Wyoming producers are champs at hay Superbowl
For the fifth year in a row, Wyoming producers have won or placed extremely high in the World’s Forage Analysis Superbowl at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.
The World’s Forage Analysis Superbowl provides growers from across the United States and Canada an opportunity to vie for forage awards by entering their high quality samples in a dairy or commercial division.
Wyoming producers competed in the Commercial Hay Division with over 40 producers from the U.S.
Ervin Gara of Torrington, Wyo., took first place in the Commercial Hay Division. Gara also won $1,500 for his fourth-cutting alfalfa entry, and will receive an additional $1,000 from NK Seed Company for using a variety of NK’s alfalfa. Gara was the overall grand champion forage winner in 2006, and placed fifth in Commercial Hay in 2008.
Also receiving high marks was David Hinman of Hardrock Farms, of Wheatland, Wyo., who placed sixth; Gerry Danko, of Powell, Wyo., in eighth; and Mike Neves, of Burlington Wyo., in 13th.
Wyoming’s entries to the Superbowl were selected by having the top relative feed value at the Wyoming State Fair Hay Show in the extreme alfalfa class. The winners of this class had entry fees and any necessary postage required to send samples to the Superbowl paid for by the Wyoming Business Council’s Agribusiness Division.
“The display at the World Dairy Expo this year was once again an exhibit of high quality alfalfa, mixed hay and grass hays from all around Wyoming,” said Scott Keith, Livestock and Forage Program manager for the Wyoming Business Council’s Agribusiness Division. “Producers have already received calls from
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