By Dan Martens, Extension Educator,
Here's my summary of the Sauk Centre Hay Auction on Nov. 7, 2013.
Lots sold are grouped here by bale type, kind of hay, alfalfa sorted in 25 RFV point groups, grass sorted based on protein. Straw and bedding materials are also listed.
Averages are calculated where it seems appropriated. Look at averages carefully where there are a few loads in a group; and where there is a wide range in price.
History of Selected Lots 2013-2014.pdf Average and range of RFV values and prices for Medium Square Alfalfa in 25 RFV groups from 101 to 200 RFV.
The Sauk Centre Hay Auction is held
on the first and third Thursday of each month through May. The Steffes Hay
Auction is held in Litchfield with fall dates on Nov. 26, Dec. 11.
READ MORE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT-Other sources of Hay Market Information
USDA MARKET REPORTS
Click on "Livestock, Poultry, and Grain Market News"
Click on "Hay" in the middle of the page...and then select market sites that look useful to you. Most of these are not quality tested on-site. Sellers might bring a test or sales staff estimate quality.
The East River
South Dakota market is survey conducted by the Ag Statistics Service of buyers
and sellers in Eastern South Dakota.
UPPER MIDWEST HAY MARKET REPORT by Ken
http://www.haylist.umn.edu can be used to post "hay for sale" or "wanted to buy" and to find links to other similar sites.
Follow common sense precautions in making on-line contacts and transactions. People also use Craig's list and similar website market tools to buy and sell hay.
Agricultural newpapers and local community newspapers and shoppers continue to be good tools for advertising "hay for sale" or "hay wanted"; and again for bedding materials.
People who need to purchase hay and other livestock feeds should be shopping early and working closely with nutrition advisors to make the best of resources with different groups of livestock.
-Midwest Dairy Expo - December 3-4, St. Cloud, Rivers Edge Center
-Land Rent Workshops - Many sites across Central and Southern Minnesota including in Central MN Litchfield, Buffalo, Gaylord, Hutchinson, Alexandria, Willmar, Cold Spring, Foley, Long Prairie, Little Falls.
-Midwest Forage Association Symposium - January 21-22, Wisconsin Dells
-Local Forage Meetings with MFA
NE MN Feb. 4, 2014; Central MN Feb. 5; SE MN Feb 6.
-MN Conservation Tillage Conference, Feb 18-19, St. Cloud Holiday Inn