Domaine du Grand Estagel 30800 Saint-Gilles – France

Hay export

We are a company specialized in the trade and export of the best French fodder available on the market – natural meadow hay, French terroir hay, Crau hay, timothy hay, alfalfa hay, straw. We deliver nationally, in Europe and internationally all over the world, all year round.
Doulière Hay France, thanks to its unique compressed bale factory in the region, is the only exporter of hay and straw of this format in France. Its high quality hay, without pesticides or chemicals, is selected and checked at every stage, from production to shipment. A tracking voucher guarantees traceability.
Doulière Hay France, thanks to its unique compressed bale factory in the region, is the only exporter of hay and straw of this format in France. Its high quality hay, without pesticides or chemicals, is selected and checked at every stage, from production to shipment. A tracking voucher guarantees traceability.

Compressed hay bales, special export

Perfectly standard sizes, the compressed bales are wrapped to protect this “food resource” from humidity and ambient dust.
These dense bales, perfectly sized in length, width and thickness, with a perfectly constant weight, can be handled simply without “falling apart”, no loss of debris.
Storage, handling, transport, density: by being compatible with the actual standards and practices, the logistics of supplying hay delivered to the customer is simplified.
The CHC compressed bale for export, a production process that begins at harvest.
The hay is traditionally harvested in standard format bales of high density 90x120x240 of 550 kg by specialized companies, with adaptation of hydrometric probes and infoview computers on the balers. A contribution of biological preservative is applied if necessary. All under control and compliance with specifications.
This hay is then transported to large warehouses where it is stored isolated from the ground by pallets. It finishes its fermentation there for 40 to 60 days.
During this ripening period, it undergoes a batch control of its quality and especially of the humidity level. This information is kept to ensure traceability.
After this step, the stabilized hay has an average of 14% moisture. It is then transported on the supply chain to undergo a first cutting during which an operator checks the heart of each bale and reforming it if necessary.
Then the hay is conveyed into a controlled compression chamber, reducing it by half to 50 cm. During this compression, up to 500 tonnes per cm², the slices are tied. Then the bales come out to be led into a cutting box, on two or three blades depending on the final choice of format, to come out at 40 or 30 cm. This compression phase, by expelling the air as much as possible, decreases the oxidation of the hay and therefore the loss of nutrients. Its flavors will be preserved 3 times longer.

Simplified logistics

A 26T load-weight truck transports 26T of compressed bale hay, compared to 15T previously. And a container can carry 25 T of compact bale fodder.
Loading and unloading by conventional forklifts takes a few minutes. This represents:
Great time saving.
A transport cost approximately halved due to the doubling of the density on the one hand, and the use of standard semi-trailers on the other hand. Optimized maritime export by container.
An induced decrease in oil consumption and transport pollution halved for the same reasons.

A strategic geographical location for the export of hay

The geographical location of the packaging and storage site in the region of St Gilles, in the south of France, is strategic for supplies and shipments:
Along the motorways on the Spain-Italy and North of France axes, for the national.
40 minutes from the port of Fos-Marseille to the east and 1 hour from the port of Sète to the west, for the international.

Optimized maritime export

Our products in compressed bales are shipped by container and delivered worldwide:
Due to their format, the dimensions correspond to those of standard containers.
Due to their guaranteed humidity level, they can be charged without risk.
Thanks to traceability: they correspond to customs standards.
Due to their guaranteed humidity level, they can be charged without risk.
Thanks to traceability: they correspond to customs standards.
This traceability provides a final additional guarantee to meet the forage needs of our customers all over the world.
For more information on the export of our French hay, please contact us.