The 26th Annual Forage Analysis Superbowl winners were announced this week at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. This year, more than 320 entries from 25 states competed for top honors and more than $17,000 in cash prizes.

South Town Dairy Farm, South New Berlin, N.Y. was named Grand Champion and received $2,000 from Kuhn North American Farm Machinery, Inc.

 David Sensening of Platteville, Wis., was named Champion First Time Entrant and received $500.

Other champions include:

  • Karl and Barb Wogsland of Scandinavia, Wis., for Dairy Hay. This category was sponsored by Syngenta.
  • Cross Farms LLC, Oshkosh, Wis., for Dairy Haylage. This category was sponsored by Kent Feeds.
  • Mike McNamara, Emerald, Wis., for Dairy Corn Silage (standard). This category was sponsored by Ag-Bag.
  • Steiner Farms, Sterling, Ohio, for Dairy Corn Silage (brown mid-rib). This category was sponsored by Mycogen Seeds.
  • Ervin Gara 3, Torrington, Wyo., for Commercial Hay. This category was sponsored by Bridon Cordage. 
  • Daniel and Ruth Kamp, Darlington, Wis., for Commercial Baleage. This category was sponsored by W-L Research.

Dairy samples are judged on lab analysis, visual judging and calculated milk per ton. Commercial samples are judged on lab analysis and visual judging. Visual judging consists of analyzing the color, texture, maturity and leafiness, depending on the category. Each first-place winner received $1,500.

This year, Quality Counts categories were added to the contest. David Sensening of Platteville, was named the will for Corn Silage Quality Counts and Meggie Waltz of Glen Haven, Wis., was named winner of the Quality Counts for Alfalfa/Grass. Each winner received $1,000.

Photos of the winners, as well as entry forms for next year’s contest are available here.