Monday, January 19, 2015

Board Elections - Larson, President; Onken, Vice President


It’s been nice to have some warmer weather.

 

Last week the Board of Directors held the first meeting of the year.  Dan Larson and Ben Onken were re-elected as President and Vice President respectively, of the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association. 

 

Next week, January 27, 28 & 29 members of the Association will be attending the Colorado Farm Show in Greeley, Colorado.  The purpose of attending this show will be to promote Nebraska Forages to those in attendance and well as to try to build membership for the Association. 

 

Interest and movement in both large rounds and large and medium square bales continues to be good.  Large rounds bales of alfalfa is moving at $85-125, grass large rounds at $80-120, and large round bales of cornstalks are at $45-65.  Large and medium squares of dairy quality alfalfa testing over 150 Relative Feed Value are selling at $180-285 and heifer quality large and medium squares testing 135 to 155 Relative Feed Value are selling at $150-215.  These prices are all priced per ton at the stack and are actual sales reported by members of the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association.

 

The Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association is a non-profit group of independent producers dedicated to the promotion, production and marketing of alfalfa and other forages.  It is the goal of the Association to not only gain access to potential customers that you might not otherwise have access to on your own, but to serve as a vehicle for education and networking on production and marketing of forages.  Membership in the Association is open to all forage producers in the State of Nebraska.  Individuals outside of Nebraska may obtain an Associate Membership.   

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hay prices and movement steady to firm.


Mother Nature has really rolled out the welcome mat for 2015.  We can only hope that she gets her extreme weather out of her system before the farming season begins.    

 

Interest and movement in both large rounds and large and medium square bales has been steady to firm.  Large rounds bales of alfalfa is moving at $85-125, grass large rounds at $80-120, and large round bales of cornstalks are at $45-65.  Large and medium squares of dairy quality alfalfa testing over 150 Relative Feed Value are selling at $180-265 and heifer quality large and medium squares testing 135 to 155 Relative Feed Value are selling at $150-205.  These prices are all priced per ton at the stack and are actual sales reported by members of the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association.

 

It is a busy time here in the N.A.M.A. Office.  We will be having our first Board Meeting of the year next Tuesday.  We will welcome our newest board members, review the 2014 Mid-America Forage Expo and begin working on business for the 2015 year.

 

January 27, 28 & 29 we will be attending the Colorado Farm Show in Greeley, Colorado.  The purpose of attending this show will be to promote Nebraska Forages to those in attendance and well as to try to build membership for the Association.  Members of the Association are encouraged to attend and spend time in the N.A.M.A. booth.

 

It is membership and renewal time and you will likely hear me discussing that for the next several weeks.  Membership in the Association is open to all forage producers in the State of Nebraska.  Individuals outside of Nebraska may obtain an Associate Membership.    It is the goal of the Association to not only gain access to potential customers that you might not otherwise have access to on your own, but to serve as a vehicle for education and networking on production and marketing of forages.