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Hay and Cattle Update

The Southeastern Hay Contest is still taking place this year. Entry samples must be received by September 1, 2020. Information on the rules of the contest and categories can be found at www.sehaycontest.com. Worth County has been well represented in past years of the contest.

Another opportunity for cattle producers is the Georgia Heifer Evaluation and Reproductive Development (HERD) Program. This program is conducted in Tifton and Calhoun. It allows producers to consign heifers for heifer development. “The program was developed to serve and educate the beef industry in Georgia; to demonstrate feeding and health programs that result in replacement heifers reaching target weights required for successful breeding performance; to provide a method of evaluating heifers including performance, reproductive traits, and disposition; to develop heifers which are source identified and genetically verified; and to demonstrate the benefits of cooperative efforts involving cattle producers, animal health professionals, the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, the UGA Animal and Dairy Science Department, the UGA Diagnostic Lab and College of Veterinary Medicine, and Georgia County Extension Agents. (UGA Beef webpage)” The program details are located on the UGA Beef Programs webpage. The entry deadline for the Tifton location is September 1, 2020.