High-quality forages can find a buyer in local, regional, or international markets. Buyers define “high-quality” differently depending on the type of animal the forage is intended for. Market research is important for sellers to understand what their buyers are looking for, and for producers to grow forage that can meet those needs. Some resources on marketing forage crops can be found here.

Hay

Forage Analysis Laboratories in Ontario

A forage analysis can help match a lot of forage to the right class of livestock. The information in an analysis is essential for balancing livestock rations, and can be useful when negotiating a price for forage.

Field Crop Budgets

OMAFRA Publication 60: Field Crop Budgets are a tool for estimating production expenses. To project your break-even price after total costs, enter your farm figures in the spaces provided. The resulting estimate will help you choose your crop mix and set target prices and marketing strategies for your farm. Includes sample budgets for Alfalfa/Timothy Hay and Silage Corn.

Alfalfa Hay Budgeting Tool

Based off of OMAFRA Publication 60: Field Crop Budgets, this worksheet is a guide to estimate your break-even price after total costs. The minimum system requirement is Microsoft Excel 2010.

Ontario Hay Marketing Forum

The Ontario Hay Marketing Forum is a group coordinated by the Ontario Forage Council. Ontario hay producers and marketers are invited to become members of the Ontario Hay Marketing Forum to keep abreast of the most up to date market information.

Ontario Hay Listings

Ontario Forage Council maintains this classified listing as a service to the agricultural industry. This is a self-service tool that enables buyers and sellers of forages to announce and search available or needed hay and more!

ONTARIO HAY AND FORAGE CO-OP

The Ontario Hay and Forage Co-operative was formed to develop and serve overseas markets with high-quality, purpose-grown, double-compacted hay.

Silage Corn

Silage Corn Budgeting Tool

Based off of OMAFRA Publication 60: Field Crop Budgets, this worksheet is a guide to estimate your break-even price after total costs. The minimum system requirement is Microsoft Excel 2010.

Corn Silage Costing Calculator

Notes:

  • Worksheet is a guide only. Use at own risk. No guarantees or accuracy implied.
  • Use worksheet as framework for setting minimum corn silage value at various production steps (standing in field, delivered to silo, ensiled) to recover value of estimated grain yield less grain harvesting and drying expenses, plus silage harvesting and storage costs.
  • Minimum corn silage value is lowest price a corn grower would theoretically accept relative to value of grain, field work and storage invested in producing silage, one method of establishing a floor for corn silage value negotiations between a buyer and seller.
  • Do not accept spreadsheet values as verbatim. Use own numbers – values are only as good as numbers used. Go through steps and ensure values reflect your situation. Adjust as necessary. Use real measures where possible.