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This year’s World Forage Analysis Superbowl was dominated by hay growers from Wyoming, who won the overall championship as well as the commercial hay and grass hay categories. Several others were finalists and one was named grand champion first-time entrant.David Hinman of Hardrock Farms, Wheatland, accepted the top $2,500 prize for his daughter, Kellie, during an awards luncheon held yesterday at World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI. She was named world champion forage producer for a sample of 2010 fourth-cutting alfalfa that scored 356 for relative forage quality and tested 25.1% crude protein, 20.5% NDF and 56% NDF digestibility.
Her dad won the commercial hay category and Danko Farms, Powell, placed first in the new grass hay category. Bappe Farm, Riverton, was this year’s top first-time entrant.
Other category winners:
Commercial baleage – Pounder Brothers, Inc., Delavan, WI.
Dairy hay – S & B Dairy, Sigel, IL.
Dairy haylage – Corner Oak Farm, Grand Blanc, MI.
Standard dairy corn silage – Kim Leudeman, Hersey, MI.
BMR dairy corn silage – Jon Merrell, Wolcott, NY.
Sugar Creek Farms, Dansville, NY, and Valley Hill Farm, Kendall, WI, won Quality Counts awards.
This year’s contest had 398 entries from 23 states, 43% more than in 2010, and winners took home $22,000 in cash prizes.