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Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013 4:30 am

GATESVILLE — The deadline for entering the annual Coryell County Hay Show is Oct. 16, County Agriculture Extension Agent Pasquale Swaner announced.

The hay show is set for Nov. 7 at the Gatesville Civic Center. Entrants must sign up at the County Extension Office.

“Hay production is a very important part of agriculture in Coryell County,” Swaner said.

“We have many concerns about the health of our Bermuda and other forage producing pastures.”

Hay samples should fill half a feed sack and represent the average crop, Swaner said.

The type of hay being entered should be stated on the label. There is no charge for entering hay samples.

The hay show will include an educational program designed to help beef cattle producers manage range and pasture for livestock, Swaner said.

Larry Redmon, Texas A&M University Extension forage specialist, will conduct the pasture management portion of the program.

He will discuss Bermuda pasture health and drought recovery, rangeland health and stocking rates, fertilizing, weed control and other forage and pasture related issues.

Jason Cleere, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, will discuss the beef cattle outlook and supplementation when feeding forages.

Registration and meal will start at 6 p.m., Swaner said, and the program starts at 6:30 p.m.

There is no charge for attending the hay show, but the price of the meal is $10 per person. Those planning to take part in the meal are asked to RSVP by Nov. 5 to 254.865.2414.

The event will count one continuing education unit for pesticide applicator training licenses, Swaner said.

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