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Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary Nov. 7, 2013

By Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties

Here's my summary of the Sauk Centre Hay Auction on Nov. 7, 2013.

Lots sold are grouped here by bale type, kind of hay, alfalfa sorted in 25 RFV point groups, grass sorted based on protein. Straw and bedding materials are also listed.

Averages are calculated where it seems appropriate. Look at averages carefully where there are a few loads in a group; and where there is a wide range in price.

Nov 7 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf

History of Selected Lots 2013-2014.pdf Average and range of RFV values and prices for Medium Square Alfalfa in 25 RFV groups from 101 to 200 RFV.

Graph 2001 to 2014 SC Hay Auction.pdf

The Sauk Centre Hay Auction is held on the first and third Thursday of each month through May. The Steffes Hay Auction is held in Litchfield with fall dates on Nov. 26, Dec. 11.


Click on "Livestock, Poultry, and Grain Market News"
Click on "Hay" in the middle of the page...and then select market sites that look useful to you. Most of these are not quality tested on-site. Sellers might bring a test or sales staff estimate quality.

The East River South Dakota market is survey conducted by the Ag Statistics Service of buyers and sellers in Eastern South Dakota.



Follow common sense precautions in making on-line contacts and transactions. People also use Craig's list and similar website market tools to buy and sell hay.


Agricultural newspapers and local community newspapers and shoppers continue to be good tools for advertising "hay for sale" or "hay wanted"; and again for bedding materials.

People who need to purchase hay and other livestock feeds should be shopping early and working closely with nutrition advisors to make the best of resources with different groups of livestock.

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