Doug and Sandy Kerfeld’s Dairyland HybriForce 2420 haylage entry took Grand Champion honors in the World Forage Analysis Superbowl. Fuchs Kerfeld Dairy, with its 110-cow Holstein herd near Albany, MN, produced a sample with a relative forage quality score of 298 and took home a $3,000 check.
A total of 321 entries in seven forage categories represented 17 states in the contest, where more than $22,000 in cash prizes were awarded to top finishers. Winners were announced Oct. 2 at the World Forage Analysis Superbowl Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Mycogen Seeds, at World Dairy Expo.
Ed Byers Dairy, Enon Valley, PA, was named Grand Champion First-Time Entrant with a cash award of $1,500. Other top winners in each category were:
Dairy Hay: 1st place, S Y Dairy, Guthrie, KY; 2nd, Srnka Farms LLC, Algoma, WI; 3rd, Dee’s Dairy Inc., Morgan, UT; 4th, Karl & Barb Wogsland, Scandinavia, WI; 5th, Rosedale Genetics Ltd., Oxford, WI.
Dairy Haylage: 1st, Gregg Troyer, Dalton, OH; 2nd, Ever-Green-View, Waldo, WI; 3rd, Devin Haywood, Hastings, MI; 4th, Baker’s Golden Dairy, New Waterford, Ohio; 5th, Heatherstone Enterprises, Baraboo, WI.
Standard Corn Silage: 1st, Doody Farm, Tully, NY; 2nd, Maynard Lehman, La Grange, IN; 3rd, Vander Made Dairy, Sherwood, OH; 4th; Vista Grande Farms LLC, Fleetwood, PA; 5th, Emmons Farms, Fayette, OH.
BMR Corn Silage: 1st, Holmes Acres, New Woodstock, NY; 2nd, White Eagle Farms LLC, Hamilton, NY; 3rd, Indianhead Holsteins Ltd, Barron, WI; 4th, Tayl-Wind Farm, Cassville, NY; 5th, Pankow Farm, Castile, NY.
Commercial Hay: 1st, Hardrock Farms, Wheatland, WY; 2nd, Lazy 2K Livestock, Wheatland, WY; 3rd, Harlan Fegler, Arapahoe, MI; 4th, Berney Ranch Inc., Okanogan, WA; 5th, Lee Erickson, Mountain Lake, MN.
Baleage: 1st, Olson Farms, Lena, WI; 2nd, Hardrock Farms, Wheatland, WY; 3rd, Beer’s Robo Holsteins LLC, Mascoutah, IL; 4th, Leroy Yoder, Topeka, IN; 5th, Nick Wallace, Keystone, IA.
Grass Hay: 1st, Rosedale Genetics Ltd., Oxford, WI; 2nd, Gerry Danko, Powell, WY; 3rd, Anderson Livestock, Pine Bluffs, WY; 4th, Flat Rock Seed, Flat Rock, IN; 5th, Gryphon Ranch, Rochester, WA.
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Quality Counts awards, based on total-tract digestibility, were won by Lazy 2K Livestock, Wheatland, WY, for its hay-haylage entry, and TomBeth Farms, Gays Mills, WI, for its corn silage entry.
Cash-prize sponsors were NutriSave Forage Management System, Kuhn North America, W-L Research, Ag-Bag, Blue River Hybrids, Mycogen Seeds, Barenbrug USA, Bridon Cordage, Agri-King and Croplan Genetics. Additional support came from the National Hay Association and Nexgrow.
Organizing Superbowl partners include DairyBusiness Communications; Dairyland Laboratories, Inc.; Hay & Forage Grower; U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center; University of Wisconsin-Madison; and World Dairy Expo.
View our photo gallery: 2013 World Forage Analysis Superbowl Winners.
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