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Hay produced from cultivated crops is called "tame hay." In the first decade of the 21st century, Canada produced about 25 million tonnes of tame hay annually, from about 8 million ha of land. Alberta is the largest producer, but there is substantial production in all provinces except for the Maritimes. Source - the Canadian Encyclopedia.

By contrast, wheat - the largest crop planted in Canada comprises 9.5 million ha of land per year. Source - Yield Gap. Available at

Canadian hay refers to hay produced in Canada, which is known for its vast agricultural landscapes and favorable climate for hay production. Here are some interesting facts about Canadian hay:

Quality and Quantity: Canada is one of the largest producers of hay in the world. Its vast agricultural land, favorable climate, and advanced farming techniques contribute to high-quality hay production. Canadian hay is known for its excellent nutritional value and palatability.

Varieties: Canadian hay is primarily composed of different grasses and legumes. Common grasses used for hay production in Canada include timothy, brome grass, orchard grass, and fescue. Legumes such as alfalfa and clover are also frequently included in hay blends.

Export: Canada is a significant exporter of hay, with a substantial portion of its production being shipped to other countries. The United States is one of the primary destinations for Canadian hay, particularly for regions with a high demand for forage, such as racehorse training facilities.

Horse Industry: Canadian hay is highly regarded in the horse industry due to its quality and nutritional content. Many horse owners and trainers prefer Canadian hay for feeding their horses because of its consistent quality and lower risk of contaminants.

Dairy Industry: Canadian hay plays a crucial role in the dairy industry. Dairy farmers rely on high-quality hay to feed their cows, ensuring they receive proper nutrition for milk production. Haylage, a form of fermented hay, is also popular among dairy farmers as it provides a nutrient-rich feed option.

Climate Impact: The long, cold winters in Canada can pose challenges for hay production. However, the relatively short growing season and cooler temperatures can contribute to hay with higher nutritional value compared to hay produced in warmer climates.

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