Georgia Farm Bureau members who grow Bermudagrass hay are encouraged to enter the GFB 2013 Quality Hay Contest. Hay entered in the contest will be tested at the University of Georgia Testing Lab using the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) Test, which predicts fiber digestibility and likely animal intake of hay.
“I’d like to encourage all of our Rockdale/Dekalb County Farm Bureau members who have grown Bermudagrass hay this year to consider entering the contest,” said Rockdale/DeKalb County Farm Bureau President Jerry Davis.
“Each person who enters the contest will receive a copy of the analysis information from the University of Georgia testing lab, which is a great tool for measuring the nutrition quality of your hay and seeing how you may need to make adjustments in your hay production methods to improve the quality of your hay.”
Producers may enter more than one sample in the contest. There is a $15 entry fee for each sample entered in the contest to cover the cost of the lab work. Applications are available at the Rockdale/DeKalb County Farm Bureau office or may be downloaded at the GFB website http:/www.gfb.org/commodities.
Checks to cover the entry fee should be made payable to Georgia Farm Bureau. Entry forms and samples should be sent to the GFB Commodities Department, 1620 Bass Road Macon, Ga., 31210. The deadline to enter is Nov. 1.
Winners will be announced Dec. 9 during the GFB Hay Commodity Conference at the 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 TM850 Trailed Mower 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. Second place will receive a baler-mounted hay moisture tester.
For more information contact the Rockdale/DeKalb County Farm Bureau office at 770-922-3566 or visit http://www.gfb.org to download the contest and directory forms.