Barr-Ag Is In Its "Hay Day"
-- Customer Story
Barry Schmitt, the owner of Barr-Ag hay exporting in Olds, Alberta, puts a premium on having comfortable equipment. "During harvest, we spend long hours in the cab, and we move around a lot, going up and down the roads," says the owner of Barr-Ag, one of Canada’s largest hay exporters. "I want my guys to be safe."
They are, says Schmitt, because of good training and the use of his Massey Ferguson® and Hesston by Massey Ferguson® equipment. Barr-Ag uses Massey Ferguson 4610 tractors, runs nine Hesston by Massey Ferguson large square balers, as well as seven Hesston by Massey Ferguson 9870 and 9770 windrowers. "Like our tractors, they are reliable. We need that dependability with the hours we put on them each year. The balers give us a nice square bale, with consistent length … and on the [windrowers]," adds Schmitt, "the double conditioning rolls are second to none.
"These cutters," says Schmitt about his Hesston windrowers, "do short crops, tall crops, heavy crops, light crops. You can cut it fast; you can cut it slow. Whatever we’re cutting, it lays well, dries good."
Since Schmitt started Barr-Ag in 2004, the company has shipped to customers in the Middle East, Europe and the U.S., but it has focused mainly on an Asian customer base, the predominant clientele being horse owners, dairies and beef operations in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China. (See the whole story here: http://www.myfarmlife.com/features/exporting-forage-barr-ag-is-in-its-hay-day/.)
One of the largest hay exporters in Canada (by some measures the largest), the company shipped some 60,000 metric tons of mostly timothy grass and alfalfa in 2014. Much of that product—about 60%—the company grows itself on 25,000 to 30,000 owned and rented acres each year.