Texas Cooperative Extension, Fannin County by r8GoacSP


									News Release


       The Fannin Extension Beef & Forage Committee, Fannin Soil & Water

Conservation District, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Fannin

County Texas Cooperative Extension will again this year be sponsoring the Fannin

County Hay Show and tour on October 18, 2005 at the Fannin County Extension Office.

We plan to have several events and programs on the day of the show for area hay

producers, farmers, and ranchers. The events planned will include a forage tour, hay

judging contest, and lecture programs dealing with forage and hay production.

       As in past years, there will be five classes: legumes; summer annuals; Bermudas;

small grains, ryegrass, and winter annuals; and others. We encourage all hay producers

in Fannin County to enter their hay in the show. Protein analysis will be run on each

sample by the Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma. There will be no cost for the

analysis to the producer. Limit of ten samples per person.

       All hay show entries along with entry forms must be submitted by September 16th

at one of the following locations:

       Genetic Seed & Chemical
             Hwy 78 N, Bonham

       Helena Chemical Company
             Honey Grove

       Watson Brothers Inc
Brad Jones Ranch

        Fannin County Extension Office
              South Annex, 210 S. Main, Bonham

All hay must be produced in Fannin County this year. A sample will consist of one

square bale or a sacked 18” x 18” x 6” section from a round bale. Judging of the samples

will be held and first place samples in each category will be displayed October 24th at the

Bonham Stockyards. Hay samples will be judged on forage analysis and by Jeff Tietz,

the Hay and Forage Manager for the Allen Ritchey Dairy.

        Two CEU’s for private applicators will be offered for attending the Hay Show on

October 18th. The cost for attending will be $10.00 for adults, $1.00 for 4-H or FFA

Students, which will include a meal and all handout materials. For the forage tour, we

will meet at the South Annex for registration beginning at 2:15. The bus will leave the

South Annex at 2:30 to begin the tour and will return at 6:00 for dinner. We plan to see

Native Grasses and B-Dahl Old World Bluestem at the Tim Ayers Ranch, Max Q Fescue

and Alamo Switchgrass at the Larry Smith Ranch, and Tifton 85 Hybrid Bermudagrass at

the Jerry Chambers Farm. Judge and speaker Jeff Tietz will begin his presentation at

6:30. Please RSVP by October 14th to the NRCS office at 903-583-9513, ext. 3 or to the

Fannin County Texas Cooperative Extension at 903-583-7453. Pre-registration is


        If you have any questions about submitting samples or the actual hay show or

program, please contact Chris Schraeder, County Extension Agent, AG/NR at 903-583-


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