The purpose of our annual Quality Hay Contest is to encourage and promote quality hay production. The contest is open only to Georgia Farm Bureau members who produce dry Bermuda grass hay (all types/varieties) on their farm. The entry fee is $20 per sample and is required to cover the cost of lab analysis. Contest winners will be announced at the Georgia Farm Bureau Annual Meeting at Jekyll Island in December.
All entries will be tested at the University of Georgia using the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) system to determine total digestibility. It is imperative that each sample be as dry as possible before sealing in a zip lock bag. High moisture will accelerate the build-up of mold on the sample and will cause it to be disqualified. Entries must be submitted to the Georgia Farm Bureau Public Policy Department by no later than October 31, 2019.
Producers who enter the Hay Contest can receive a free listing in the Georgia Farm Bureau Hay Directory.
Previous first place winners are not eligible to win any prize category in the contest for a period of three years following their win. However, a previous winner may enter his hay sample for the purpose of having it officially graded. Any producer submitting more than one sample can only place in the top 5 with one sample but will receive analysis for all submitted samples.
Georgia Farm Bureau Hay Contest Rules
- Participants must be a Georgia Farm Bureau Member.
- Only hay produced in Georgia is eligible to enter.
- Entry forms must be completed and signed and represent that all rules were followed.
- Hay samples must be taken from fields with a minimum maturity or re-growth of at least 25 days to ensure fair competition.
- Dry hay must have been dried in the field. The hay must not have been artificially dried (e.g., in a barn, forced air, fans, etc.)
- Fill a one gallon zip lock bag with naturally field dried core samples taken from at least 5 different bales (rolls or squares) within the same farm, same field and cut under uniform conditions.
- Forage samples for lab analysis must be a core sample taken with a hay probe. Contact your county extension agent for assistance if needed.
- Only dry Bermuda grass samples qualify to enter the contest
- Any samples with nitrates above 4500 ppm will be disqualified.
- Any sample with moisture above 18% will be disqualified.
- Disagreements will be decided by the GFB Hay Advisory Committee.
Complete and send this entry form, sample and a check for $20 (per sample) payable to:
Georgia Farm Bureau
1620 Bass Road
Macon, Georgia 31210