Most of Ontario is experiencing a challenging summer, with the sporadic weather patterns this year. From a forage perspective, things got off to reasonable start in the spring, but May, June, July and early August suffered from the lack of much needed rainfall. Most areas had a reasonable first cut of hay, but second cut in many regions was reported as extremely poor, with many cutting just to prepare for a third cut, if we did get some rain. Many producers have report excellent quality hay during the first cut, with no problems harvesting during the hot dry weather. In recent weeks, the hay shortage has become most evident, and prices have started to rise.

 

There continues to be many inquiries from both domestic and overseas hay buyers, and there is a keen demand for good quality hay. Prices for good quality hay will continue to be strong, and very competitive with cereal crops.  The Ontario Hay & Forage Co-operative Inc. is now registered and garnering keen interest.

Their feasibility study is nearing the final stages, and they anticipate the beginning of a complete business plan, as they move forward.

 

The OHMF will be represented at the World Dairy Expo in Madison Wisconsin in October and always attracts a lot of attention from US and overseas attendees. A couple of our members also attended the CFGA Annual Meeting and Conference in Saskatoon last November. This year’s CFGA Annual Meeting and Conference will be held in Winnipeg on November 15th - 17th, 2016. 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

 

The Ontario Hay Marketing Forum is an excellent way to constantly market good quality hay and keep abreast of hay export market opportunities. OHMF members are also eligible to join the CFGA Export Group, to further expand your reach.

 

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