Results Are in for World Ag Expo Forage Challenge

February 13, 2013 03:38 AM

A total of $18,000 in cash prizes was awarded to winners Tuesday.

Source: World Ag Expo

Tulare, Calif. - A total of $18,000 in cash prizes was awarded on Feb. 12, 2013, to winners of the 2013 World Ag Expo Forage Challenge, presented by Mycogen Seeds. Finalists were chosen from more than 90 entries submitted from the western U.S.

The competition challenged farmers to enter and see who produced the highest-quality forage in the West. Samples of the finalists' entries will be on display in World Ag Expo's Hospitality Center on East Greenbelt and Median Street.

Lallemand Animal Nutrition North America sponsored $18,000 in contest awards and prizes. First place winners in all three categories received $3,000; second place winners were awarded $2,000 and $1,000 was given to third place winners.

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.

2013 World Ag Expo Forage Challenge winners:

Alfalfa Hay
1st Place - David Hinman, Hardrock Farms Inc., Wheatland, Wyo.
2nd Place - Daryl Tiltrum, Dipper Tree Sheep LLC, Wheatland, Wyo.
3rd Place - Rick and Kim Perigo, Valiant Penny Hay Co., Lun, Nev.

Corn Silage BMR
1st Place - Jake Bosma, Bosma Milk Co. Tipton, Calif.
2nd Place - Mike Barcellos, Monster Dairy, Newman, Calif.
3rd Place - Tony Louters, Tony Louters Dairy, Merced, Calif.

Corn Silage Non-BMR
1st Place - Dino Giacomazzi, Giocomazzi Dairy/Farms, Hanford, Calif.
2nd Place - Kelly Callahan, Royal Turf Farms, Royal City, Wash.
3rd Place - Bert Weststeyn, Weststeyn Dairy, Linden, Calif.

The International Agri-Center is home to World Ag Expo, Feb. 12-14, 2013 in Tulare, Calif. An estimated annual average of 100,000 individuals from 70 countries attend World Ag Expo each year. The Expo is the largest annual agricultural show of its kind with 1,400 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of show grounds. 

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