Start Date

24-2-2000 2:30 PM

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (Hay & Grain Branch) Hay testing program is now entering its 13th year of testing hay for Kentucky producers. The Department continues to use NIR forage analysis equipment. The program has made many improvements and much information has been gained. We continue to strive for quality control and producing accurate results. Recently, many new updates have occurred. New hardware and software have been added, along with the recent purchase of a second hay testing van. By placing a toll free call (1-800- 248-4628) to the Department of Agriculture in Frankfort, we will find a convenient time to meet you at your farm to collect your hay samples. At the same time, you may have your hay visually appraised by the KDA sampler for characteristics such as maturity, color, odor, leafiness etc. The samples will then be added to the KDA database of hay for sale. It will also be included on the Department of Agriculture Internet web-site. Approximately 70% of all hay tested by the Department is not listed for sale, but will be used by the producer for feeding purposes. One new dimension that has been added is a joint effort between Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the University of Kentucky Extension Service to provide a beef ration-balancing program. Following receipt of the testing results, we can then calculate a least cost ration for your beef enterprises. All this can be obtained for a low fee of $10.00 per sample or lot. I believe that qualifies as one of the bargains of the 21st century.

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Feb 24th, 2:30 PM

Hay Testing and New Marketing Program

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (Hay & Grain Branch) Hay testing program is now entering its 13th year of testing hay for Kentucky producers. The Department continues to use NIR forage analysis equipment. The program has made many improvements and much information has been gained. We continue to strive for quality control and producing accurate results. Recently, many new updates have occurred. New hardware and software have been added, along with the recent purchase of a second hay testing van. By placing a toll free call (1-800- 248-4628) to the Department of Agriculture in Frankfort, we will find a convenient time to meet you at your farm to collect your hay samples. At the same time, you may have your hay visually appraised by the KDA sampler for characteristics such as maturity, color, odor, leafiness etc. The samples will then be added to the KDA database of hay for sale. It will also be included on the Department of Agriculture Internet web-site. Approximately 70% of all hay tested by the Department is not listed for sale, but will be used by the producer for feeding purposes. One new dimension that has been added is a joint effort between Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the University of Kentucky Extension Service to provide a beef ration-balancing program. Following receipt of the testing results, we can then calculate a least cost ration for your beef enterprises. All this can be obtained for a low fee of $10.00 per sample or lot. I believe that qualifies as one of the bargains of the 21st century.