The World Wants Our Hay
Wed Feb 25, 2015 03:34 PM CST

Once considered a mostly local commodity because of bulky physical characteristics that make handling and transportation difficult, an increasing amount of U.S. hay has been moving to overseas markets during the past five years. High demand worldwide for quality forages, cheap ocean-shipping rates and innovations in hay-compression technology are pushing the increased exports.

Numbers from a University of California (UC) report released last year tell the growth story in a nutshell: From 2004 to 2008, the U.S. shipped an average of 2.8 million tons of hay overseas annually. Between 2008 and 2013, the ...

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