Hay prices continue running on the high side at the Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association weekly hay auction in Reedsville, WI, reports market manager Greg Cummings.

“Prices started out strong in December and have stayed that way since,” he says. “Prior to this winter, our record price on hay was $285/ton.”

Second- and third-crop, dairy-quality alfalfa hay, packaged in large square bales, has been bringing $300-335/ton, while high-quality first crop has been fetching $250-300/ton. Marsh grass bales have been selling for $195-200/ton. Across the board, Cummings says, auction prices are running $50-75/ton higher than they were a year ago.

He looks for prices to remain at current levels for at least the next several months. “Supplies are tight all over the country and will stay that way until we start getting into new crop. In our area, there’s also some concern about some ice sheeting and winterkill for alfalfa. We’ll be into May before we know how that might affect production and prices.”

The Equity hay auction in Reedsville, the largest regularly scheduled hay sale in the state, takes place on Thursdays year-round with a noon start time. For more on the auction, contact Cummings at 920-754-4361 or gcummings@equitycoop.com.