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The Ontario Hay and Forage Co-operative is undertaking a comprehensive feasibility study to determine the economic viability of a major double-compacting hay facility in Southern Ontario.  A positive feasibility study would also determine the size, location, and type of facility to be built.  The proposed hay compacting facility, currently planned to handle up to 100,000 tonnes annually and estimated to cost between $10 and $15 million, would target growing export markets for high quality hay, including markets in Asia, the Middle East and the European Union.


The launch of the Ontario Hay and Forage Co-operative is important for all hay producers in this Province, By producing a more consistently superior product, Ontario hay producers will be able to get 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.


Founding Directors of the Ontario Hay and Forage Co-operative are  Fritz Trauttmansdorff (Chair), Don Rowntree (Vice Chair), Jonathon Blydorp (Secretary-Treasurer), AndrĂ© Larocque, Chris Martin, Chris Riach, and Larry Davis.  Since the founding Board of Directors was formed, the group has welcomed Meaghan Richardson as the new Secretary-Treasurer.  The Board thanks Jonathon for his service, and welcomes Meaghan to the group.  The Co-operative has retained the services of co-op business consultant George Alkalay of Northfield Ventures Ltd. to prepare the feasibility study and provide support with overall project development.

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