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PROGRESSIVE EVENTS: 2009 World’s Forage Analysis Superbowl

Darren Olsen and Karen Lee Published on 11 November 2009

More than 320 entries from 25 states competed for top honors and over $17,000 in cash prizes at the 26th annual World’s Forage Analysis Superbowl held in conjunction with World Dairy Expo.

The shift from equipment leases to all-cash prizes saw an increase of nearly 100 entrants from 2008, creating one of the largest set of entries in years.

The 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.

Dairy samples are judged on lab analysis (60 percent), visual judging (30 percent) and calculated milk per ton (10 percent). Commercial entries are judged on lab analysis (70 percent) and visual judging (30 percent).

Visual judging consists of analyzing the color, texture, maturity and leafiness, depending on the category. In addition to the samples on display, World Dairy Expo attendees are also provided the opportunity to hear forage experts speak about production and milk profitability and ask questions about forage research.  FG

Captions for photos in folder:

1 - World Dairy Expo attendees take a few minutes to look at the top entries in each category for the World’s Forage Analysis Superbowl.

2 - Audience members prepare to listen to the latest presentation at the Dairy Forage Tool Box presented by the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center.

3 - Attendees take a break from all the action at the Superbowl and World Dairy Expo.

2009 Winners
The following individuals were recognized September 30th at the awards luncheon held at World Dairy Expo.

Dairy hay
1 – Karl Wogsland Scandinavia, Wisconsin
2 – David Olson Lena, Wisconsin
3 – Frank Ott Jr. Remington, Virginia
4 – Andy Bruggeman St. Henry, Ohio
5 – Benjamin Fisher Jr. Greens Fork, Indiana

Dairy haylage
1 – Cross Farms LLC Oshkosh, Wisconsin
2 – Kennard Wagner Manitowoc, Wisconsin
3 – Sand Creek Dairy LLC Hastings, Michigan
4 – AW Holsteins Milroy, Indiana
5 – Mike Wegener Clintonville, Wisconsin

Dairy corn silage (standard)
1 – Mike McNamara Emerald, Wisconsin
2 – Mark and Angela Brown Dodgeville, Wisconsin
3 – S&B Dairy Sigel, Illinois
4 – Gernaat Dairy LLC Falmouth, Michigan
5 – Vista Grande Farm Fleetwood, Pennsylvania

Dairy corn silage (brown midrib (BMR))
1– Steiner Farms Sterling, Ohio
2 – Michael Brubaker Mt. Joy, Pennsylvania
3 – Holme’s Acres Farm New Woodstock, New York
4 – Wilwerding Dairy Freeport, Minnesota
5 – Mulligan Dairy Avon, New York

Commercial hay
1 – Ervin Gara Torrington, Wyoming
2 – Danny Decker Cortez, Colorado
3 – Josh and Gretchen Kamps Belmont, Wisconsin
4 – Daniel and Ruth Kamps Darlington, Wisconsin
5 – Randy McGee Dalou, Texas

Commercial balage
1 – Daniel and Ruth Kamps Darlington, Wisconsin
2 – Kendall Guither Walnut, Illinois
3 – Haag Family Dairy Reedsburg, Wisconsin
4 – Josh and Gretchen Kamps Belmont, Wisconsin
5 – Mike Lauwers Capac, Michigan

Photos of the winners and entry forms for the 2010 World’s Forage Analysis Superbowl are available at www.worlddairyexpo.com/sem.superbowl.cfm

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