The BC Forage Council initiated a project to examine the forage production and export potential in BC’s Central Interior. The work was prompted in part by the hay surplus in the area following a decade-long downturn in the beef industry. Also, the recent construction of two hay compression plants near Vanderhoof has created an opportunity for increased export of hay to China, Japan and other countries.
The project objectives were:
1). to identify production potential, opportunities, and challenges related to hay production for the domestic and export markets in the BC's Central Interior; 2). to provide information to help support producer decision-making around hay production for the domestic and export markets; and 3). to assess the potential impacts of a Central Interior export hay industry on other agriculture sectors.