Hay entered in the contest will be tested at the University of Georgia Testing Lab using the Relative Forage Quality Test, which predicts fiber digestibility and likely animal intake of hay, officials say.
“I’d like to encourage all of our Cherokee County Farm Bureau members who have grown Bermuda grass hay this year to consider entering the contest,” said Cherokee County Farm Bureau President William Grizzle. “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.”
There is a $15 entry fee for each sample to cover the costs of the lab work.
Producers may enter more than one sample. The deadline to enter is Oct. 31.
Winners will be determined by RFQ analysis and visual inspection by a forage specialist.
Nitrate levels above 4,500 parts per million will be disqualified.
Winners will be announced Dec. 3 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 for one year of a Vermeer TM850 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 the year.
Contest participants will receive a detailed copy of their hay analysis information and a free listing in the GFB Hay directory, if they so choose.
Applications are available at the Cherokee County Farm Bureau office or may be downloaded at the GFB website www.gfb.org/commodities
For more information contact the Cherokee County Farm Bureau office at (770) 479-1481