Fuchs Kerfeld Dairy, Albany, Minn., took Grand Champion honors and was awarded a $3,000 check for its haylage entry in the World Forage Analysis Superbowl. The cash award, presented to producers Doug and Sandy Kerfeld by NutriSave Forage Management System, was one of many recognizing top-quality forage entries in the annual contest.
More than $22,000 in cash prizes were awarded to top-finishing producers. Producers submitted 321 entries in seven forage categories, representing 17 states. The winners were announced Oct. 2 at the World Forage Analysis Superbowl Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Mycogen Seeds, at World Dairy Expo.
The Grand Champion First-Time Entrant cash award of $1,500 went to Ed Byers Dairy, Enon Valley, PA. The prize money came from Kuhn North America. Champions of the seven forage categories, and their sponsors, include:
||S Y Dairy||Guthrie, Ky.||W-L Research|
|Dairy Corn Silage
||Tully, N.Y.||Blue River Hybrids|
|BMR||Holmes Acres||New Woodstock, N.Y.||Mycogen Seeds|
||Rosedale Genetics||Oxford, Wis.||Barenbrug USA|
|Commercial Hay||Hardrock Farms||Wheatland, Wyo.
|Commercial Baleage||Olson Farms||Lena, Wis.||Agri-King|
|Quality Counts Awards||
|Hay/Haylage||Lazy 2K Livestock
||Wheatland, Wyo.||Croplan Genetics|
|Corn Silage||TomBeth Farms||Gays Mills, Wis.
Each category’s top finisher received $1,500. Second-place winners received $500; third-place, $250; and fourth-place winners, $100 each. Quality Counts Awards reward quality forage production; however, the criteria for selection are unknown to contestants at the time of entry. This year’s Hay/Haylage and Corn Silage winners were selected based on total tract digestibility. Croplan Genetics presented each winner with $1,000. Additional support was provided by the National Hay Association and NEXGROW alfalfa, as Silver Sponsors.
Growers from across the U.S. and Canada were invited to send their best samples in either dairy or commercial divisions. Dairy samples are judged on lab analysis (60%), visual judging (30%), and calculated milk per ton (10%). Commercial entries are judged on lab analysis (70%) and visual judging (30%). Visual judging consists of analyzing the color, texture, maturity and leafiness, depending on the category. Dairyland Laboratories, located in DePere, WI, tested the samples.