Bartow County farmer Harry J. Pugliese won the 2012 Georgia Farm Bureau Quality Hay Contest.



Pugliese, who runs Pugliese Farms in Kingston, submitted coastal bermudagrass for the contest and earned a relative forage quality (RFQ) score of 135.4.

Pugliese has placed in the top 10 in the contest multiple times, including one second-place finish.

He grows hay on 200 acres to support his livestock herd of beef cattle and horses. He also sells hay to horse, goat and cattle owners. 



Pugliese has a bachelor's degree in general agriculture from Berry College. He and his wife Ellen have been married 46 years. They have two sons, Paul and David, one daughter, Victoria Martin, and five grandchildren.

Pugliese serves as Bartow County Farm Bureau vice-president.



As the top prize winner in the hay contest, Pugliese receives a year's use of a Vermeer trailed mower with the option to purchase it at a reduced price at the end of the year. 



Wes Pope of Troup County placed second with his submission of Russell hay, achieving an RFQ score of 126.7.

William Sumner of Laurens County was third, submitting a sample of coastal hay with an RFQ of 124.3.

Paul Brodie of Barrow County took fourth with his sample of coastal hay that achieved an RFQ score of 123.9.

Jeff Davis County Farm Bureau Director Jamie Tate was fifth, scoring 120.3 with his submission of Alicia hay.



The contest, which drew 49 entries from 29 counties across the state, consisted of quality analysis of hay grown by entrants, using the University of Georgia's RFQ testing method, which measures nutrient content of the hay. 



Georgia Farm Bureau sponsors the annual contest to encourage superior hay production in the state. 



Entered samples had to have nitrate levels below 4,500 parts per million to be eligible for contest prizes.

The winners were announced during the 2012 GFB Annual Meeting on Jekyll Island.

Additional information is available at http://www.gfb.org/.