This morning, the temperature is minus 11OF and the high is expected to be 8OF with winds at 15 miles per hour. Last week, temperatures were bumping 50OF and now we aren’t predicted to hit 25OF this week. In the milk barn, one of the biggest challenges during extreme cold weather is teat health. The teat has naturally occurring oils that help to prevent skin chapping, cracking and damage in cold weather, but washing plus pre and post dips can remove those oils and expose wet teat tissue to frigid temperatures.
Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Dec 28, 2017
Receipts: 48 loads Last Week: 68 loads Last Year: 109 loads
Compared to last week: Alfalfa and grass sold steady.
Alfalfa: Good: Large Rounds, 6 loads 130.00-150.00. Fair: Large Rounds, 7 loads 117.50-127.50. Utility: Large Squares, 2 loads 80.00-82.50; Large Rounds,3 loads 87.50-105.00.
Grass: Good: Large Rounds, 9 loads 125.00-137.50. Fair: Large Squares, 1 load 115.00; Large Rounds, 3 loads 120.00. Utility: Large Rounds, 2 loads 97.50-100.00.
Alfalfa/Grass Mix: Good: Large Squares, 1 load 135.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 125.00. Utility: Large Squares, 1 load 85.00; Large Rounds 1 load 92.50.
Oat Hay: None.
Rye Hay: None.
Millet Hay: None.
Straw: Large Squares, 1 load 110.00; Large Rounds, 2 loads 95.00-100.00.
Cornstalks: Large Squares, 2 loads 42.50-45.00; Large Rounds, 6 loads 37.50- 47.50.