BIG WIN: Feed Central managing director Tim Ford presents Josh Lanyon with his award at the recent national hay quality competition.Two Victorian hay growers have won national awards for producing the best crops in the country.
Jack O’Loughlan, of Ballyrogan, and Josh Lanyon, of Boort, have both won Australian awards along with state titles in the 2015 Feed Central National Hay Quality competition.
The awards recognise crops with the best visual appearance and best feed analysis.
Mr O’Loughlan’s cereal crop won the best visual appearance title in Victoria and Australia.
Mr Lanyon, of Lanyon Hay Making, won the double title for the best feed analysis of a vetch crop.
Other Victorian producers have featured prominently in the awards which aim to promote good quality hay and recognise growing excellence.
Brett Radcliffe of Tyisha Pastoral Company at Kerang won the best feed analysis title for lucerne in Victoria, while Darren Hender of Joellda Pty Ltd at Swan Hill had the best visual score for a lucerne crop.
Col Radcliffe of Radcliffe Rural Enterprises at Kerang won the Victorian cereal feed test analysis and Mark Mortlock of Dunluce had the best visual appearance vetch crop in the state.
The winners were announced during a pre-baling supply meeting for growers and contractors at the Feed Central Victorian office at Shepparton on September 18.
The best visual appearance hay resembled the colour of a $100 note, while highmetabolisable energy (ME) andprotein results led to a good feed test score.
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