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Winner: Borrika farmer Scott Huxtable has taken home a national hay crop quality award. Photo - supplied.
Winner: Borrika farmer Scott Huxtable has taken home a national hay crop quality award. Photo - supplied.

Three South Australian producers have won awards in a national hay quality competition.

Borrika farmer Scott Huxtable, from Mallee Max Farms, was given the award for the state’s best cereal crop visual appearance.

Matt and David Eckert, of Meningie, took home the Feed Central National Hay Quality state award for the best cereal feed analysis test.

Taking home two categories was Loxton hay producer Andrew Westbrook, who produced the state’s best lucerne crop in visual appearance and feed analysis.

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

“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. 

More details can be found at www.feedcentral.com.au.