Host family and farm
The host farm for the 2007 expo is
Top Deck Holsteins, owned by Roger Decker and sons Jason, Derek
and Justin. The Deckers farm 1,750 acres, milk 650 dairy cows
and raise 700 dairy heifers. Their operation has a unique
feature of producing electricity for Alliant Energy, using
methane digesting equipment. Their operation also includes a
manure separator system that produces a dried manure byproduct
which is recycled and used as cattle bedding. These equipment
and facilities are located on the farmstead directly adjacent to
the show activities.
A grand hay event
The Hay Expo is designed to give alfalfa, other hay and
forage producers an intensive, one-stop learning and shopping
opportunity focusing on the latest equipment and techniques for
high-quality production. The event is set to feature an expert
lineup of hay and forage production specialists, plus an
extensive array of equipment and in-field demonstrations.
Exhibits and field demonstrations
A 10-acre exhibit field will display exhibits from the major
and short-line hay and forage equipment manufacturers, seed,
building and storage facility suppliers, and numerous related
product suppliers. Exhibitors plan to showcase balers, disc
mower conditioner, tedders, rakes, telehandlers, bale stackers,
forage seed and more.
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More than 200 acres of alfalfa will showcase mowing, conditioning,
baling and silage demonstrations. Visitors will see side-by-side
operational comparisons of the various equipment brands in the field
"The location is well-situated for field and
equipment demonstrations and to host our exhibitors' significant hay
industry displays," said Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national shows
manager. "We're very pleased to be working with the Deckers and to
have the opportunity to add a top-notch dairy aspect to our 2007
The 2007 Farm Progress Hay Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 20 and 21. The show site is located just west of Westgate,
Iowa, on County Road C33. Admission is free; parking is $5 per
vehicle. The public is welcome.
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For more information, call 866-264-7469 or visit
Progress Hay Expo news release]