2016-2017 Oregon Hay Directory
The 2016-2017 Oregon Hay Directories have arrived. The hay directory is published by the Oregon Hay and Forage Association (Ph: 541-447-6228). The hay directories are sent out to most all of the dairies and some feed stores in Oregon, and northern California, as well as to OHFA producer and industry members. This year OHFA purchased a mailing list of 900 Oregon haygrowers from a data service and mailed to all of them, too. If you have not received a copy or want extras, call. If you would be interested in advertising in the next directory, please contact directory designer, Mary Hyde, 541 883-7456 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cereal Hay Testing!
There seems to be a fair amount of cereal hay around this cropping season, Producers selling, and purchasers buying, cereal hay, should be testing that hay for nitrates. Elevated nitrate levels in forage, is more of an issue for ruminant animals, while horses are much more tolerant of higher Nitrate levels in forage. Of course any grass, grass/alfalfa, and even alfalfa forage that was stressed for one reason or another, should also be tested.
What is Hay Worth?
Wondering what the price of hay is whether you are buying or selling? Especially if you are raising and selling hay, you may want to get in on the weekly call from USDA Market News Service, Moses Lake, WA. The C.O. hay market report can be freely accessed at the home page: http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/ml_gr313.txt
or if you want to go directly to the page to check on all of the different state markets, go to this web site: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/ams.fetchTemplateData.do?template=TemplateN&navID=MarketNewsAndTransportationData&leftNav=MarketNewsAndTransportationData&page=LSMarketNewsPageHay
Once you are signed up to participate in the hay market report if you would like to contribute to the report, someone from the office will call (or you can call) and inquire if you have sold hay, number of tons, for what price, what the quality is, etc. This information is then compiled weekly and put up on the Internet or is published in the Capital Press. The idea is if both seller and buyer know the market, then a true, free and fair market exists for all concerned. It also works if you want to buy hay and you are wondering where the market is at, when looking for hay to purchase. Contact phone number is (970) 353-9750.