A total of 343 samples from 17 different states comprised the field of entries for this year’s 38th World Forage Analysis Superbowl. The highest placing samples were on display last week at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.
Herrington Farms Inc., Troy, N.Y., submitted this year’s Grand Champion Forage entry, which was sponsored by Kemin Animal Nutrition & Health. It was entered in the Brown Midrib (BMR) Corn Silage category and had a neutral detergent fiber digestibility (NDFD30) of 75.2% and a milk per ton value of 4,202.
The Grand Champion First-Time Entrant in this year’s contest was submitted by Marty Farms from Sterling, Ohio. It also was a BMR corn silage sample and had a NDFD30 of 71% and a milk per ton value of 4,175. The First-Time Entrant award was sponsored by New Holland.
Entries are evaluated based on forage analysis (70%) and visual assessment (30%). Dairyland Labs, located in DePere, Wis., performed the laboratory testing of each sample.
More than $26,000 in cash prizes was doled out to the champions and the top five placing finishers in each category.
The single metric for the Quality Counts awards changes each year and is unknown to participants at the time of sample submission. This year, the Quality Counts award in both the hay/haylage and corn silage classes were given based on the lowest undigestible NDF at 12 hours (uNDF12).
Taking home the honors in the Quality Counts hay/haylage categories was Legacy Farms from Shell Lake, Wis. Their mixed/grass haylage entry had a uNDF12 of 7.93%. The sponsor for this award was Croplan by Winfield.
In the corn silage classes, the Quality Counts award went to Kensington Farms from Martinsburg, Penn. Their BMR corn silage entry had a uNDF12 of 14.73%. The award was sponsored by SiloStop.
Organizing partners for the 2021 contest were Dairyland Laboratories Inc., Hay & Forage Grower, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and World Dairy Expo.
Monetary support was provided by Brevant seeds as a Platinum Sponsor.
Additional funds were provided by Micro Technologies, Passion Ag Inc., and Provimi. Individual category sponsors are listed below. All photos were taken by Harlen Persinger.
Grand Champion Forage Producer
Sponsored by Kemin Animal Nutrition & Health
Sponsored by Agri-King Inc.
1st Place – Jenks Jerseys, Marathon, Wis.
2nd Place – Denmar Acres, Greenleaf, Wis.
3rd Place – Eric Speltz, Altura, Minn.
4th Place – Coulee Crest LLC, Cashton, Wis.
5th Place – Freysbush Dairy LLC, Fort Plain, N.Y.
Champion Commercial Hay
Sponsored by Nexgrow Alfalfa
1st Place – Hardrock Farms Inc., Wheatland, Wyo.
2nd Place – Carlson Brothers Farm, Jewell, Iowa
3rd Place – Little Hay Company, Wilsonville, Neb.
4th Place – Calvin Carlson, Jewell, Iowa
5th Place – Lazy 2K Livestock, Wheatland, Wyo.
Champion Dairy Hay
Sponsored by W-L Research
1st Place – Olson Farms, Lena, Wis.
2nd Place – Donald and Nancy Hasselquist, Osceola, Wis.
3rd Place – Mark Rueth, Oxford, Wis.
4th Place – E & A Milkers, Sigourney, Iowa
5th Place – Schroeder Farms, Odebolt, Iowa
Champion Grass Hay
Sponsored by Barenbrug USA
1st Place – Cozy Nook Farm, Waukesha, Wis.
2nd Place – Lazy 2K Livestock, Wheatland, Wyo.
3rd Place – Hardrock Farms Inc., Wheatland, Wyo.
4th Place – Donald and Nancy Hasselquist, Osceola, Wis.
5th Place – Stefan Hay Company, North Collins, N.Y.
Champion Alfalfa Haylage
Sponsored by Ag-Bag by RCI
1st Place – Todd Mark, Elmwood, Wis.
2nd Place – Opportunity Acres, Lena, Wis.
3rd Place – Ciolkosz Dairy, Thorp, Wis.
4th Place – Mike Redetzke, Colby, Wis.
5th Place – Sand Creek Dairy, Hastings, Mich.
Champion Mixed/Grass Haylage
Sponsored by Lallemand Animal Nutrition
1st Place – Opportunity Acres, Lena, Wis.
2nd Place – Morning View Dairy LLC, Merrill, Wis.
3rd Place – Leuer Dairy, Oconto, Wis.
4th Place – Legacy Farms, Shell Lake, Wis.
5th Place – Four Cubs Farm, Grantsburg, Wis.
Champion Standard Corn Silage
Sponsored by Scherer Inc.
1st Place – Egan Family Dairy, Omro, Wis.
2nd Place – Herrington Farms Inc., Troy, N.Y.
3rd Place – Jenson Family Farms, Elk Mound, Wis.
4th Place – Enos Lehman, Chambersburg, Pa.
5th Place – Olson Farms, Lena, Wis.
Champion BMR Corn Silage
Sponsored by Brevant Seeds
1st Place – Rothlisberger Dairy, Upper Sandusky, Ohio
2nd Place – Larry Doody, Tully, N.Y.
3rd Place – Old Acres Farms, Perry, N.Y.
4th Place – Conrad Farms, Grafton, Ohio
5th Place – Harold Zimmerman, Shiloh, Ohio
Champion First-time Entrant
Sponsored by New Holland
Quality Counts Hay/Haylage
Sponsored by Croplan by Winfield
Quality Counts Corn Silage
Sponsored by Silostop