Ira Black earns Grand Champion honors at annual Ag Workers Hay Show
From Staff Reports

When it came to making hay while the sun shined, Ira Black was the king this year.

Black walked away with both the Grand Champion and third place entries in the Hopkins County Professional Ag Workers Association's annual Hay Show when the winners were announced Thursday.

The association's annual show brings out a veritable who's who in the Hopkins County agribusiness industry, and with good reason. Hay may seem like simple livestock forage, but in a county that long has ranked among the state's best in agriculture production, it plays an important role in both dairy and beef cattle production.

Despite one of the worst droughts in the area's history, the hay show brought out a bevy of entries from local producers— 30, to be exact, a little less than double the 17 samples submitted in 2005.

Auctioneer Don Sapaugh sold the top 11 bales at auction.

Ira Black's first and third place entries claimed the $100 and $25 cash prizes, while Koyt Koon's Reserve Champion bale earned the second-place prize award of $50. Black's Grand Champion bale was purchased at auction by Alliance Bank, while City National Bank purchased Koon's second-place bale. Guaranty Bond Bank won the auction for Ira Black's other prize-winning entry.

Marlon Webb submitted the fourth- and fifth-place bales which were purchased at auction, respectively, by State Rep. Mark Homer and Legacy Ag Credit.

Don Smith submitted the sixth-place bale, which was purchased byFeeders Supply. Charles Mc Daniel submitted the seventh-place bale, purchased by Northeast Texas Farmers Co-op.

The eighth place bale was submitted by Jace Orren and was bought by Bartley Auctions. The ninth place bale was submitted by Marilyn Smith and was bought by Northeast Texas Farmers Co-op Smith also had the 11th-place hay entry, which was purchased by Gober-Merrell Chevrolet Buick GMC. Jimmy Winfrey submitted the 10th-place bale of hay, which Community Bank and Dairyland Automation teamed up to purchase at auction.

Members of the Hopkins CountyProfessional Ag Workers Association offered a word of thanks to all the producers who entered hay samples, and an even bigger "thank you" to all the buyers, whose generosity help enable the Professional Ag Workers to support the growth of agriculture in Hopkins County.

For more information about Professional Ag Workers Association, contact Hopkins County Agriculture Extension Agent Larry Spradlin at 903-885-3443.

The Hopkins County Professional Ag Workers annual Hay Show held recently had 30 entries from area producers.   The top 3 bales received cash prizes of $100.00 for 1st place, $50.00 for 2nd place, and $25.00 for 3rd place.

Ira Black submitted the Grand Champion bale that was bought by Alliance Bank. 

Koyt Koon submitted the Reserve Champion bale. City National Bank bought this bale. Ira Black also submitted the Third Place bale with Guaranty Bond Bank buying it.

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