Canadian federal inspector using a drill to inspect a hay sample for export

The Ontario Hay and Forage Co-operative was formed to develop and serve overseas markets with high-quality, purpose-grown, double-compacted hay.  The cooperative’s aim is to increase returns for producers who are currently producing high-quality hay or want to add it to their crop rotations.  Increasing forage acres in Ontario is equally important to the co-op members.  Additional forage acreage results in increased carbon sequestration and overall improved soil health. 

The existence and expansion of the Ontario Hay and Forage Co-operative is important for all hay producers in Ontario.  By producing a more consistently superior product, Ontario hay producers will gain more reliable access to higher-value export markets.  The Co-operative is the outcome of efforts by the Hay Marketing Forum of the Ontario Forage Council to tap into new markets for Ontario hay. 

Operations address: 7715 Wellington Rd. 8, Alma, ON N0B 1A0

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    The co-op is working with the Hay Press Corporation (HPC) who have purchased a conversion press to serve a variety of markets.  The press is instslled at Marhaven Agri who manages the onsite pressing on a contract basis.  OHFC has priority access to the press. 

    The next step is increasing the supply, as a strong supply chain will be necessary going forward to create a marketable inventory of exportable hay. 

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    Fritz Trauttmansdorff (President)

    Chris Martin (Vice President)

    Larry Davis

    DJ Wassenaar

    Steve McKague

    James Fisher

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