Hay market trade is moderate, demand was slow to moderate, and prices remain steady, according to the Kansas Department of Agriculture-USDA Market News Service, Dec. 10.

Alfalfa inquires and movement have increased, now that harvest has wrapped up. Grinding alfalfa seems to be plentiful, however higher quality hay is difficult to find. The grass hay market has slowed a bit and producers report that there is plenty of round bales to be found. Prices given on a per-ton basis unless otherwise noted.

Southwest:

Dairy alfalfa, ground/delivered, grinding alfalfa steady; movement moderate. Premium horse alfalfa, small squares, $240-$250. Supreme dairy 1-1.05/point RFV, $185-$226; premium, $170-$195; good, $160-$170. Stock or dry cow, $160-$170. Fair/good grinding alfalfa, $115-$125, Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and dairies, $150-$160. Sudan, large rounds, $55-$65. Wheat straw, large rounds, $40-$50, large squares, $65-$75 delivered. For the week ending Dec. 7, 12,664 tons of grinding alfalfa and 1,631 ton of dairy alfalfa was reported bought/sold.

South central:

Dairy/grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered, alfalfa pellets, steady; movement slow to moderate. Horse alfalfa, small squares, $250-$275 (market adjustment). Supreme dairy, 1-1.05/point RFV, $195-$225; premium, $175-$200; good, $165-$175. Stock cow, $130-$150. Fair/good grinding alfalfa, $90-$105. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots, $135-$145. Sun-cured alfalfa pellets, 15% protein, $200-$205, 17% protein, $205-$220; dehydrated 17% protein, $300-$310. Good bluestem grass hay, small squares, $7-$8/bale, large rounds, $60-$70, large squares, $75-$85. Brome, small squares, $7-$8/bale, large rounds, $100-$110, lesser quality, $70-$80. Sudan, large rounds, $65-$75. Oat hay, $80-$85. Teff, medium to large squares, $140-$160. Wheat straw, small squares, $5.50-$6.50/bale, large squares, $70-$75, large rounds, $55-$65. For the week ending Dec. 7, 8,408 tons of grinding alfalfa and 825 ton of dairy alfalfa was reported bought/sold.

Southeast:

Dairy/grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered, grass hay steady; movement slow. Horse or goat alfalfa, $230-$250. Dairy 1-1.05/point RFV. Stock cow, $160-$170. Fair/good grinding alfalfa, $115-$125. Ground and delivered, none reported. Bluestem grass hay, small squares, $130-$140, good, medium squares, $120-$140, large squares, $100-$120, large rounds, $60-$70. Good brome, small squares, $125-$150, medium to large squares, $120-$135, large rounds, $90-$100, lesser quality, $75-$85; Wheat straw, medium and large squares, $60-$80, large rounds, $55-$65. For the week ending Dec. 7, 3,377 tons of grass hay was reported bought/sold.

Northwest:

Dairy/grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered steady; movement slow. Horse or goat alfalfa, $205-$215. Premium/supreme dairy, 1-1.05/point RFV. Fair/good stock cow, $150-$160. Fair/good grinding alfalfa, $100-$110. Ground and delivered locally to feedlots and dairies, $125-$135.

North central/northeast:

Dairy alfalfa, grass hay, grinding alfalfa, ground/delivered steady; movement slow to moderate. Premium horse alfalfa, small squares, $9.50-$10.50/bale. Supreme dairy 1-1.05/point RFV, $185-$210; premium, $170-$195; good, $160-$170. Stock cow, $150-$160. Fair/good, grinding alfalfa, $110-$125. Ground and delivered, $130-$160. Bluestem grass hay, small squares, $7-$8/bale, medium to large squares, $85-$100, large rounds, $75-$85. Brome, small squares, $7.50-$8.50/bale, medium to large squares, $115-$150, large rounds, $80-$95. Sudan, large rounds, $55-$65. Wheat straw: small squares, $5-$6/bale delivered, large squares, $100-$110 delivered, large rounds, $60-$70. For the week ending Dec. 7, 299 ton of grinding alfalfa and 650 ton of dairy alfalfa was reported bought/sold.

Source: Kansas Department of Agriculture-USDA Market News Service, Manhattan, Kansas.

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