Oct 8, 2015 - From staff reportsWyoming hay producers continued their winning ways last week at the 2015 World's Forage Analysis Superbowl at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.
Harlan Fegler, of Fegler Farms in Arapahoe, won the Commercial Hay Division.
"This is the largest dairy show in the world," stated Scott Keith, livestock genetics program manager for the Wyoming Business Council, in a press release. "This has opened whole new markets and created awareness about Wyoming hay."
The winner gets a $1,500 check, Keith added, but the recognition is the big driver behind the competition. Wyoming hay producers routinely win or place high at the event.
The Business Council's Agribusiness Division pays the entrance fees for the top five producers from the Wyoming State Fair Hay Show, but approximately 20 producers from around the state receive exposure in Wisconsin.
Judges determine winners by looking at the hay's protein content, how digestible it is and how much milk cattle can produce after eating the hay.
"Dairy farmers want to be more efficient, so they are looking for the most efficient hay," Keith said.
Wyoming hay has proved its worth in the last decade. The Forage Analysis Superbowl has opened markets for the state's hay producers in places like Texas and Colorado, Keith explained.
In all, six Wyoming producers placed in the Commercial Hay and Grass Hay divisions this year.
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