2017 Oregon Hay King Contest
The Oregon Hay and Forage Association in cooperation with Oregon State University Extension Service and Oregon State University Agricultural Experiment Station is sponsoring the 2017 Oregon Hay King Contest which will be held on Saturday, November 18th at SS Equipment, Lakeview, OR. Bale Delivery is 7:30-8:45 am and judging starts at 9:00 am and will conclude at 4:00 pm or earlier. There will be complimentary donuts and coffee available, and lunch with be available (working on details).
The Hay King contest is an annual event where hay growers can not only show off their hay, but network with other growers, exchange ideas, and just celebrate the end of another year’s harvest. The 2017 contest will be hosted by the Lake County Hay and Forage Association.
The 7 hay classes to be judged will include: 1. dairy alfalfa 2. retail alfalfa 3. grass 4. grass/legume mix 5. cereal 6. cereal/legume (pea or vetch) mix 7. timothy
Entry forms, hay samples, and checks need be received by Friday, November 3rd, to the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center (KBREC).. On November 18th, show up at the Fairgrounds, with your bale or bales, from the stack you core-sampled earlier, and watch the judges feel, smell and paw through everyone’s hay. It is a very educational day. The bales are judged and awarded points based on quality testing (RFQ score) and sensory evaluation.
The quality testing will be predicted by NIRS at the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center. Hay quality parameters quantified will include crude protein, ADF, NDF, TDN, RFV, RFQ, ash, dNDF, NDFD and many more quality indicators. The RFQ analysis scores are combined with the sensory scores, to name a winner in each category. So enter one or more classes and be the next Hay King for a year.
Send hay core samples, entry form, and $25 per entry to Hay King Contest c/o Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, 6941 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603-9365. Checks should be made out to “Oregon Hay and Forage Association”. All sizes of bales are eligible for competition.
Hay King Contest Rules
- All contestants must enter a cored sample of their hay entry by the November 3rd deadline. The cored sample can be sent directly to the contest Lab. Payment and the entry registration form must be turned in with the cored hay samples. Additionally, one bale, of each class of hay entered, must be in place at the contest location by 9 am, November 18th.
- Cored hay samples must be a representative sample of the entire lot of hay.
This means that:
- Multiple cored sub-samples (20) must be taken to make up your sample, rather than an entire flake, or a portion of a flake.
- The inside diameter of the coring device must be no less than 3/8 inches (if you don’t have a coring device, contact your Extension office). Note the type & size of sampling device on your entry form.
- A minimum of 20 bales must be sampled at random from each lot of hay (a lot is hay from the same cutting, variety, field, stage of maturity, and harvested within the same day). A lot should not exceed 200 tons of hay, or be less than 30 tons.
- When sampling, probe the bale near the center, at least 12 to 18 inches into the butt end of the bale. The probe should enter horizontally at a right angle to the surface of the end of the bale. Be sure the probe doesn’t slant up, down, or sideways.
- Combine core samples for each class entry into a single sample by combining them into a sealed freezer bag. Samples submitted with less than a quart bag full of sample may be rejected. (This equates to a minimum of about 200 grams or ½ lb or greater of sample material, if sampled properly) Do not ever try to subdivide the sample! It is impossible to subdivide the sample until it is ground. Even if you have too much, send the whole sample in.
- If there is not a minimum of 2 entries in a class of hay, the classes may not be judged, this will be at the OHFA board’s discretion. The submitter will be informed prior to the contest.
OHFA Fall Forage Seminar
There will be an Oregon Hay and Forage Association (OHFA) Fall Forage Seminar held at the Lake County Courthouse Memorial Hall, 17819 Airport Road, Lakeview, OR on November 17th. This forage seminar will precede the Oregon Hay King Contest being held on Saturday, November 18th at SS Equipment. Lake County Hay and Forage Association (LCHFA) is hosting forage seminar, in cooperation with the Oregon Hay and Forage Association, OSU Extension Service and Ag Experiment Station. Questions: Contact Pete Schreder at 541-947-6054, Dan Roberts, President of LCHFA at 706-742-0905, or OHFA President, Greg Mohnen, at 541-419-5339.
+ 9:30: On-Farm Teff Research Update – Natalie Shaw
+ 10:30 to Noon: Organic Forages – Oregon Tilth
+ Noon: Deli lunch, pizza and sub sandwiches
+ 1:00 Lecture and demo about use of drones in agriculture – Oregon State University
2017 Hay King Contest Entry Form
Please include this entry form with your hay sample and entry fee.
Checks should be made payable to: Oregon Hay and Forage Association
Entry Fees: Member– $25 Per Entry Non-Member – $25 Per Entry
Samples entered without entry fee & entry form will not be accepted!
Town: ______________________ State: _________________________
Core Device Used________________________________________
Inside Diameter Core Size_____________ Core Tip Size __________
Hay Species / TypeVariety (if Known)Cutting
Tons in Lot
Hay Species & Types (choose from the designations below to complete the first column above for each entry)
*Dairy Alfalfa – *Retail Alfalfa – Grass/Legume mix – Grass – Cereal –
Cereal/Legume (pea or vetch) – Timothy
Mail Entries to: 2015 Oregon Hay King Contest
C/O Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center
6941 Washburn Way
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Contact for the Hay King Contest is Mylen Bohle at 541-447-6228
Congratulations to the 2015 and 2016 OHFA Best of show winners:
Best of Show
2016 – Gary McManus, Lakeview, 4th Cut Dairy Alfalfa
2015 – John Myers, Echo, 4th Cut Retail Alfalfa