1st Place - Tony Borba Dairy, Tony Borba, Jr., Escalon, CA
2nd Place - Barreto & Silveira, Jared Silveira, Hanford, CA
3rd Place - Rynsburger Dairy, John Martin, Strathmore, CA
Farmers and ranchers from 11 western states were invited to enter the competition. Entries were judged in three categories: alfalfa hay, standard corn silage and brown mid-rib (BMR) corn silage. Cash prizes were awarded based on forage lab analyses, along with a visual evaluation of the entries by experts in dairy nutrition and forage production.
"High-quality forage is an important tool in our agriculturalist's toolbox," says Lee Coito, 2011 World Ag Expo Chairman. "This challenge not only provides a competitive venue for our growers, but also provides an educational forum for those interested in learning how to grow higher quality forages."
The 44th annual World Ag Expo, Tools for Agri-Business, will run February 8-10 at the International Agri-Center show grounds in Tulare, Calif. An estimated 100,000 visitors from 72 countries are expected to attend World Ag Expo. The expo is the largest annual agricultural show of its kind with 1,500 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of show grounds.