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Knowles receives GFB Hay Contest top prize; 2021 entries accepted

by Jay Stone

Posted on Aug 18, 2021 at 0:00 AM

Telfair County Farm Bureau member Kerry Knowles, winner of the 2020 Georgia Farm Bureau Quality Hay Contest, recently accepted the grand prize, a Vermeer 604R Baler.

Knowles is allowed a year’s use of the baler with the option to purchase it at a reduced price at the end of a year.

Knowles and his family grow hay and raise cattle on 500 acres. A third-generation farmer, Kerry submitted samples of Russell Bermudagrass in the 2020 contest, achieving a Relative Forage Quality Score of 177.6.

“I knew I had a chance of winning and the good Lord sort of helped me through it to make the quality of hay that I got,” Knowles said. “It’s a wonderful thing to be able to win it.”

GFB is calling all members who grow Bermudagrass hay to enter its annual hay contest. Hay entered in the 2021 GFB Quality Hay Contest will be tested at the University of Georgia Feed & Environmental Water Lab using the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) Test, which provides an analysis of the nutritional value of the hay. Winners will be determined by the RFQ analysis and announced in December at the annual GFB Convention on Jekyll Island. Prizes will be presented to the top five producers.

The first-place winner will receive the free use of a Vermeer 604R baler for one year, courtesy of the Vermeer Manufacturing Company. The winner will have the option to purchase the mower at a reduced price at the end of the year. Entry forms outlining all contest rules may be picked up at local county Farm Bureau offices or downloaded at

There is a $20 fee for each entry to cover the cost of the lab test. Checks should be made payable to Georgia Farm Bureau. Entry fees, forms and samples should be sent to the GFB Public Policy Department 1620 Bass Road Macon, Ga., 31210. For more information about the contest contact Jeremy Taylor in the GFB Public Policy Department at 1-800-342-1192 or

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