The Ontario Forage Council launched the Ontario Hay Listing Service in July 2008 and has attracted close to 470,000 hits to date from across Canada, the USA and destinations as far away as the Middle East, China, Jordan and United Kingdom.
We have responded to the needs of both hay producers and purchasers, who have both expressed a need for a hay listings service here in Ontario. Our mission is to provide an easy and effective process of bringing hay producers and buyers together. To cater to the fact that most producers and buyers are located in the rural community, the site has been designed with dial-up users in mind.
During this current growing season, producers have faced many challenges associated with the weather and drought-like conditions. There is a shortage of hay, and that shortage has a severe impact on many sectors. Most producers have reported about 50-70 per cent of normal yield on their first cut of hay, and their second cut will be almost non-existent. Many producers of cattle and other large breeds are having a difficult time trying to find the hay needed to sustain their herds.
This year in particular, we feel that there is an urgency to spread the word out about the Ontario Hay Listings Service. We see an immediate need for buyers and producers to utilize a forum by which to communicate their needs to one another. This continues to be a free, efficient and effective way of buying or selling hay and straw both locally, and on an international level.
The Ontario Forage Council would like to thank our Ontario Hay Listings sponsors Quality Seeds Ltd and Can Grow Crop Solutions Inc. Your generous contributions make it possible for us to provide this valuable service. For more information on Quality Seeds Ltd., or Cangrow Crop Solutions Inc., please click on the links provided on the hay listings website.
For further information please contact the Ontario Forage Council at 1-877-892-8663 or e-mail: email@example.com