Oregon Hay King Winners
Hall Of Fame


2015 – John Meyer, Echo
Dinsdale Farm, Silver Lake
2014 – Baker Family Farm, Silver Lake, Dairy
Baker Family Farm, Silver Lake, Retail
2013 – David King, Malin, Dairy
Jubal Pierson,Silver Lake, Retail
2012 – David Reed, Klamath Falls; Retail - David King, Malin
2011 – T&G Hay, Mitchell
2010 – Scott Pierson, Siver Lake
2009 – David King, Malin
2008 – David King, Malin
2007 – Scott Pierson, Silver Lake
2006 – Scott Pierson, Silver Lake
2005 – Scott Pierson, Silver Lake
2004 – John Pierson, Ashland
2003 – Maria Cade, Fort Rock
2002 – Ken Cade, Fort Rock
2001 – Hemenway Farms, Madras
2000 – Bob Houts, Madras
1999 – Dun Milkin Ranch, Madras
1998 – John & Debbie Volle, Burns


2015 – Not enough entries
2014 – Not enough entries
2013 – Not enough entries
2012 – David King, Malin
2011 – Not enough entries
2010 – David King, Malin
2009 – Leon Baker, Silver Lake
2008 – Leon Baker, Silver Lake
2007 – Darryl Anderson, Lakeview
2006 – Leon Baker, Silver Lake
2005 – David King, Malin
2004 – David Reed, Klamath Falls
2004 – Carlos Curry, Fort Rock/David King, Malin
2003 – Carlos Curry, Fort Rock
2002 – Scott Pierson, Silver Lake
2001 – Bowers Ranches, Fort Rock
2000 – Hemenway Farms, Madras
1999 – Lake Ranch, Christmas Valley
1998 – Hemenway Farms, Madras


2015 – Volle Ranch, Madras
2014 – McGinnis Ranch, Tumalo (Bend)
2013 – Volle Ranch, Madras
2012 – John Volle, Madras
2011 – John Volle, Madras
2010 – David King, Malin
2009 – McGinnis Ranch, Bend
2008 – McGinnis Ranch, Bend
2007 – McGinnis Ranch, Bend
2006 – McGinnis Ranch, Bend
2005 – McGinnis Ranch, Bend
2004 – Ken Cade, Fort Rock
2003 – John Pierson, Fort Rock
2002 – David Reed, Klamath Falls
2001 – Maria Cade, Fort Rock
2000 – Hemenway Farms, Madras
1999 – Hemenway Farms, Madras
1998 – Allen & Glena Struthers, Bend


2015 – Pierson Hay, Silver Lake
2014 – McGinnis Raanch, Tumalo (Bend)
2013 – Not enough entries
2012 - Leon Baker, Silver Lake
2011 – Scott Pierson, Silver Lake
2010 – No Entries
2009 – David King, Malin
2008 – David King, Malin
2007 – Scott Pierson, Silver Lake
2006 – David King, Malin
2005 – David King, Malin
2004 – Ken Cade, Fort Rock
2003 – John Volle, Bonanza
2002 – John Volle, Bonanza
2001 – Scott Pierson, Silver Lake
2000 – Gary McManus, Lakeview
1999 – No entries
1998 – Dun Milkin Ranch, Madras


2011 – McGinnis Ranch, Bend
2010 – McGinnis Ranch, Bend
2009 – McGinnis Ranch, Bend
2008 – McGinnis Ranch, Bend
2006 – Leroy Horton, Christmas Valley












Mark your calendar: the 2016 Oregon Hay King Contest will be held November 19, 2016 at Ag West Supply, Madras, Oregon.


The Hay King contest is an annual event where hay growers can not only show off their hay, but network with other growers, exchange ideas, and just celebrate the end of another year’s harvest. The 7 hay classes to be judged will include:

1.dairy alfalfa 2.retail alfalfa 3.grass-orchard and mixed 4.grass/legume mix 5.cereal 6.cereal/legume (pea or vetch) mix 7. timothy

Entry forms, hay samples, and checks need be received by TK, to the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center. On TK, show up at TK with a bale from the stack you core-sampled earlier and watch the judges feel, smell and paw through everyone’s hay. It is a very educational day. The bales are judged and awarded points based on quality testing (RFQ) score) and sensory evaluation.

The quality testing will be predicted by NIRS at the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center. Hay quality parameters quantified will include crude protein, ADF, NDF, TDN, RFV, RFQ, ash, dNDF, NDFD and many more quality indicators. The RFQ nutrient analysis scores are combined with the sensory scores, to name a winner in each category. So enter one or more classes and be the next Hay King for a year.

Send hay core samples, entry form, and $25 per entry to Hay King Contest c/o Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, 6941 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603-9365. Checks should be made out to Oregon Hay and Forage Association. All sizes of bales are eligible for competition. For big bale samples bring 2-3 flakes folded in half and stuffed in a plastic bag.

Hay King Contest Rules

1. All contestants must enter a cored sample of their hay entry by the TK deadline. The cored samples should be sent directly to the contest Lab. The entry fee for each sample is $25 for OHFA members and non-members. Checks should be made out to the Oregon Hay and Forage Association and must be turned in with the cored hay samples and entry registration form. Additionally, one bale, of each class of hay entered, must be in place at the contest location by 9 am, TK.

2. Cored hay samples must be a representative sample of the entire lot of hay. This means that:

a. Multiple cored sub-samples (20) must be taken to make up your sample, rather than an entire flake, or a portion of a flake.

b. The inside diameter of the coring device must be no less than 3/8- inches (if you don’t have a coring device, contact your Extension office). Note the type & size of sampling device on your entry form.

c. A minimum of 20 bales must be sampled at random from each lot of hay (a lot is hay from the same cutting, variety, field, stage of maturity, and harvested within the same day). A lot should not exceed 200 tons of hay, or be less than 30 tons.

d. When sampling, probe the bale near the center, at least 12 to 18 inches into the butt end of the bale. The probe should enter horizontally at a right angle to the surface of the end of the bale. Be sure the probe doesn’t slant up, down, or sideways.

e. Combine core samples for each class entry into a single sample by combining them into a sealed freezer bag. Samples submitted with less than a quart bag full of sample may be rejected. (This equates to a minimum of about 200 grams or ½ lb or greater of sample material, if sampled properly) Do not ever try to subdivide the sample! It is impossible to subdivide the sample until it is ground. Even if you have too much, send the whole sample.

3. If there is not a minimum of 2 entries in a class of hay, the classes may not be judged, this will be at the OHFA board’s discretion. The submitter will be informed prior to the contest.

2016 Hay King Contest Entry Form

Entries Due October 30, 2016

Please include this entry form with your hay sample and entry fee.

Checks should be made payable to: Oregon Hay and Forage Association

Entry Fees: Member-- $25 Per Entry Non-Member - $25 Per Entry

Samples entered without entry fee & entry form will not be accepted!



Phone #_______________________________



Town: ______________________ State: _________________________


Core Device Used________________________________________

Inside Diameter Core Size_____________ Core Tip Size __________

Entry #

Hay Species / TypeVariety (if Known)Cutting

Cutting Date

Bale Size

Tons in Lot

Hay Species & Types (choose from the designations below to complete the first column above for each entry)

*Dairy Alfalfa - *Retail Alfalfa - Grass/Legume mix – Grass - Cereal -

Cereal/Legume (pea or vetch) - Timothy

Mail Entries to: 2015 Oregon Hay King Contest

C/O Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center
6941 Washburn Way
Klamath Falls, OR 97603

Contact for the Hay King Contest is Mylen Bohle at 541-447-6228,