The grand champion in the quality hay contest offered by the Missouri Farm Association (MFA) at the Missouri State Fair was won by Glenn Obermann, of Monett. In the front row, from left, are: Commissioner Elizabeth Schlueter; Jason Obermann; 2010 Missouri State Fair Queen Megan Westhoff; Glenn Obermann; and Commissioner Barbara Hayden. Second row: Commissioner Ted Sheppard; Commissioner Steve Luecker; Commissioner Lowell Mohler; Department of Agriculture Jon Hagler; and Hay Contest Superintendent Mark Murphy.
|"The top hay was from a third cutting of alfalfa cut on June 29," said Eldon Cole, a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist who coordinated the hay show. "The second cutting had been cut on June 2. The variety was Northrup King Everlast."|
The Obermann entry had a relative feed value (RFV) of 204, crude protein of 22 percent and a total digestible nutrient (TDN) figure of 70 percent. All values are on a dry matter basis.
|"The alfalfa class was especially tough as seven of the nine entries had relative feed values of 158 or higher with an average crude protein value of 22 percent," said Cole.|
|The judge for the subjective portion of the show, Chris Douglas, of Ozark, was impressed with the top end of the hay. He is an alfalfa grower and past exhibitor at the show.|
|For his reserve champion, Douglas chose an orchard grass entry from Zach Harter, Republic. The variety was Extend, a second cutting taken on July 2. The lab analysis showed 15.6 percent crude protein, 60 percent TDN and a 113 RFV.|
|The class for grass-legumes is always competitive and Gary and Valvalia Theater, of Clever, claimed the top spot in that class. The alfalfa-orchardgrass had 61 percent TDN, 20.6 percent protein with a RFV of 137.|
|Other class winners were: Michael and Nathan Dawson, of Sarcoxie in the warm season grass class; Harter, summer/winter annual grass; Todd Groves, of Billings, large package of cool season grass; David Agee, of Pleasant Hope, large package grass-legume mix; and Harter, large package of summer/winter annual grass.|
|The hay show rankings are based on 60 percent value from the RFV and 40 percent on the subjective score assigned by the judge. Features considered in the subjective scores are smell, color, condition and purity of the hay.|
|Southwest Missouri consistently ranks among the top counties in the state for quantity of hay produced each year. The Ozark Empire Fair Hay Show gives growers a chance to show they also can produce quality hay.|
|Complete details on the Ozark Empire Fair hay show may be found by clicking on "Hay Show Results 2010" on the Lawrence County Extension website at http://extension.missouri.edu/LAWRENCE/.|