2018 has been a rather unique year from a weather perspective. It seemed that the departure of winter was rather delayed, and then it seemed that we missed spring and jumped right into summer. With favourable seeding weather, producers were able to make good progress with getting the seed in the ground and early plantings got off to a good start. Much of our area has been short on moisture with rains being very sporadic, as streamers would only cover small areas. As a result, first cut hay was slightly below normal yield, but excellent quality hay has been harvested. Due to the hot dry weather, producers experienced some of the best harvesting conditions in many years. On the down side, the drought conditions have hampered the second growth, and pastures are now suffering from lack of moisture. Needless to say, we are getting numerous inquiries looking for hay from both domestic and international locations. Hay prices are difficult to predict at this point, but Forage publications from the US have indicated that many States are quoting a range of hay prices of up to a 71% increase over 2017 at this time.  

 

Producers are encouraged to access the Ontario Hay Listings web site to sell or buy hay or straw. This is a free service that is managed by the Ontario Forage Council. The address is www.ontariohaylistings.ca and is a self-serve site. 

 

 The Ontario Hay Marketing Forum (OHMF) is an excellent group from which to consider when buying or selling hay or straw. Their names, location and contact information is easily located on the Ontario Forage Council site under the Ontario Hay Marketing Forum tab at www.ontarioforagecouncil.com

 

If you are in the hay marketing business, or considering getting into it, the OHMF is good way to have good exposure and constantly market good quality hay, and at the same time, keep abreast of hay export market opportunities. OHMF members are also eligible to join the CFGA Export Group, to further expand your reach.

 

The OHMF will be represented at the World Dairy Expo in Madison Wisconsin in October 2018, and always attracts a lot of attention from US and overseas attendees. Some of our members will also be attending the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) Annual Meeting and Conference in Calgary, Alberta on November 13 – 16, 2018. A significant part of the conference and the tour will focus on hay quality and exporting opportunities. It has always been a real highlight of the conference. Stay tuned for complete details as the conference planning progresses. www.canadianfga.ca

 

For a membership form, or more information, please feel free to contact Ray Robertson at 1-877-892-8663 or ray@ontarioforagecouncil.com

 

Hay Marketing Forum Membership - $500 (2 year Membership)

Member benefits include, but are not limited to:

Hay Marketing Forum Brochure

Members will have their name, company name and contact information published in an annual brochure exclusive to the Hay Marketing Forum! This brochure is available at all OFC and affiliated events.

Access to the Most Recent Research Information

Hay Marketing Forum members receive final reports on OFC supported research projects as soon as they become available!

OFC Website

On the "Members" page, Hay Marketing Forum members will be listed with hot link to connect customers directly to their website!

THINK GREEN! Newsletter

Members are encouraged to submit articles for inclusion in the newsletter.

OFC Council

The Ontario Hay Marketing Forum has recently been invited to elect two representatives to sit on the Ontario Forage Council Board of Directors.  These representatives will be re-elected on an annual basis.

Smith Sales

Bruce Smith

9399 Conc. Rd. 4

RR #1

Uxbridge, ON

L9P 1R1

(905) 852-5246

smith.sales@xplornet.ca

Dekkdale Farm

Josh Dekkers

1466 Haldimand Rd. 9

Caledonia, ON

N3W 2E2

(289) 260-4346

dekkdalefarm@gmail.com

Luckholm Farms Ltd.

Sam Luckhardt

RR #6

Owen Sound, ON

N4K 5N8

(519) 376-5489

skluckhardt@gmail.com

Fielders Hay Farms

Mike Faulkner

5630 4th Line

RR #3

Rockwood, ON

N0B 2K0

(519) 856-0779

m.j.faulkner@live.ca

Daveland Farm

Larry Davis

222 Bishopsgate Rd

RR #2

Burford, ON

N0E 1A0

(519) 449-2690

larry@davelandfarm.com

www.davelandfarm.com

Marhaven Agri Inc.

Chris Martin

7715 Wellington Rd. 8

Alma, ON

N0B 1A0

(519) 638-3423

chris@marhavenagri.ca


Great Lakes Agra Corporation

Jack Smit

100-69323 Richmond St.

RR #3

Centralia, ON

N0M 1K0

(519) 228-8370

jack.smit@greatlakesagra.com

www.greatlakesagra.com

Heritage Acre Farms Limited

Ian Dann

22504 Fairview

Thorndale, ON

N0M 2P0

(519) 317-0693

iandann@hotmail.ca

Johnathon Blydorp

215350 10th Line

Amaranth, ON

L9V 1K1

(519) 216-1641

jonathonblydorp@gmail.com

Josh Mullin

RR #1

Feversham, ON

N0C 1C0

(226) 668-8953

mullinhayandfeed@gmail.com

Glen Isle Farms

Jim Glen

PO Box #190

15 McCallum Place

Keene, ON

K0L 2G0

(705)295-4487

glenisle@nexicom.net

Via Pax ET Led.

Don Rowntree

12921 5th Sideroad

RR #2

Georgetown, ON

L7G 4S5

(416) 464-2373

donrowntree@hotmail.com

Andre Larocque

3385 Larocque Rd

Glen Robertson, ON

K0B 1H0

(613) 551-2986

Larocque.andre@gmail.com

 Thring Farms Inc.

Chris Thring

012251 E/W Garafraxa Townline

Garafraxa, ON

L9W 6Y5

(519) 831-1069

thring.farms@gmail.com

 

Dunlea Farms

Fritz Trauttmansdorff

400 Field Rd.

RR #1

Jerseyville,ON

L0R 1R0

(519) 647-2311

fritz@dunleafarms.com

Flynn Farms

Stephen Flynn

40307 Conservation Rd.

RR #1

Clinton, ON

N0M 1L0

(519) 482-5365

flynnfms@tcc.on.ca

Bear Path Farms

Chris & Kayla Riach

3167 Hwy 11 South

PO Box #622

Matheson, ON

N4S 7W3

(519) 533-8947

criach@xplornet.com

 

Jim Waddell

6540 Line 26

RR #2

Staffa, ON

N0K 1Y0

(519) 348-8334

jim.twyla.waddell@gmail.com

 

Joe & Vince Gordon

RR #3

Markdale, ON

N0C 1H0

(519) 986-4826

(519) 375-5898

jgordonfarms@gmail.com

jennvincegordon@gmail.com

Davisdene Farms

Mel Davis

1375 Tara Rd.

Ennismore, ON

K0L 1T0 

(705) 292-8259

melvindavis1375@gmail.com