The Feed Central National Hay Quality Competition 2016 winners were announced at the pre-harvest event on Wednesday September 14 in Toowoomba.

The winners of the competition were judged based on hay bale appearance and feed analysis tests of their crops. Feed Central Managing Director Tim Ford said the competition had attracted high quality entries across the country, with more than 650 lots competing nationally for the awards

Judges were busy inspecting with more than 180,000 tones in the competition. Winners Gavin and Fiona Thorne from Steep Gully Produce at Glenore Grove took out the prize for best feed analysis for lucerne crops, while Troy Brownhall from Jandowae won the same category for cereal crops. Mark Wright from Inglewood took home the prize for best visual appearance for a lucerne crop with 2014 past winner Ken Schmidt from Nine Mile Unit Trust Chinchilla winning best visual appearance for his oaten hay.

Mr Ford said the quality of hay in Queensland was significantly improving with growers improving their production practices. With the 2015 dry spring allowing for some excellent hay bale making, Mr Ford said the good growers were able to factor in weather damage each year when hay making. The Feed Central National Hay Quality Competition has been the only competition in Australia based on commercial lots of square and round bales for sale.

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Words by Nikita Martinz
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