Hay mak­ing win­ners

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Three north­ern Vic­to­ria farm­ers and a Mul­wala farmer have made the best hay crops in Aus­tralia, earn­ing na­tional recog­ni­tion in the 2018 Feed Cen­tral Na­tional Hay Qual­ity com­pe­ti­tion.

Boort’s Josh Lanyon, Col Rad­cliffe of Kerang, Tom Acocks from Rochester and Mul­wala’s Lochie Don­ald have all won na­tional ti­tles in the com­pe­ti­tion which recog­nises and en­cour­ages grow­ers to aim for high qual­ity hay.

Mr Lanyon has had a re­mark­able run of suc­cess in the com­pe­ti­tion, win­ning na­tional and state ti­tles ev­ery year since 2015.

This year Mr Lanyon had the best vis­ual ap­pear­ance vetch hay crop in Aus­tralia and also won the Vic­to­rian ti­tles for the best ce­real vis­ual ap­pear­ance and feed anal­y­sis.

Mr Rad­cliffe was named na­tional win­ner for the best vetch feed anal­y­sis crop. He also had Vic­to­ria’s best lucerne feed anal­y­sis test.

Mr Acocks had Aus­tralia’s best vis­ual ap­pear­ance lucerne crop and Mr Don­ald’s lucerne crop had the best feed anal­y­sis test in Aus­tralia.

The na­tional win­ners also won the state ti­tles for their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories.

The Feed Cen­tral Na­tional Hay Qual­ity awards cover the 2017-18 sea­son and more than 400 lots were judged across Aus­tralia.

Feed Cen­tral man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tim Ford said the over­all qual­ity had re­turned to nor­mal fol­low­ing a lowqual­ity sea­son the pre­vi­ous year.

Mr Ford said the awards were de­signed to en­cour­age all pro­duc­ers to make the best pos­si­ble hay and to hon­our the best in the busi­ness.

‘‘The qual­ity of hay has a di­rect im­pact on the per­for­mance of live­stock and it’s al­ways more prof­itable to eat good qual­ity hay,’’ he said.

‘‘With dairy cat­tle in par­tic­u­lar, good qual­ity hay will have a dra­matic im­prove­ment in milk pro­duc­tion, and beef cat­tle also re­spond bet­ter. Good qual­ity hay makes money for the end user.’’

Mr Ford said the Feed Cen­tral Na­tional Hay Qual­ity com­pe­ti­tion was the only one of its type based on com­mer­cial quan­ti­ties and qual­i­ties.

Fam­ily cel­e­brates . . . Lochie Don­ald ac­cept­ing his na­tional and NSW awards for best lucerne feed anal­y­sis test with his chil­dren An­gus, Finella, Liz­beth and Shona.

Look­ing good . . . Rochester’s Tom Acocks’ crop was awarded best vis­ual ap­pear­ance lucerne crop.

Na­tional suc­cess . . . Col Rad­cliffe’s brother Brett and sis­ter-in-law Karen. Col’s Kerang crop was named na­tional win­ner for the best vetch feed anal­y­sis crop.

Con­sis­tent win­ner . . . Josh Lanyon, of Boort. He has won na­tional and state ti­tles ev­ery year since 2015.

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