Weekly Hay Auction Reports

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Apr 19, 2018

Receipts:  46 loads    Last Week:  93 loads    Last Year:  71 loads

Alfalfa:  Premium:  Small Squares, 1 load 220.00.  Good: Large Squares, 4 loads 162.50-175.00; Large Rounds, 3 loads 162.50-170.00.  Fair: Large Squares, 4 loads 145.00-155.00; Large Rounds, 11 loads 140.00-157.50.  Utility: Small Squares, 1 load 105.00; Large Rounds, 2 loads 117.50-122.50.

Grass:  Good: Large Rounds, 5 loads 160.00-170.00.  Fair: Large Squares, 4 loads 135.00-150.00; Large Rounds, 3 loads 140.00-150.00.  Utility: Large Rounds, 2 loads 117.50-130.00.

Alfalfa/Grass Mixed:  Good: Large rounds, 1 load 160.00.

Millet Hay: Large Rounds, 2 loads 115.00-117.50.

Straw: Large Squares, 2 loads at 100.00-112.50; Small Squares, 1 load 5.00 per bale.

March Production Budgets Show Feed Cost Edging Up

The March 2018 milk production budgets for Iowa and Nebraska compiled by UNL Extension Educator Robert Tigner shows the 20,000 pound March 2018 budget has a negative $1.70 per cwt, 8 cents per cwt worse than February. When calculating net revenue after all variable costs are paid, there is only $0.595 per cwt to pay fixed costs and management. Unfortunately the fixed costs are $1.55 per cwt in the 20,000 pound budget. Feed costs rose by $0.415 per cwt but income was higher by only $0.105 per hundredweight. Corn was 10 cents per bushel higher, soybean meal $24 per ton higher and cottonseed $6.25 per ton higher. On the income side, total income rose due to increased protein and butterfat prices as well as a rise in pounds of butterfat. A slight decline in protein pounds and a big move to a negative PPD, -$0.30, softened the improved component prices effects.

One more comment on this dairy budget series. It is intended to be a sort of index of returns for milk production for the I-29 corridor and much of Iowa. Fixed costs have not been updated since August 2009.

The free stall budget is available Copy of March-dairy budget 2018

The tie stall budget is available Copy of March-dairy budget tie stalls 2018.

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Monday, Apr 09, 2018

Receipts:  21 loads    Last Week:  20 loads    Year Ago:  44 loads

Alfalfa: Good: Large Rounds, 2 loads 167.50-175.00.  Fair: Large Rounds, 1 load 140.00.

Grass:  Good: Large Rounds, 4 loads 145.00-160.00.

Alfalfa/Grass Mix: Fair: Large Rounds, 1 load 147.50.  Utility: Large Rounds, 1 load 122.50.

Rye Grass: Utility: Large Rounds, 1 load 102.00.

Straw: Large Squares, 3 loads 92.50-105.00.

Corn Stalks: Large Rounds, 8 loads 45.00-52.50.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WASDE Report Gloomy For Dairy

The April 10 World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates showed the milk production forecast for 2018 is unchanged from last month. The 2018 import forecast is reduced slightly on a fat basis, but is unchanged on a skim-solids basis.
Exports on fat basis are unchanged from last month, but skim-solids-basis exports are raised on stronger sales of nonfat dry milk and skim milk powder, and lactose.
The annual product price forecast for cheese is unchanged at the midpoint although the range is narrowed. Butter prices are expected to increase more slowly in the second half of the year and the price forecast is reduced. The nonfat dry milk (NDM) price is reduced slightly on current prices. The annual whey price forecast is lowered on larger supplies and weaker demand.
The Class III price is lowered on the lower whey price while the Class IV price is down on lower NDM and butter price forecasts. The all milk price forecast is lowered to $15.60 to $16.10 per cwt.
The full WASDE report can be found at REPORT

Weekly Hay Auction Report

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Apr 05, 2018

Receipts:  72 loads    Last Week:  64 loads    Last Year:  98 loads

Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Squares, 2 loads 180.00-190.00; Small Squares, 1 load 190.00.  Good: Large Squares, 5 loads 165.00-177.50; Large Rounds, 14 loads 150.00-170.00.  Fair: Large Rounds, 4 loads 120.00-145.00.

Grass:  Premium:  Large Squares, 3 loads 185.00-187.50.  Good: Large Rounds, 7 loads 140.00-165.00; Large Rounds, 20 loads 145.00-165.00; Small Squares, 2 loads 160.00-162.50.  Fair: Large Squares, 1 load 120.00; Large Rounds, 2 loads 130.00-137.50.

Alfalfa/Grass Mixed:  Good Large Squares, 1 load 170.00.  Fair: Large Rounds, 1 load 140.00.

Straw: Small Squares, 72 bales at 4.25 per bale.

Cornstalks:  Large Squares, 1 load 135.00.  Large Rounds, 7 loads 45.00-107.50, mostly 45.00-52.50.

 

Weekly Hay Auction Report

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Mar 29, 2018

Receipts:  64 loads    Last Week:  63 loads    Last Year:  72 loads

Alfalfa:  Good: Large Squares, 4 loads 152.50-167.50; Large Rounds, 8 loads 152.50-167.50.  Fair: Large Rounds, 2 loads 130.00-142.50.  Baleage: 1 load 70.00.

Grass:  Good: Large Rounds, 2 loads 165.00-175.00.  Fair: Large Rounds, 6 loads 150.00-160.00.  Utility: Large Squares 2 loads, 142.50-147.50; Small Squares, 1 load 150.50; Large Rounds, 4 loads 132.50-145.00.

Alfalfa/Grass Mixed:  Good Large Rounds, 1 load 177.50; Fair: Large Rounds, 2 loads 150.00-155.00.  Utility: Large Squares, 1 load 142.50.

Oat Hay: Large Rounds, 1 load 82.50.

Straw: Large Squares, 6 loads 77.50-117.50, mostly 90.00-105.00; Large Rounds, 3 loads 82.50-112.50.

Bean Straw: Large Squares, 1 load 42.50.

Cornstalks:  Large Rounds, 19 loads 37.50-50.00.

 

 

 

Weekly Hay Auction Report

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Monday, Mar 26, 2018

Receipts:  16 loads    Last Week:  33 loads    Year Ago:  33 loads

Alfalfa: Good: Large Squares, 1 load 140.00; Large Rounds, 4 loads 137.50- 145.00.  Fair: Large Rounds, 1 load 130.00.

Grass:  Good: Large Rounds, 1 load 132.50.  Utility: Large Squares, 1 load 107.50.

Rye Grass: Utility: Large Rounds, 1 load 92.50.

Straw: Large Squares, 1 load 102.50.

Bean Straw: Large Squares, 2 loads 40.00-45.00.

Corn Stalks: Large Rounds, 4 loads 50.00-57.50.

Iowa Milk Production Continues Trend Over 2017 Production

Milk production in Iowa during February 2018 totaled 402 million pounds, up two percent from the previous February according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report.

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