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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Mar 23, 2017

Receipts:  72 loads    Last Week:  72 loads    Last Year:  74 loads

Compared to last week:   Alfalfa and grass hay sold at lower levels.  Interest and demand was light, with quality varying throughout the sale.

Alfalfa: Good:  Large Squares, 3 loads 95.00-112.50; Large Rounds, 2 loads 87.50-97.50. Fair:  Large Squares, 2 loads 75.00-80.00; Large Rounds, 15 loads 65.00-82.50.  Utility: Large Squares, 1 load 60.00; Large Rounds, 4 loads 55.00-60.00.

Grass:  Premium:  Small Squares, 1 load 140.00.  Good:  Large Squares, 2 loads 70.00-80.00; Large Rounds, 5 loads 80.00-90.00; Small Squares, 2 loads 82.50-85.00.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 14 loads 55.00-70.00.  Utility:  Large Rounds, 6 loads 45.00-50.00.

Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  Good:  Large Squares, 2 loads 75.00-82.50; Large Rounds, 1 loads 77.50. Fair:  Large Squares, 1 load 65.00.

Wheat Straw:  Large Squares, 2 loads 50.00-55.00.  Large Rounds, 2 loads 70.00-72.50.

Oat Straw:  Large Rounds, 2 load 40.00.

Cornstalks:  Large Rounds, 5 loads 30.00-35.00.

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Rock Valley Hay Auction for Monday, Mar 27, 2017

Receipts:  33 loads    Last Week:  26 loads    Year Ago:   28 Loads

Compared to last week:  Market was mostly steady.  Majority of offerings was bedding materials.

Alfalfa:  Good:  Large Squares, 3 loads 92.50-105.00.  Fair:  Large Squares, 2 loads 77.50-80.00; Large Rounds, 4 loads 65.00-80.00.

Grass:  Premium:  Large Rounds, 1 load 110.00.  Good:  Large Rounds, 5 loads 70.00-82.50. Fair:  Large Rounds, 4 loads 60.00-65.00.

Alfalfa/Grass:  Fair:  Large Squares, 1 load 65.00.

Straw:  Large Rounds, 6 loads 45.00-60.00.

Bean STraw:  Large Rounds, 1 load 40.00.

Corn Stalks:  Large Rounds, 6 load 40.00.

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Check out the great story of Fick’s Brown Swiss farm here in NW Iowa at:

https://blodgettcommunication.com/2017/03/20/over-a-century-of-tradition-with-ficks-swiss/

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Researchers at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have identified a more sensitive test for detecting the early stages of Johne’s (paratuberculosis), a fatal disease that plagues dairy herds and causes an estimated annual loss of up to $250 million to the US dairy industry.

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Rock Valley Hay Auction for Monday, Mar 20, 2017

Receipts:  26 loads    Last Week:  23 loads    Year Ago:   30 Loads

Compared to last week:  Light offerings, with mostly steady market.

Alfalfa:  Good:  Large Squares, 1 load 95.00; Large Rounds, 8 loads 80.00-92.50.

Fair:  Large Squares, 2 loads 70.00-75.00; Large Rounds, 3 loads 70.00-77.50.  Utility:

Large Rounds, 1 load 60.00.

Grass:  Fair:  Large Rounds, 6 loads 72.50-80.00.

Alfalfa/Grass:  Good:  Large Squares, 2 loads 87.50.  Utility:  Large Rounds, 1 load 60.00.

Straw:  Large Rounds, 2 loads 60.00.

Corn Stalks:  Large Rounds, 1 load 40.00.

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While milk production in the USA totaled 16.7 billion pounds or an increase of 2.3 percent above last year when adjusted for the extra day of the leap year, Iowa production stood at 399 million pounds up from 395 million pounds in February 2016.

The report showed February milk cow numbers in Iowa at 216,000, up from 211,000 one year ago. However, milk per cow was down from 1,870 pounds in February 2016 to 1,845 this year. Nationally the average was 1,782 pounds in February, down 33 pounds from the same time in 2016.

The complete report can be found at:

https://www.usda.gov/nass/PUBS/TODAYRPT/mkpr0317.pdf

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Rock Valley Hay Auction Report for Monday, Mar 13, 2017

Receipts:  23 loads    Last Week:  29 loads    Year Ago:   94 Loads

Compared to last week:  Market continues to sell at weaker prices levels, with light buyer interest.   Blizzard like conditions on Sunday brought 3-4 inches of snow with high winds to the area.

Alfalfa:  Fair:  Large Squares, 1 load 80.00; Large Rounds, 2 loads 75.00.  Utility:  Large Squares, 3 loads 37.50-55.00; Large Rounds, 7 loads 57.50-67.50.

Grass:  Good:  Small Squares, 1 load 90.00. Utility:  Large Rounds, 3 loads 40.00-60.00.

Straw:  Large Rounds, 4 loads 60.00-72.50.

Corn Stalks:  Large Rounds, 2 loads 37.50-45.00.

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