Arapahoe farmer’s hay placed third in World Forage Superbowl; Wyoming hay producers grab top honors

(Casper, Wyo.)  – For the ninth 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. Arapahoe’s Harlan Fegler’s Commercial Hay entry earned third place in that division. Wyoming Business Council photo.

The World’s Forage Analysis Superbowl provides forage 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.

Six Wyoming producers competed in the Commercial Hay Division and four producers from the state competed in the Grass/Hay Division.

Kellie Hinman of Hardrock Farms from Wheatland, Wyo., was the winner of the Quality Counts category.

A Fremont County alfalfa hay field. (EO)

A Fremont County alfalfa hay field. (EO)

In the Commercial Hay Division, David Hinman of Hardrock Farms from Wheatland, Wyo., took grand champion.  Kellie Hinman with Lazy 2K Livestock in Wheatland, Wyo., was second.  Harlan Fegler of Araphahoe, Wyo., came in third; Baumgartner Properties of Yoder, Wyo., placed sixth; Harvey Farm of Riverton, Wyo., was 14th; and David Hinman placed 16th. There were 20 samples from around the country competing for winning titles in this division.

In the Grass/Hay Division, Gerry Danko of Powell, Wyo., came in second.  Anderson Livestock of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., was third; Hardrock Farms was eighth and Lazy 2K Livestock was 10th.  There were 23 total hay samples that competed in this category.

Hardrock Farms from Wheatland, Wyo., placed second in the Baleage Division, which had 10 entries.

“In addition to the international interest for our Wyoming premium alfalfa from numerous Asian representatives, we had an interest from out-of-state dairy producers looking for hay,” stated Donn Randall, Wyoming Business Council’s crop and forage program manager.  “We experienced an increase in interest from progressive Minnesota and Wisconsin dairy producers who visited our hay tent looking for forage for their dairies because their alfalfa production was lost due to a severe winter freezing. The World Dairy Expo continues to offer our Wyoming forage producers an excellent opportunity to market their alfalfa.”

Wyoming’s entries to the Superbowl were selected by having the top relative feed value at the Wyoming State Fair Hay Show. Those samples had entry fees and any necessary shipping required to send samples to the Superbowl paid for by the Wyoming Business Council’s Agribusiness Division.

For questions regarding Wyoming’s crop and forage program, please contact Randall at donn.randall@wyo.gov or307.777.6578.

The mission of the Business Council is to facilitate the economic growth of Wyoming. The Business Council, a state government agency, concentrates its efforts on providing assistance for existing Wyoming companies and start-ups, helping communities meet their development and diversification needs, and recruiting new firms and industries targeted to complement the state’s assets. For more information, please visit www.wyomingbusiness.org.

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