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Rock Valley Hay Auction for Monday, Feb 20, 2017

Receipts:  31 loads    Last Week:  43 loads    Year Ago:   30 Loads

Compared to last week:  Market was sharply lower with quality average to poor.

Prices dollars per ton, except where noted.  All sales FOB Rock Valley, Iowa, vicinity.

One load Small Squares equals approximately 5 tons; Large Squares and Large Rounds range from 10-25 tons per load.

Alfalfa:  Fair:  Large Squares, 4 loads 77.50; Large Rounds, 4 loads 80.00-82.50.

Utility:  Large Rounds, 1 load 45.00.

Alfalfa/Grass Mixed:  Good:  Large Rounds, 1 load 90.00.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 1 load 72.50.

Grass:  Good:  Large Rounds, 1 load 85.00.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 7 loads 55.00-70.00; Small Squares, 1 load 72.50.  Utility:  Large Squares, 1 load 40.00; Large Rounds, 2 loads 45.00-50.00.

Straw:  Large Squares, 1 load 55.00.  Large Rounds, 3 loads 47.50-57.50.

Corn Stalks:  Large Rounds, 4 loads 40.00-42.50.

Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Feb 16, 2017

Receipts:  97 loads    Last Week:  98 loads    Last Year:  100 loads

Compared to last week:   Market was 5.00 to 10.00 lower for all types of hay

and qualities.  All sales FOB Rock Valley, Iowa, vicinity.

One load Small Squares equals approximately 5 tons; Large Squares and Large Rounds range from 10-25 tons per load.

Alfalfa:  Premium:  Small Squares, 1 load 150.00.  Good:  Large Squares, 4 loads 90.00-95.00; Large Rounds, 7 loads 85.00-87.50.  Fair:  Large Squares, 8 loads 65.00-82.50; Large Rounds, 23 loads 60.00-80.00.  Utility:  Large Squares, 1 load 50.00; Large Rounds, 1 load 55.00.

Grass:  Premium:  Large Squares, 2 loads 80.00-87.50; Large Rounds, 10 loads 80.00-90.00.  Good:  Large Squares, 2 loads 65.00-70.00; Large Rounds, 17 loads 57.50-77.50.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 1 load 47.50.

Alfalfa/Grass Mix:  Good:  Large Squares, 1 load 80.00; Large Rounds, 3 loads 82.50-97.50.  Fair:  Large Rounds, 2 loads 60.00-67.50.  Utility:  Large Rounds 1 load 35.00.

Oat Hay:  Large Rounds, 1 load 72.50.

Straw:  Large Squares, 1 load 65.00.  Large Rounds, 6 loads 40.00-70.00, mostly 65.00-70.00.

Cornstalks:  Large Rounds, 5 loads 35.00-42.50.

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Producers in this area have rolled up some fantastic wheat and grass hay this year; however, many bales are left sitting out in the fields. One field I drive by everyday had several days to pick up the bales before Mother Nature dropped five plus inches of rain on them. While hay bales may make the countryside more scenic, producers may not realize the cost of leaving the hay on the field longer than necessary.

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Whether you own horses, goats, llamas or cattle, you need to plan on attending the North Texas Grazing and Pasture Conference. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 19 and will be held at the Magnolia Room of the Tarrant County Resource Connection Conference Center located at 2300 Circle Dr. in Fort Worth. According to the new Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture Agent Fred M. Hall, “This is a unique program that will address the economics of pastures, alternative forages and have a special focus on developing healthy soils that can maintain high productivity year after year. Whether you are a part-time producer with ten acres and pastured poultry or a commercial grower with 2,000 acres and 100 momma cows, this program will cover information that you need”. The program will began at 8:15 a.m with sign-in and the presentations will start at 8:45 a.m. There will be three continuing education units offered for pesticide applicator license holders including one IPM and two general CEUs. The registration fee is $25.

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Among organic and sustainable farmers, there is a belief that healthy ecosystems with minimally disturbed soils, adequate access to diverse, high quality forages, and clean water have a robust correlation with cows’ well-being and milk quality.  However, there has been limited research on the relationships between changes in biodiversity, livestock health, and farm management and productivity.

Therefore, in 2012, a University of Vermont research team began a multidisciplinary, long-term study to learn if managing farms for increased diversity at different “community” levels (from rumen microbes to forage composition) in Northeast pasture-based dairy production systems positively contributes to improved livestock well-being, health and productivity, and creates an ecological service feedback loop that benefits soil and natural resource diversity.

“While this research is being done in the northeast, it’s application has amazing potential for the nations largest livestock state” says the new Tarrant County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent Fred. M. Hall. The 60-minute webinar program is set for 1 p.m. on Monday, January 4 and will be held in the Fort Worth Room at the Tarrant County Extension office located at 200 Taylor St. in Fort Worth.

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Among organic and sustainable farmers, there is a belief that healthy ecosystems with minimally disturbed soils, adequate access to diverse, high quality forages, and clean water have a robust correlation with cows’ well-being and milk quality.  However, there has been limited research on the relationships between changes in biodiversity, livestock health, and farm management and productivity.

Therefore, in 2012, a University of Vermont research team began a multidisciplinary, long-term study to learn if managing farms for increased diversity at different “community” levels (from rumen microbes to forage composition) in Northeast pasture-based dairy production systems positively contributes to improved livestock well-being, health and productivity, and creates an ecological service feedback loop that benefits soil and natural resource diversity.

“While this research is being done in the northeast, it’s application has amazing potential for the nations largest livestock state” says the new Tarrant County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent Fred. M. Hall. The 60-minute webinar program is set for 1 p.m. on Monday, January 4 and will be held in the Fort Worth Room at the Tarrant County Extension office located at 200 Taylor St. in Fort Worth.

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