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    Hay Compression Export Business - Vanderhoof, BC

    Bulkley Nechako Listing No. 19284

    Hay compression facility processing hay for export to countries in Asia & Middle East. Located on the main transportation corridor to the Port of Prince Rupert. 74 acres with 100 x 200 ft main building with four large 75 x 150 ft hay sheds.


    74.56 acres

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    Markets in Asia and the Far East are offering Nechako farmers high prices for hay. This property and business offers a savvy buyer the opportunity to purchase a hay compression facility which processes hay for export to countries in Asia and the Middle East. Vanderhoof is situated in the perfect geographical location on the CN Rail line 71/2 hours from Prince Rupert. The hay is compressed loaded into containers and sent on CN Rail to the container terminal in Prince Rupert for shipment overseas.

    The press operation is situated on a 74 acre property west of Vanderhoof. The main building which houses the press is a 100’ x 200’ steel frame structure complemented by four 75’ x 150’ Cover-All style hay sheds to store hay prior to moving it into the main building to be compressed. The main building is serviced with water, 3 phase power, a septic system, satellite Internet and cell service.

    The hay press operation is relatively straightforward to run and operates smoothly with two employees. A Telehandler Loader is used to load the hay, with a smaller Kubota tractor feeding the hay to the Hunterwood Hay Press. Hunterwood designs, fabricates and manufactures the most efficient compactors on the market to compress baled and loose hay into mid-to-high density bales to optimize the storage and transportation.

    The current owner uses a hay broker in Vancouver to sell the hay overseas with most of it going to Korea and Japan. There is also strong demand from the Middle East and China and it is important to note that all the hay this business has been able to produce has been sold!! There is no surplus hay.

    Please contact the listing REALTOR® for more details or to arrange a time to go by for a visit.


    8930 Highway 16 - Vanderhoof, BC


    Head west on BC-16 W toward Nechako Ave for 8 km.

    Area Data

    Vanderhoof (pop. 4,470)
    This historic ranching and farming community is at the geographic centre of the province located at the junction of Highway 16 and Highway 27. Forestry is the number one industry, followed by ranching and farming. Vanderhoof is in a rich, fertile valley known for its cattle ranches and dairy farms. It is the second largest forage crop production area in the province with agriculture as the second largest industry in the region.

    Vanderhoof is a main service centre with several government offices, schools, hospital, medical clinic, shopping centre, 17 restaurants, 7 hotels/motel, theatre, bowling alley and golf course. The area is served by rail and air (land and float planes). The Vanderhoof Airport has an asphalt runway 5,018 feet in length and 100 feet in width and can accommodate most planes. The Nechako River, which joins the Fraser River at Prince George, runs along the north edge of Vanderhoof. There are a number of very nice residences along the river whose owners have both boats and floatplanes. From this river, you can go on waterways for over 200 kilometers, up rivers and lakes.


    This area is popular with local residents and tourists alike, due to the rare combination of natural, unspoiled beauty and the many and varied year-round recreational activities available. The fishing and hunting resources attract sportsmen from all over North America. Within a 60 mile radius of Vanderhoof, there are numerous lakes and rivers and many of these lakes offer rainbow trout fishing where you can catch your limit in less than an hour by fly fishing or casting. Moose deer and elk are very prevalent throughout this area. Activities vary from hiking, camping, boating, canoeing, golfing, horseback riding and water-skiing in the summer to cross-country skiing, curling, skating and snowmobiling in the winter.

    The town of Vanderhoof is known for hosting major year-round events, such as Wild West Week, Rich Hobson Frontier Cattle Drive, Slow-Pitch Tournaments, Central Interior Rodeo and Horse Show. Hockey, curling, figure skating, and ringette competitions and tournaments are held all winter. Community badminton, volleyball, basketball and indoor soccer take place throughout the winter season. Murray Ridge Ski Hill is located 60 km away and Vanderhoof residents can enjoy downhill skiing throughout the winter.

    Nearby Nulki Lake 8 km long (4,093 acres) and Tachik Lake 13 km long (5,439 acres) are renowned for their excellent fishing with many fishing derbies held on these lakes. Trout up to 4 lbs. have been caught in Nulki Lake and up to 7 lbs. in Tachik Lake, both in summer and in winter.

    Many lakes and rivers too numerous to mention here provide excellent fishing and recreation in the area including the Nechako River and Stuart, Trembleur, Ootsa, Tahtsa and Whitesail Lakes to name just a few.


    Early settlers came in from the south, over the western end of the Telegraph Trail. They traveled up the west coast to Prince Rupert where they boarded river steamers to take them to Hazelton; then they trekked along the Trail to Fort Fraser. Those bound for Fort St. James branched off and followed the pack trail between the two Hudson’s Bay Forts; other continued along the focal point of the Nechako Valley. The telegraph line was erected in the early days with the object of forming an overland connection between America and Europe. The Telegraph Trail followed the line from one end of British Columbia to the other and since it was the only trail into the country, it was also the main artery of travel. Many of the men who had been employed on the telegraph line remained in the north, trading, trapping and prospecting for gold.

    In 1906, the Village of Vanderhoof was only a survey line in the wilderness to mark the location of the planned railway. When the last spike was driven on April 7, 1914 it started a race for the land. The Grand Trunk Pacific Development Company offered cheap land and had one of their employees, Mr. Herbert Vanderhoof, lay out the town site. Vanderhoof is Dutch for "of the farm" which was very appropriate, since it was the first agricultural settlement in the province. The town grew and in 1926 the Village of Vanderhoof was born. With the arrival of World War II many young men left and Vanderhoof came to a standstill. With the rise of lumber prices and the arrival of new people in the late 1940s, it started to grow again. The next boost to the population and the economy came with the construction of Kenny Dam in the early 1950s. At the peak of its construction it employed 1,500 men, and a number of them stayed in the area after the dam was built. The next expansion period came with a large influx of American immigrants in the 1960s, and since that time Vanderhoof has enjoyed steady growth.


    Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.

    Map Reference

    54° 0'59.68"N and 124° 8'49.37"W

    Investment Features

    Proven demand from overseas markets.


    • Water - drilled well
    • Sewer - septic system
    • Satellite Internet
    • 3-phase power


    • Main Operations Building/Warehouse - 100’ x 200’
    • 4 Separate Cover-all style hay sheds - 150’ x 75’

    Tax Details

    $1,380.15 (2017)




    PID 015-668-363

    Maps & Plans


    Maps & Plans

    Our property descriptions and geographical information are taken from the BC Assessment Authority, Land Titles Office, government maps and other sources. While LandQuest® does not guarantee the information, we believe it to be accurate, but should not be relied upon without verification. This communication is not intended to cause or induce breach of an existing agency agreement.