A photo of Jersey cows gazing from a pasture fenceline during a beautiful, blue-sky day was the winner of the First-Ever Hay & Forage Grower Photo Contest. Entitled "Curious," the photo was the favorite of World Dairy Expo goers in early October.

It and the second-place finisher, of a mare and her foal, were both taken by Marti Day, North Carolina State University Extension dairy agent out of Rougemont.

"I farm a bit on the side – mostly so my kids learn how to work!" wrote Day when she submitted several photos for the contest. Her key to taking winning shots: "Good subjects make good photos," she added. She was awarded a $200 gift certificate.

Eight finalists from photos submitted were selected by Hay & Forage Grower staff members in late September. Those photos, displayed at Hay & Forage Grower's booth at World Dairy Expo, were voted on by attendees Oct. 4-8.

The photo of an Angus cow enjoying a mouthful of hay earned third place and was taken by Joe Bob Whitaker out of Olney, TX. The fourth-place finisher, of three children holding hands in an alfalfa field, was from Sarah Smith, Yerington, NV.

The other four finalists were Rich Radtke, Kerkhoven, MN, for his photo of two bulls in battle; Christopher Geralds, Munfordville, KY, for his baling photo; Kris Preston, Salvisa, KY, for an early morning photo of fog rising behind a round bale; and Clay Dell, Duluth, GA, for a colorful shot of a square bale of straw.

To see the finalists' photos, visit our Facebook page.