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Montana Hay Report

Billings, MT    Friday Feb. 23, 2018    USDA Market News

Weekly Montana Hay Report


Alfalfa: Supreme:        Small squares, 200.00-250.00

                      Premium:            Large squares, 150.00

Large rounds, 140.00-160.00

                                                      Small squares,  180.00             

                    Good:              Large squares, 140.00-150.00          

                                                        Large rounds,  140.00-155.00

                       Fair:                      Large squares, 125.00-150.00, 

                                                        Large rounds,  130.00-150.00


Good: Small squares, 130.00-150.00

Fair:                      Large rounds 120.00-150.00

                    Utility:                  Large rounds,  90.00   

Timothy Grass:

    Premium:            Small squares, 210.00-240.00          

Barley Straw

                  Large squares, 60.00-90.00                          

Wheat straw:

South central Montana:   Large squares, 75.00

Northern Montana: Large squares, 60.00-80.00

Large rounds,  60.00-80.00

Corn Stalk: Large rounds, 45.00-75.00


Compared to last week:  Hay prices sold mostly 10.00-15.00 higher. Demand for Alfalfa is very good on light supplies overall. Available hay supplies in Eastern Montana are near or at zero. This has pressured the hay market across the state as supplies dwindle. Additionally, ranchers across the state are feeding hay at an alarming rate as temperatures are 5-30 below zero most mornings. This has forced many ranchers to 
recalculate hay needs as they are using much more hay than they calculated they would need. This additional buying has burnt through the surplus of hay in many valleys in just a few short weeks. Straw supplies are also near nil and with many ranchers in the middle of calving straw is in very high demand. Straw prices continue to push higher on light supplies. Straw sold sharply higher in a light test. All prices are 
dollars per ton and FOB unless otherwise noted.

Wyoming, West Nebraska, and SW South Dakota Hay Report

Greeley, CO    Thu Feb. 22, 2018    USDA - CO Dept of Ag Market News

Wyoming, Western Nebraska, and Western South Dakota Hay Report

Eastern Wyoming 


Alfalfa: Supreme large square bales 200.00 

Premium large square bales 165.00. 

Good large square bales 130.00-145.00

Good large round bales 145.00

Alfalfa/grass mix: Good large squares 65.00 per bale. 

Sun-cured alfalfa pellets 15 percent protein 215.00 - 225.00 

Central and Western Wyoming

Alfalfa: Supreme large square bales 160.00. 

Premium large square bales 150.00

Good large square bales 140.00. 

Premium small square bales 180.00 - 200.00. 

Certified weed seed free alfalfa cubes 220.00-260.00. 

Western South Dakota:  

Alfalfa/Grass Mix: Premium:  Large Rounds, 200.00 Del.

Grass:  Good to Premium, Large Rounds, 165.00 Del.

Wheat Straw:  No reported sales



Compared to last week all reported forages sold fully steady. As winter has hangs on, with bitter cold temperatures and snow this week, producers are having to buy extra hay to feed livestock. A lot of reports of 20 to 30 below in western and north central areas of Wyoming the last few days along with some snow and strong winds. One plus to the snow accumulations, when melting occurs, it will fill area dams so producers should have enough water for summer irrigation. Most producers in central and western areas have small and large squares of hay for sale. Hay supplies in the Eastern areas of the state are very “tight” with many contacts reporting “sold out” in this week’s phone conversations. Valley video hay auction had a “barn burner” of a sale on Wednesday, prices can be found on the USDA Market News website at  You can also find all other USDA hay reports at  All prices are dollars per ton FOB the field or hay barn unless otherwise noted. Prices are from the most recent reported sales. 

South Dakota

Compared to last week:  All classes of hay remain steady. Light reported volume as demand only moderate this week.  More demand from West River than East River but freight costs are limiting what cattle producers can pay.  More inquiry reported from West River as hay supplies are much more limited.  Dairy operations are struggling with low milk prices and are looking for ways to reduce their feed expenses.  Snow moved into the area this week but many areas of South Dakota have had a very open winter which has allowed cattle producers to stretch their hay supplies.  All hay and straw sold by the ton FOB, unless otherwise noted.