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GFB accepting entries to Hay Contest and Hay Directory


By: Georgia Farm Bureau
8/9/2017 2:02:12 PM


Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members who grow Bermudagrass hay are encouraged to enter the GFB 2017 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.

Producers may enter more than one sample in the contest. There is a $20 entry fee for each sample entered in the contest to cover lab costs. Applications and instructions for submitting samples are available at county Farm Bureau offices or may be downloaded at

Submitted samples must be dried in the field and come from fields with a minimum maturity/regrowth of 25 days.
Samples with moisture levels above 18 percent or nitrates greater than 4,500 parts per million will be disqualified. To review the contest rules in their entirety visit the website above.

Checks to cover the entry fee should be made payable to Georgia Farm Bureau. Entry forms and samples should be sent to the GFB Public Policy Department, Agricultural Programs, 1620 Bass Road Macon, Ga., 31210. The deadline to enter is Oct. 31. The first-place prize is free use of a Vermeer 504N Signature Baler for one year courtesy of Vermeer. Winners will be announced on Dec. 4 during the GFB Awards Program at the GFB Convention on Jekyll Island.

Farm Bureau members with hay for sale are also invited to list their farm in the 2017 GFB Quality Hay Directory. Completed forms should be sent to the GFB office in Macon along with a check for $10 for each listing. Those who enter the hay contest receive a free entry in the directory. Checks should be made payable to Georgia Farm Bureau. The directory will be published online at and entries can be made or updated at any time. The directory will include space for custom hay harvesting and custom sprigging.


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