With 345 entries from 23 states, the 29th annual World Forage Analysis Superbowl experienced another year of strong participation.
Indianhead Holsteins of Barron, Wis., was named Champion Forage Producer and received a $2,500 check from Nutrisave Forage Management Systems. Atwater Farms of Banker, N.Y., was named Champion First Time Entrant and received $1,500 from Kuhn North America.
Champion forage producers were honored on Oct. 3 at the Mycogen Seeds World Forage Analysis Superbowl Awards Luncheon, held at World Dairy Expo. In total, over $22,000 in cash prizes were awarded to contest winners. Other champions include:
Rainbow’s End Dairy - Waldo, Wis.
Division Sponsor: W-L Research
Tim Mater - Deckerville, Mich.
Division Sponsor: Ag-Bag
Dairy Corn Silage
Standard Sunrise Lake Farm - Cuba City, Wis.
Division Sponsor: Kent Nutrition Group
Co-Vista Holsteins - Arcade, N.Y.
Division Sponsor: Mycogen Seeds
Grass Hay Pounder
Bros Inc. - Delavan, Wis.
Division Sponsor: Barenbrug USA
Lazy 2K Farm - Wheatland, Wyo.
Division Sponsor: Bridon Cordage
Heatherstone Enterprises - Baraboo, Wis.
Division Sponsor: Agri-King
Quality Counts Awards
Corn Silage - Merrell Farms Inc. - Wolcott, N.Y. – Division Sponsor: Croplan Genetics
Alfalfa/Grass - Dee’s Dairy Inc. - Morgan, Utah – Division Sponsor: Croplan Genetics
The first place entrant in each category received a check for $1,500. Second place winners received $500, third place were awarded $250, and $100 was given to fourth place finishers. Quality Counts Awards reward quality forage production; however, the criteria for selection are unknown to contestants at the time of entry. There are two categories. This year’s Corn Silage winner and the Alfalfa/Grass winner were selected based on Total Tract Digestibility. Croplan Genetics presented each of the Quality Counts winners with a $1000 cash prize.
The World Forage Analysis Superbowl (WFAS) invites growers from across the United States and Canada to send their best samples in either dairy or commercial divisions. Dairy samples are judged on lab analysis (60%), visual judging (20%), herd production information (10%), 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, Wis., tested the samples.
The WFAS provides a unique opportunity for World Dairy Expo visitors to view quality forage entries, hear forage experts speak about forage production and milk profitability, and ask questions about forage research. All Forage Tool Box seminars have been approved for credit with the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS). Find a complete list of seminars at www.foragesuperbowl.org.
Generous sponsors and capable volunteers make WFAS possible. Organizing partners include AgSource Cooperative Services, DairyBusiness Communications, Hay and Forage Grower/Penton Media, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, University of Wisconsin College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and World Dairy Expo.
Top Five Placings From Each Category
Dairy Hay – Sponsored by W-L Research
1st Place – Rainbow’s End Dairy, Waldo, Wisconsin
2nd Place – Greg Sebold, Dorchester, Wisconsin
3rd Place – Linnemeier Farms of Fort Wayne, Indiana
4th Place – Railane Holsteins, Scandinavia, Wisconsin
5th Place – Dee’s Dairy Inc., Morgan, Utah
Dairy Haylage – Sponsored by Ag-Bag
1st Place – Tim Mater of Deckerville, Michigan
2nd Place – Tim Busch of Cecil, Wisconsin
3rd Place – Sellent Dairy Farms of Almena, Wisconsin
4th Place – Hickory Gables of Hickory Corners, Michigan
5th Place – Leroy Bazuin of Tustin, Michigan
Dairy Corn Silage (Brown Midrib [BMR]) – Sponsored by Mycogen Seeds
1st Place – Co-Vista Holsteins of Arcade, New York
2nd Place – Rich Ro North of St Johns, Michigan
3rd Place – Trierweiler Dairy Inc., of Portland, Michigan
4th Place – Merrell Farms Inc. of Wolcott, New York
5th Place – Clark Dairy Farm of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Dairy Corn Silage (Standard) – Sponsored by Kent Nutrition Group
1st Place – Sunrise Lake Farm, Cuba City, Wis.
2nd Place – Steinhaus Ponderosa, Leroy, Michigan
3rd Place – Ben Fischer of Greensfork, Indiana
4th Place – Emmons Dairy Farm in Chesterfield, Ohio
5th Place – Brunswick Dairy Farm of St. Henry, Ohio
Commercial Hay – Sponsored by Bridon Cordage
1st Place – Lazy 2K Farm, Wheatland, Wyoming
2nd Place – Hardrock Farms, Wheatland, Wyoming
3rd Place – Ervin Gara, Torrington, Wyoming
4th Place – Wyoming Hay Busters, Torrington, Wyoming
5th Place – Harvey Klindt, Bettendorf, Iowa
Commercial Baleage – Sponsored by Agri-King
1st Place – Heatherstone Enterprises, Baraboo, Wisconsin
2nd Place – Kendall Guither, Walnut, Illinois
3rd Place – R&R Swiss Farm, Lakeville, Ohio
4th Place – Samuel Fisher, Marshall, Indiana
5th Place – Beers Rebo Holsteins LLC, Mascoutah, Illinois
Grass Hay – Sponsored by Barenbrug USA
1st Place – Pounder Bros Inc., Delavan, Wisconsin
2nd Place – Olson Farms of Lena, Wisconsin
3rd Place – Gerry Danko, Powell, Wyoming
4th Place – Welschs Bale in Bag, Mitchell, Nebraska
5th Place – Lazy 2K Farm, Wheatland, Wyoming
Photos of the 2012 winners and entry forms for the 2013 World Forage Analysis Superbowl will be available at www.foragesuperbowl.org.