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State fair hay contest

by Minden Press-Herald

Special to the Press-Herald

The LSU AgCenter is proud to announce the annual LSU AgCenter State Fair Hay Quality Contest to be held at the State Fair of Louisiana in Shreveport this October.

The Louisiana Hay Contest was developed to showcase farmers and ranchers in our area that consistently produce quality forages for livestock. Categories in which farmers and ranchers can enter forages include warm-season perennial forages (bahiagrass, bermudagrass, mixed grasses, etc.); winter-annual forages (ryegrass, ryegrass-clover, etc.); miscellaneous legumes (alfalfa, clovers, etc), and baleage. Cash and other prizes will be awarded to the winner of each class. Each class winner will be awarded $100, and the $15 analysis fee will be refunded for the second place entry in each class. Deadline to enter the contest is September 24.

Forage sampling is an important way for livestock owners to understand the quality of the hay they are feeding their animals. All livestock owners are encouraged to sample their forages to determine quality.

For more information on forage sampling, or to enter hay into the LSU AgCenter State Fair Hay Quality Contest, contact Lee Faulk at the LSU AgCenter Webster Parish Extension Office at 318-371-1371.

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