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MADISON High quality
forages, some of them supporting
more than 2,500 pounds of milk per
ton of dry matter fed, took top
honors at the WORLD’S FIRST
Forage Analysis SUPERBOWL.
The contest was held in con
junction with World Dairy Expo.
The winning hay entry, sub
mitted by Raymond Berner,
Seymour, lA, had a crude protein
(CP) of 24.4 percent, acid
detergent fiber (ADF) of 26.5
percent, neutral detergent fiber
(NDF) of 36.6 percent and dry
matter digestibility of 68 percent.
With his winning entry, Berner
receives one year’s free use of a
Sperry New Holland Model 999
Dave Koester, Dakota, 11, won
the haylage division with an entry
that contained 22.5 percent CP, 23.4
percent ADF, 32.3 percent NDF
and had a dry matter digestibility
of 71 percent. Koester receives a
Clay Ring-Drive Silo Unloader.
Pete Lathrop, Sherburne, NY,
was the second-place winner in the
hay division and Elmer Hanson,
Elk Mound, WI, was the second
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Forage Superbowl winners announced
place finisher in the haylage
division. Both receive one year’s
free use of a Brillion Sure-Stand
Seeder and two bags of alfalfa
LaVeme Fisher, Oxford, WI,
was the third place finisher in the
hay division. He receives eight
bags of alfalfa seed, a Northwest
Ag Consultants hay coring tool, a
Madison Farm Structures forage
tester and one bag of Nitragin
Pelinoc inoculant. Rick Roberts,
Whitney, NE, was the third place
haylage winner. He receives a
year’s use of a Gehl Company self
unloading forage box and one bag
of Nitragin Pelinoc inoculant.
The Forage Superbowl was
sponsored by HOLSTEIN WORLD,
the University of Wisconsin Ex
tension Service, Wisconsin DHIC
and World Dairy Expo. It was
supported by 40 commercial
There were 292 total entries in
the contest, according to Dr.
Dwayne Rohweder, UW-Extension
agronomist, with 65 of them invited
to send samples for a second round
of judging at World Dairy Expo.
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Judging was done on the basis of
the cow as the consumer of the
forage, explains Rohweder.
“You can have tons and tons of
forage dry matter, but it won’t be
of any value if the dairy cow won’t
eat it and produce milk and meat,”
Judging was primarily based on
nutritional content and palatability
of the forage using Near Infrared
Spectroscopy. In addition, 20
percent of the score was based on
visual aspects of the forage such as
color, odor and freedom from
molds. Another 10 percent of the
score was based on the amount of
milk one ton of the forage would
produce based on a computer
projected ration and five percent
of the score came from on-farm
“We were very pleased with the
level of quality and the number of
entries in this first-ever, in
ternational forage analysis
competition,” says Stanley Bird,
HOLSTEIN WORLD vice
president of marketing.
Two-thirds of the final samples
contained crude protein levels
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greater than 22 percent. Nearly
half of them had dry matter
digestibilities of more than 66
percent. If cows were fed only
these forages without any grain,
dry matter intake would average
41 pounds per day with enough
energy to support 51 pounds of
milk, says Rohweder.
In a balanced ration, forages of
this quality could support more
than 2,500 pounds of milk per ton of
dry matter fed. The value of the
forage, based on the amount of
milk produced, would be more
than $3OO per ton.
“If all dairymen could produce
fnragps of this quality, they could
Grain meeting on Dec, 6
DOVER, Del.—A meeting on
grain marketing strategies for
Delaware fanners and grain
dealers will be held Dec. 6, from
8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Sheraton
Inn in Dover, Del.
Main emphasis of the program
will be on disposing of the rest of
the 1984 grain crop, with some
mention of preliminary indications
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markedly increase their milk
production efficiency and decrease
their cost of production,” says
Brad Rugg, executive vice
president of World Dairy Expo,
says the Forage Superbowl added
a new dimension to Expo.
Dairymen attending had the op
portunity to compare these forages
to forages they produce on their
With the contest being so well
accepted this year, plans are
already underway to conduct a
second, even larger contest next
year, concludes Bird.
being sponsored by the Delaware
Cooperative Extension Service.
A $5 fee will be charged.
Deadline for registration is
November 28. For further in
formation or to register, contact
extension "marketing specialist
Carl German at 230 Townsend
Hall, University of Delaware,
Newark, DE19717-1303 (451-1125).
A U.S. Department of
Agriculture official has
'announced changes in
U.S. grade standards
for slaughter lambs,
yearlings and sheep,
effective Nov. 26.
Paul M. Fuller, a
livestock official with
Marketing Service, said
the changes align the
standards for carcasses
of lamb, yearling
mutton and mutton.
The primary changes
in the carcass standards
- requiring only one
'break joint’ and
(streaks of fat) as a
grade factor - are not
discernible in live
for slaughter lambs,
yearlings and sheep did
not require revision,
Consistent with other
carcass changes, the
changes for slaughter
animals will stan
dardize the quality and
descriptions of degrees
of muscling associated
with each grade, and
drop the cull grade for
slaughter lambs and
yealings, he said.
The changes are not
expected to affect the
number of lambs in the
prime, choice and good
grades, Fuller said.
USDA proposed the
grade changes Feb. 21.
The final rule is
scheduled to be
published in the Oct. 26