-80.00. Ground: 95.00.
BlueStem: Large Bales: Delivered: 70.00; 35.00 per bale.
Far West Texas/Trans Pecos:
Alfalfa: Small Squares: FOB or Delivered local: Premium to Supreme
250.00-330.00, 7.50-10.00 per bale.
Large Bales: FOB or Delivered local: Premium to Supreme
170.00-190.00; Good to Premium 130.00-145.00; Fair 100.00-
North, Central, and East Texas:
Alfalfa: Large Bales: Delivered: Premium to Supreme 180.00-200.00;
Good to Premium 150.00-160.00.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 231.00-297.00,
7.00-9.00 per bale; Fair to Good 165.00-198.00, 5.00-6.00
Large Rounds: FOB: Good to Premium 100.00-120.00, 50.00-60.00
per bale; Fair to Good 80.00-100.00, 40.00-50.00 per bale.
Coastal Bermuda: Small Squares: FOB: Good to Premium 231.00-265.00,
7.00-8.00 per bale; Fair to Good 165.00-198.00, 5.00-6.00 per
Large Rounds: FOB and delivered locally: Good to Premium
80.00-100.00; 40.00-50.00 per roll; Fair to Good 40.00-80.00,
20.00-40.00 per roll.
Coastal Bermuda Grass Mix: Large Rounds: FOB: 30.00 to 35.00 per roll.
Table 1: Alfalfa guidelines (for domestic livestock use and not more
than 10% grass)
Quality ADF NDF *RFV **TDN-100% **TDN-90% CP
Supreme <27 <34 >185 >62 >55.9 >22
Premium 27-29 34-36 170-185 60.5-62 54.5-55.9 20-22
Good 29-32 36-40 150-170 58-60 52.5-54.5 18-20
Fair 32-35 40-44 130-150 56-58 50.5-52.5 16-18
Utility >35 >44 <130 <56 <50.5 <16
*RFV calculated using the Wis/Minn formula.
**TDN calculated using the western formula. Quantitative factors are
approximate, and many factors can affect feeding value. Values based on
100% dry matter (TDN showing both 100% & 90%). Guidelines are to be used
with visual appearance and intent of sale (usage).
Table 2: Grass Hay guidelines
Quality Crude Protein Percent
Premium Over 13
Utility Under 5
Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect feeding
value. Values based on 100% dry matter. End usage may influence hay
price or value more than testing results.
Hay Quality Designation's physical descriptions:
Supreme: Very early maturity, pre bloom, soft fine stemmed, extra
leafy. Factors indicative of very high nutritive content. Hay is
excellent color and free of damage.
Premium: Early maturity, i.e., pre-bloom in legumes and pre head in
grass hays, extra leafy and fine stemmed-factors indicative of a high
nutritive content. Hay is green and free of damage.
Good: Early to average maturity, i.e., early to mid-bloom in legumes
and early head in grass hays, leafy, fine to medium stemmed, free of
damage other than slight discoloration.
Fair: Late maturity, i.e., mid to late-bloom in legumes, head-in grass
hays, moderate or below leaf content, and generally coarse stemmed. Hay
may show light damage.
Utility: Hay in very late maturity, such as mature seed pods in
legumes or mature head in grass hays, coarse stemmed. This category
could include hay discounted due to excessive damage and heavy weed
content or mold. Defects will be identified in market reports when using
Source: USDA Market News Service, Amarillo, TX
Lana Hutto, Market Reporter 806-356-5785