Grass Hay being baled near Lander this fall. (Ernie Over photo)
(Casper, Wyo.) – Producers from around the state earned winning titles recently for their premium hay at the Wyoming State Fair Hay Show.
Producers competed in the Open Hay Show, sponsored by the Wyoming Business Council Agribusiness Division, in three forage divisions: alfalfa, mixed hay, grass hay.
Grand Champion titles by division went to:
- Grand Champion – David Hinman, Hardrock Farms, Wheatland, Wyo
- Mixed Hay
- Grand Champion – David Hinman, Hardrock Farms, Wheatland, Wyo.
- Grass Hay
- Grand Champion – Dwayne Anderson, Pine Bluffs, Wyo.
Hinman also won the Best of Show and Premier Hay Exhibitor titles, which recognizes the exhibitor who has the most entries placing the highest among all four divisions.
Final placement in each class was determined by using forage analysis results examined by Ward Laboratory in Kearney, Neb., as well as the physical appearance of each sample. The contest was judged by Dr. Anowar Islam from the University of Wyoming. The four most important values in the chemical analysis are: relative feed value (RFV) score, crude protein, total digestible nutrient (TDN ) percentage and relative feed quality score. The physical qualities of a forage sample must contain a bright green color, soft stems and leaves, excellent leaf retention in the sample and be obviously free of any mold, weeds and any other foreign objects.
Additionally, the Business Council will forward several entries on to the World’s Forage Analysis Superbowl at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., Sept. 31-Oct. 5. Those include:
- David Hinman, Kellie Hinman and Hard Rock Farms – Wheatland, Wyo.
- Harlan Fegler – Araphahoe, Wyo.
- Robert Baumgartner – Yoder, Wyo.
- David Hinman – Wheatland, Wyo.
- Dwayne Anderson – Pine Bluffs, Wyo.
- Gerry Danko – Powell, Wyo.
- Anderson Livestock – Pine Bluffs, Wyo.
Wyoming producers have won or placed extremely high in the commercial hay division at the World Dairy Expo for the last several years.