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Heerih Priergaana-Petersen, of Te Anau, won the swede-growing competition as part of the Te Anau Lions Club Hay and Baleage Competition.. Photo Julie Walls

EXCEPTIONAL growing conditions for hay and baleage ensured a “good number of entries” in the Te Anau Lions Club Hay and Baleage Competition and Sale.

The event has been held annually for the past two years, but previous dry summers had put hay in short supply.

This year’s event included 110 bales of lucerne and baleage, which was judged by Steve James and Jock Burgess for the baleage, and Phil Denny and Kevin Woolhouse for the hay, at Tony and Anne Buchanan’s property last Friday.

The average price paid for bales was about $70 for lucerne and $65 for baleage, with $8000 raised for Fiordland Local Youth Groups and Hospice Southland.

The competition also included a swede growing competition based on weight, which was won by Heerih Priergaana-Petersen, of Te Anau.

Paul Ruddenklau was the baleage champion.

Competition spokesman Gary Kirkman said it was a great day.

“Everyone went home with a prize and [the event] was well supported.”

It was hoped the event would be held again next year.

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