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GFB Taking Applications For Hay Contest, Hay Directory Listings


By: GFB News
8/29/2013 11:16:11 AM


Georgia Farm Bureau members are encouraged to enter their Bermudagrass hay into the 2013 GFB Quality Hay Contest, which is designed to encourage the production of better quality hay in Georgia.

The University of Georgia Testing Lab evaluates hay entered in the contest using the Relative Forage Quality Test (RFQ), which predicts the fiber digestibility and likely animal intake of the hay.

Entry forms outlining the procedure for entering the contest and rules may be picked up at your local county Farm Bureau office. There is a $15 fee for each entry to cover the cost of the lab test. Producers may enter more than one sample. The deadline for entry is Nov. 1.

Contest participants will receive a detailed copy of their hay analysis information and a free listing in the GFB Hay Directory, if they choose.

Winners will be determined by the RFQ analysis. Nitrate levels above 4,500 parts per million or moisture above 18 percent will be disqualified. The top five places will be announced at the GFB Hay Commodity Meeting Dec. 9 during the GFB Convention on Jekyll Island.

Prizes will be presented for the top five places. The first place winner will receive a year's free use of a Vermeer TM 850 Trailed Mower, compliments of the Vermeer Manufacturing Company. The winner will have the option to purchase the mower at a reduced price at the end of a year. Second place will receive a baler-mounted hay moisture tester.

The GFB Hay Advisory Committee sponsors the GFB Bermuda Hay Contest.

GFB is also seeking listings for its 2014 Quality Hay Directory. The directory is scheduled to be printed in late November. Producers should complete a form and send it to the GFB office in Macon with a check for $10 for each listing. Checks should be made out to Georgia Farm Bureau. Because this publication is used for the entire year, producers should include normal and projected production of round and square bales they anticipate selling.

Entry forms for the Hay Contest can be found on the 2013 Quality Hay Contest webpage.

Application forms for the Hay Directory can be found on the Hay Directory webpage.

Forms for both the GFB Quality Hay Contest and the Quality Hay Directory are available at your local Farm Bureau Office. or on our website Contact Joe McManus at (800) 342-1196 for more information on the hay contest or the hay directory.


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