2015 Liberty County Hay Testing Campaign

LIBERTY August 24, 2015 – The Annual Liberty County Hay Show will be held on Tuesday, October 27th in conjunction with the Annual Southeast Texas Beef Symposium & Trade Show at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Orange, TX. Testing of the hay samples will be conducted prior to the symposium. The Chambers, Hardin, Liberty, San Jacinto and Orange County hay testing will also be held at the same time/event.

How do I get a hay sample? Square bales should be sampled near the center of their ends, and round bales should be sampled on round edges. Random cores samples should be collected at different heights in a haystack and composited. Every effort should be made to obtain a random and representative sample otherwise the forage quality analysis may not be representative of what is actually fed.

Entries must have been baled or stacked with conventional hay machinery. Samples resulting from special handling such as hand harvesting and shade drying are ineligible. Judges' decision will be final.

Entries of conventional baled hay must be in cross sections, string-tied 8 to 12 inches in thickness. If hay was stacked or baled in large round bales, producers should stuff a regular feed sack full of hay for each entry. (A 5 pound minimum sample is required.)

Any entry will be disqualified if it contains an excessive amount of foreign material, mold or weeds.
Label each entry with the exhibitor's name, farm or ranch name if you have one, address, telephone number, and type of hay and if hay was grown or purchased.

Do not place hay samples in airtight plastic bags as mold may result. Place them in feed sacks or extra large paper bags.

Deadline: All hay samples must be submitted by
Friday, September 11, 2015.

· Liberty County AgriLife Extension Office in Liberty
· Chachere Feed in Dayton and Liberty
· Dayton Farm & Ranch in Dayton
· Maci Feed in Hardin

HAY TESTING IS FREE OF CHARGE

Any questions regarding the Liberty County Hay Testing Campaign, please call the Liberty County Extension Office at 936-334-3230.

Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.

The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate are encouraged to contact the Liberty County Office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 936-334-3230 in advance of the event to advise us of the auxiliary aid or service that you will require.


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