How do I learn about making a better quality hay? Where can I find cattle handling equipment? Do you ever ask these questions? If so, you will want to be at the Eastern North Carolina Hay Day on Thursday, June 22.

This event came about because of the growth of the horse and livestock industry, that in turn, has increased the need for good quality hay and pastures. So attending this event will give up-to-date information about making hay and will showcase some of the cattle handling equipment available in the area.

Cooperative Extension offices receive many calls concerning how and when to make hay, what difference there is in the equipment available and concerns about producing a quality product. Questions like these have increased the popularity of the bi-annual event, now in its 6th year.

The Hay Day will be a one-day event on June 22, 2006 at the King Farm near Farmville. Directions to the farm: Exit Hwy 264 on Wesley Church Rd. Go about 2 miles north to Hwy 121. Go one mile north to Seven Springs Rd and turn left. Go one mile and turn left on King's Farm Rd. The farm is located on the right.

This is a new location for the event, but offers lots of display space for the educational booths and cattle handling equipment.

The agenda for the day begins at 9:30 a.m. with registration. At 10:00 a.m. the dealers will demonstrate their cutters, conditioners, tedders and rakes by actually harvesting some of the crop.

At 11:00 a.m. two presentations will be made that will address Alternative Hay Crops and an Update on Animal Legislation. Richard Lichtenwalner will address the hay crops and Bundy Plyler will discuss the legislative issues.

These presentations will be followed by demonstrations of the cattle equipment. After these events, a sponsored lunch is available.

After lunch the grass will be baled, wrapped or bagged. In addition to baling the hay cut that morning, there will be dry hay on the ground available for baling as well.

Several allied industries will have displays on hand.

If you have questions or need more details, contact the committee member nearest you: Gerda Rhodes (252-793-2163), Jeff Copeland (252-426-5428), Ralph Blalock (252-641-7815), Al Cochran (252-792-2621), Walter Earle (252-237-0111), or Phillip Rowan (252-757-2801).

The event has applied for credit hours for animal waste operators. Come join us on Thursday, June 22.