Ag producers encouraged to compete in local and State Fair hay shows

July 3, 2012

CASPER, Wyo. – Wyoming hay producers in Goshen and Laramie counties are encouraged to submit hay samples to their county fair hay shows and producers state wide should consider competing in the hay show at the Wyoming State Fair.

While participation in local county fairs is not a prerequisite, Donn Randall, Crop and Forage program manager at the Wyoming Business Council, said competing in local fairs could allow county extension agents to transport hay submissions to the Wyoming State Fair, providing a convenient way for producers to submit samples for state judging.

Interested producers must deliver their hay samples to the Ag and Natural Resource Pavilion at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas, Wyo., on Monday, Aug. 13 by 12 p.m. Judging will begin at 9 a.m. on Aug. 14.

Before delivering samples to the State Fair producers must send a core sample of their hay bale to the Ward Laboratory in Kearney, Neb., (308.234.2418 or www.wardlab.com) for a complete forage analysis and request the results be used for the Wyoming State Fair.  Producers must also fill out and submit an official open hay show registration form, which can be found on the Wyoming State Fair website at www.wyomingstatefair.com under “entry forms” on the left side of the home page.  Entry forms and additional information may also be obtained by contacting Randall at donn.randall@wyo.gov or 307.777.6578.

The top five winning samples at the Wyoming State Fair Hay Show will automatically be sent to compete for cash prizes and recognition at the Forage Superbowl Challenge at the World Dairy Expo, Oct. 2-6 in Madison, Wis.

“Wyoming hay has consistently fared very well at the Forage Superbowl with Wyoming producers either winning the competition or placing extremely high for the last several years,” said Randall.  “Wyoming producers have been receiving more calls from people interested in purchasing hay, due in large part from the recognition Wyoming gets from the Superbowl.”

The mission of the Business Council is to facilitate the economic growth of Wyoming. The Business Council, a state government agency, concentrates its efforts on providing assistance for existing Wyoming companies and start-ups, helping communities meet their development and diversification needs, and recruiting new firms and industries targeted to complement the state’s assets. For more information, please visit www.wyomingbusiness.org.
Category: Agribusiness