Hay for sale

Commercial Hay

The lack of consistency in the quantity and quality of the commercial hay limits the development of this production. This irregularity is manifested by the abundance of hay for sale and the rareness of the commercial hay. Hay for sale is often an unanticipated surplus that is not used to feed livestock on the farm that produces it. In this case, the producer brings to market lower quality hay, which would otherwise be lost. Commercial hay is a planned production in order to make the trade. The producer will plan in advance its production, quality and quantity desired. It is therefore easy to understand that serious buyers prefer to deal with producer of commercial hay, whose supply and quality are stable rather than a producer who sells is surplus that are different from one year to another.

Drying hay

Another important factor that limits the development of commercial hay is, for our region, the difficulty of drying hay in a field. Excellent quality hay requires a percentage of about 12% wen stored. Fresh grass has a water content of between 20 and 80% when cut. After 3-4 days of drying in the field accompanied by wilking and racking, the water content can be lowered to around 15-20% and that is if it doesn’t rain. However, it is very difficult to dry in the field at a level of 12%. Therefore a certain amount of hay is wrapped with a plastic film to preserve and maintain its quality. This technique is relatively expensive with the constant cost of plastic and poses an environmental problem related to the disposal of the plastic after use.

All these reasons has pushed Norfoin Inc. to develop and to design hay dryer to complete the drying of the hay artificially when it is baled. The principle is such easy, we just have to push warm air trough the bale to make moisture coming out of the bales. 

General Information

In Quebec, forages are grown on about 750,000 hectares and represent a production of about four million tons (dry basis) per year. Only 2% of this production (about 75,000 tons/year) is produced for trade while the rest is for self-consumption on the farm for the breeding of dairy cattle, beef cattle and sheep.

Diversification of land for the production of fodder

The company Norfoin Inc. continues to expand and possesses 185 acres of land for hay production in Saint-Césaire. This area of land is not sufficient to produce all the hay that we are selling. Norfoin Inc. has producers, all around Québec and Ontario, that produce hay to complete the Norfoin's inventory. Some producers are making hay for Norfoin Inc. since many years and other are new provider every year. 

The diversification of our locations for hay production allows us to provide qualitative crops, regardless of the weather. If grasslands of Saint-Césaire are damaged by winter too tough, it is not necessarily the case for the other land in hay in another area. Also, during the summer, one of the regions may receive less rainfall than the other, causing a reduction in the growth of hay, therefore a less efficient level of production for this region. However, the other region may receive a larger amount of rainfall ensuring  a better growth and obtaining a good harvest. Diversifying locations of the land in different regions allows us to produce large quantities of quality forage for animal feed.