Most of Ontario has experienced a challenging seeding and early haying season.  The many sporadic periods of rain have caused many delays in seeding, although crops that have been planted are progressing well.  From a forage perspective, excellent pastures and hay crops are being reported.  The only challenge is getting enough dry days and heat between the showers.

 

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 has now been completed, 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 Winnipeg last November. This year’s CFGA Annual Meeting and Conference will be held in Guelph on November 14-16, 2017. 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