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June 14, 2013   Email to Friend 

JACKSON COUNTY HAY FARMERS COULD WIN CASH

Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
June 14, 2013

Jackson County Farmers Federation members could win up to $300 in the county’s inaugural hay contest.

In addition to cash prizes, Jackson County Young Farmers Committee President Colin Wilson said the contest doubles as a free way for farmers to test the quality of hay they grow.

“Feed is one of the biggest expenses farmers have,” said Wilson, who represents District 2 on the Federation’s State Young Farmers Committee. “Not only can farmers who enter this contest win cash, they can have hay sampled at no cost thanks to a sponsorship by Anipro. Knowing exactly what animals are eating can help farmers raise the highest quality animals possible.”

Alabama Farmers Federation State Hay & Forage Division Director Nate Jaeger said he hopes other counties will help to expand the contest’s mission statewide.

“The importance of knowing what you grow is paramount to a profitable enterprise,” Jaeger said. “By testing hay, farmers might just find out that they have better quality than they realized.”

Similar to the Southeastern Hay Contest, samples from this event are scored on relative forage quality (RFQ) values. Members who belong to both the county Federation and Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association are eligible to compete.

All samples entered must be grown in Jackson County and are due by Oct. 15. Submit samples to the Jackson County Extension Office, 27115 John T. Reid Pkwy., Scottsboro, AL 35768.

The first-place winner receives $300 courtesy of the Jackson County Farmers Federation Hay & Forage Committee; second place receives $200 courtesy of the Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association; and third place receives $100 courtesy of the Jackson County Farmers Federation Equine Committee.

To download an application or view additional guidelines, visit AlfaFarmers.org/Jackson. For more information, contact Wilson at (256) 599-3533.


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