Prices for high-quality alfalfa hay are mostly strong, but aren't changing much as high fuel prices hamper long-distance shipping.

These prices were gathered by USDA in early October. Figures followed by (D) are delivered prices. All others are at the farm. Cube and pellet prices are bulk unless otherwise indicated.

For weekly updated hay prices, go to the “Hay Price Link” section of HayandForage.com

Horse-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $120
California (central) 198 (D)
Idaho 100-110
Kansas 100-160
Nebraska (western) 100-125
New Mexico 150-165
Oregon 125-140
Utah 90-120
Washington (Columbia Basin) 130-147
Premium-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $173-190 (D)
California (central) 195-203 (D)
California (southern) 175-215 (D)
Colorado (northeastern) 155-170
Colorado (southeastern) 115-120
Idaho 117
Illinois 120-150
Iowa (Rock Valley) 95-105
Iowa (Maurice) 100-105
Kansas (southwestern) 90-105
Kansas (northwestern) 85-100
Missouri 90-125
Montana 100-120
Nebraska (northeastern) 115-125
Nebraska (western) 75-85
Nevada 140-165
New Mexico 130-135 (D)
Oklahoma 100-120
Oregon (central) 115
Oregon (Klamath Basin) 125-130
South Dakota (east river) 95-100
South Dakota (western) 75-90
Texas (panhandle) 130-175 (D)
Texas (eastern) 105-125
Utah 80-105
Washington (Columbia Basin) 115-125
Wyoming 75-95
Good-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $155-175 (D)
California (central) 185-188 (D)
California (southern) 155-165 (D)
Colorado (San Luis Valley) 75-90
Idaho 100
Illinois 100-120
Iowa (central) 100-120
Iowa (Rock Valley) 65-80
Iowa (Maurice) 63-75
Kansas (southwestern) 72-93
Kansas (northwestern) 70
Missouri 70-110
Montana 60-85
Nebraska (northeastern) 100-115
Nebraska (western) 60-70
Nevada 100-130
New Mexico 100-120 (D)
Oklahoma 90-110
South Dakota (east river) 70-85
South Dakota (western) 65-75
Texas (panhandle) 115-150 (D)
Texas (eastern) 105-125
Utah 60-75
Washington (Columbia Basin) 90-107
Wyoming 60-80
Fair-quality alfalfa hay: Price/ton
California (northern) $140-145 (D)
California (central) 145-147 (D)
California (southern) 138-143 (D)
Colorado (southeastern) 55
Colorado (southwestern) 70
Idaho 70-75
Illinois 85-110
Iowa (central) 55-60
Iowa (Rock Valley) 50
Iowa (Maurice) 55
Kansas (southwestern) 70-85
Kansas (northeastern) 65
Minnesota (southwestern) 53-58
Montana 55-60
Nebraska (northeastern) 90-98
Nebraska (western) 45-55
Nevada 80-125
New Mexico 80-90 (D)
Oklahoma 70-80
South Dakota (east river) 55-65
South Dakota (western) 45-60
Texas 90-110 (D)
Utah 45-55
Washington (Columbia Basin) 67
Wyoming 40-55
Oat hay Price/ton
Colorado $70-75
Texas (panhandle) 93 (D)
California (northern) 95-110
Oregon 80
South Dakota (western) 50-65
Straw: Price/ton
Illinois $45-90
Iowa 50-60
Washington (Columbia Basin) 50
17% Dehy alfalfa pellets: Price/ton
Kansas $128-130
Nebraska (northeastern) 126
Nebraska (Platte Valley) 118-120
Wyoming 125
Alfalfa cubes: Price/ton
California (northern) $190
Utah (export quality) 100-128
Utah (50-lb bags) 120-140