The Hunt County Extension Ag and Livestock Committee along with sponsors of the annual Hunt Co Hay Show are working hard to make this another great event for hay producers this year. Some changes to the show were made last year, and were well received by the majority of participants. We have waited until later in the season this year to collect entries, in hopes that more producers would have hay to enter. Therefore we hope you will enter some samples to receive a free analysis of your hay from the Noble Foundation (a $15 value per sample).
Entries are due by Tuesday, September 29 by 5:00 p.m., to the NET Farmers Coop store or fertilizer plant in Greenville. In addition to a free analysis, each entrant will be entered in a drawing to receive one ton of fertilizer, sponsored by our main supporters, the NET Farmers Coop in Greenville and Potts Feed Store in Emory. Two prizes will be awarded. This drawing, from those who have entered the show, will take place at the Hay Show on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, and you must be present to win.
Following are the guidelines for submitting an entry. We encourage ALL producers enter samples, no matter the quality, to better determine the nutritional value of their hay for livestock feeding purposes. Most of the 2015 spring hay was not to the level most producers would hope to have, and that is all the more reason to submit a sample and find out the true quality of what you were able to produce this year. This will allow you to know what you are feeding (or selling) and make more educated choices for feed supplements. You may enter a sample from each field and each cutting you have produced this year in the county. Samples are not accepted from hay purchased, or grown outside the county.
As for the Hay Show and Educational program to be held October 20, we will again require everyone that attends for the meal to obtain a ticket prior to the Hay Show. These will be available starting October 1, from the Extension Office and Farmers Coop.
Again, we hope you will submit hay for testing and we look forward to seeing you for the program in October. If you have any questions, please contact the Extension office at 903-455-9885