As the main driving force behind the company, John Van Hierden first began selling hay from his family farm in the early 1980s. Being in the business of buying and selling hay, John was shipping alfalfa to dairy farmers on the west coast. The next move was marketing overseas and in 1985 the first shipment of Canadian hay was sent overseas.
Having to deal with demands for large volumes, John van Hierden developed special baling equipment. These machines are specialized in compressing hay. This means larger volumes can fit in shipping containers, whilst ensuring the high quality remains the same.
Broadening the horizon to other markets, led to the establishment of Green Prairie in 1988. Over the years Green Prairie invested much in improving its equipment and in 1995 the first own 200.000 sqf. facility was established, from which we still operate.
Green Prairie is always innovating the way of harvesting, compressing and transporting hay worldwide. The latest addition to the company’s equipment is a press for processing round bales.