• 14 Apr 2016 11:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Blackburn News on the Ontario Hay and Forage Co-operative!

  • 08 Apr 2016 1:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                  April 8, 2016

    The Ontario Hay and Forage Co-operative, working in collaboration with the Ontario Forage Council, announced today that it has received Growing Forward 2 funding approval from the Agricultural Adaptation Council for a comprehensive Feasibility Study and Business Plan for its double-compaction hay processing facility. The Growing Forward 2 funding of $81,116 will enable the Co-operative to build a strong business case for its plan to build a facility capable of processing up to 100,000 tonnes of premium quality Ontario hay annually. 

    Fritz Trauttmansdorff, the Co-operative’s Chair, thanked the AAC for their significant commitment to the Co-operative’s project. “By leveraging members’ investment, the Agricultural Adaptation Council’s grant enables us to prepare the thorough Feasibility Study and comprehensive Business Plan essential to launch a project of this magnitude,” said Trauttmansdorff.  Ontario Forage Council Manager Ray Robertson congratulated the start-up Co-operative, adding that “this once again demonstrates the critical role that Growing Forward 2 can play in supporting new ventures aiming to build new markets for Ontario agricultural products.”

    The recently formed Co-operative is aiming to tap into export markets for superior forages to support growing dairy, equine, and livestock markets, particularly in Asia and the Middle East. The Co-operative’s goal is to increase returns for producers by enabling them to obtain higher prices for their hay.  By working with producers to establish on-farm hay-drying facilities, and building a facility to compact their hay into compressed square bales for overseas shipment, the Co-operative intends to offer a premium product to buyers in the livestock and equine sectors.

    The Ontario Hay and Forage Co-operative has been structured as a “new generation co-operative” which means that producers will be both entitled and obligated to deliver hay to the Co-operative.  Members will invest in the Co-operative in proportion to the volume of hay they commit to deliver to the Co-operative.  Profits from the venture will be shared among members based on the volume of hay they ship to the Co-operative.  An incentive structure will be developed to reward member producers for premium quality hay.  Producers interested in joining the Co-operative can get more information on the Co-operative’s website (


    This project was funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of GF2 in Ontario.

    Media Contact: Fritz Trauttmansdorff, Chair: (519) 647-2311,

  • 02 Dec 2015 3:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release                                                                            December 2, 2015



    The founding Board of Directors of the Ontario Hay and Forage Co-operative Inc. today announced the incorporation of Ontario’s newest producer co-operative. The Co-operative’s goal is to increase the value of producers’ hay and forages by on-farm drying of hay which will then be compacted by the Co-operative for sale to export markets.  More than 50 hay producers turned out to the first public meeting of the Co-operative held on December 1st in Mount Forest.

    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.

    The Co-operative will be speaking about its plans at the Ontario Forage Council’s Forage Focus conference in Shakespeare on December 15th and in Winchester on December 16th.  Details can be found on the OFC’s website at

    Founding Directors of the Ontario Hay and Forage Co-operative are  Fritz Trauttmansdorff (Chair), Don Rowntree (Vice Chair), Jonathon Blydorp (Secretary-Treasurer), André Larocque, Chris Martin, Chris Riach, and Larry Davis.  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. 

    For more information, please contact:

    Fritz Trauttmansdorf, Chair

    (519) 647-2311

Address: 206 Toronto St S

Markdale, ON N0C 1H0

Phone: 1 877-892-8663

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