Indianhead Holsteins, owned by Bob and Karyn Schauf of Barron, took top honors in the 2012 World Forage Superbowl Contest during World Dairy Expo last week.
The Schauf's dairy corn-silage entry was calculated to produce 3754 pounds of milk per ton and scored 96.5 points in the contest.
Like other entries in the division, the Indianhead entry was from the 2011 crop year. Mycogen F2F 297, a brown midrib variety, was planted on May 8 and harvested the second week of September.
Bob Schauf notes they rotate crops aggressively, with one year of corn, one year of soybeans and then alfalfa. They apply cow manure to fields and, at planting, apply 150 pounds of starter to the corn crop.
At harvest, a Pioneer inoculant was applied, and the feedstuff went through a kernel processor on the chopper before ensiling.
After five years of dry weather, 2011 brought "fairly decent moisture," Schauf added.
"It's just a combination of management and a little bit of luck," says Schauf of the Forage Superbowl honor. "Everything fell right for us. God blessed us with the right rains, (and) we harvested it at a good time, covered it well and managed the bunk ... Our crew focuses on quality, doing the best job we can do with weed control, harvest and managing the bunk."
Schauf is an advocate of brown midrib corn varieties. Due to its high digestibility, they saw an increase in milk production as soon as they started feeding BMR silage. Production jumped five pounds per day per cow, with just 20 pounds of silage in the ration, as soon as they started feeding BMR silage.
Despite a major drought throughout much of America's Heartland, the 2012 World Forage Analysis Superbowl attracted the second highest number of entries since 2000, said Steve Peterson of AgSource Laboratories. A total of 345 entries were sent in by producers in the U.S. and Canada, down from 398 entries in 2011. The 2012 entries came from 23 states or provinces.
Atwater Farms of Banker, NY, was named the grand champion first-time entrant. Their dairy corn silage entry - Mycogen F2F 569 - was calculated to produce 3691 pounds of milk per ton of feed and scored 93.0 in the contest.
The World Forage Superbowl Contest awarded two Quality Counts winners in 2012. Dee's Dairy Inc. of Morgan, UT, was the alfalfa/grass winner based on total tract digestibility. Growing a Consistency 4RR variety of dairy hay, the entry was calculated to produce 3,235 pounds of milk per ton of feed, and it scored 85.8 points in the contest.
Merrell Farms Inc. of Wolcott, NY, was named the Quality Counts winner for corn silage based on total tract digestibility. Entered in the dairy corn-silage division, the Mycogen F2F 482 variety was calculated to produce 3,568 pounds of milk per ton of feed and scored 93.1 points in the contest.
In the standard/non-brown midrib dairy corn-silage division, Sunrise Lake Farm of Cuba City was named the grand champion. The farm entered a DeKalb 5878 entry calculated to produce 3,567 pounds of milk per ton of feed, and it scored in the contest at 93.9 points. Other top entrants in the contest, the variety, pounds of milk per ton of feed and total contest score were Steinhaus Ponderosa of Leroy, MI, Mycogen TMF 2N494, 3,515 pounds, 93.4 points; Ben Fischer, Greensfork, IN, MC 535, 3,509 pounds, 93.3 points; Emmons Dairy Farm, Chesterfield, OH, Mycogen TMF 2W727, 3,524 pounds, 93.0 points; and Brunswick Dairy Farm, St. Henry, OH, MC 535, 3,542 pounds, 92.8 points.
Co-Vista Holsteins of Arcade, NY, was named the grand champion dairy/brown midrib corn silage, entering a Mycogen F2F 387 variety calculated to produce 3,556 pounds of milk per ton of feed and scored at 95.3 points in the contest. Other top entrants in the division, variety grown, pounds of milk per ton of feed and total contest score were Rich Ro North of St. Johns, MI, Mycogen F2F 665, 3,557 pounds, 94.0 points; Trierweiler Dairy of Portland, MI, Mycogen F2F 569, 3,495 pounds, 93.2 points; Merrill Farms, Mycogen F2F 482, 3,568 pounds, 93.1 points; and Clark Dairy Farm, Mt. Pleasant, MI, Mycogen F2F 387, 3,477 pounds, 92.8 points.
Rainbow's End Dairy of Waldo was named the grand champion dairy hay producer. The farm produced a Hybridforce 2400 entry that was calculated to produce 3,436 pounds of milk per ton and scored 89.20 points in the contest. Other top entrants, variety grown, pounds of milk per ton of feed and final contest score were Greg Sebold, Dorchester, WL319+Spring Green, 3,388 pounds, 88.92 points; Linnemeier Farms, Fort Wayne, IN, Kingfisher, 3,346 pounds, 88.44 points; Railane Holsteins, Scandinavia, ASG419HY, 3,215 pounds, 85.83 points; and Dee's Dairy, Consistency 4RR, 3,235 pounds, 85.81 points.
In the dairy haylage division, Tim Mater of Deckerville, MI, walked away with grand-champion honors. He entered a WL353 LH #1A-1B third cutting that was calculated to produce 3,670 pounds of milk per ton of feed and scored 88.40 in the contest. Other top winners in this category, their variety, pounds of milk per ton of feed and total contest score were Tim Busch, Cecil, no variety listed, 3,730 pounds, 87.01 points; Sellent Dairy Farms, Almena, no variety listed, 3,469 pounds, 86.80 points; Hickory Gables, Hickory Corners, MI, Mycogen 4A415, 3,582 pounds, 85.78 points; and Leroy Bazuin, Tustin, MI, Mycogen 4A421, 3,510 pounds, 85.27 points.
Wheatland, WY, producer, Lazy 2K Farm, was named the grand champion in the commercial hay division. The farm entered a third-cutting from a Sengenta variety that was calculated to produce 3,497 pounds of milk per ton of feed and that scores 91.22 points in the contest. Other top entrants in the commercial hay division were Hardrock Farms, Wheatland, WY, Syngenta, 3,415 pounds, 90.22 points; Ervin Gara, Torrington, WY, no variety listed, 3,386 pounds, 88.87 points; Wyoming Hay Busters, Torrington, WY, no variety listed, 3,308 pounds, 87.25 points; and Harvey Klindt, Bettendorf, IA, WL367 HQ RR, 3,229 pounds, 86.40 points.
Heatherstone Enterprises of Baraboo entered a sixth cutting of a Spring Gold variety to win grand-champion honors in the baleage division. The baleage was calculated to produce 3,806 pounds of milk per ton of feed, and the entry scored 92.50 in the contest. Other top entrants in the baleage division were Kendall Guither, Walnut, IL, WL363 HQ, 3,741 pounds, 92.20 points; R&R Swiss Farm, Lakeville, OH, Mycogen 4A421, 3,524 pounds, 89.41 points; Samuel S. Fisher, Marshall, IN, Byrons Perennial Rye, 3,669 pounds, 88.99 points; and Beers Robo Holsteins LLC, Mascoutah, IL, Syngenta Genoa, 3,553 pounds, 88.04 points.
Pounder Bros. Inc. of Delavan topped the grass hay division, taking home grand champion honors with a Road Runner-Niva entry that was calculated to produce 3,322 pounds of milk per ton of feed and that scored 88.21 in the contest. Other top entrants in the grass hay division were Olson Farms, Lena, IL, Bar Elite TF, 3,215 pounds, 86.44 points; Gerry Danko, Powell, WY, Co-op Mix, 3,185 pounds, 85.98 points; Welsch's Bale in Bag, Mitchell, NE, orchard-alfalfa mix, 3,096 pounds, 84.45 points; and Lazy 2K Livestock, Wheatland, WY, an orchard-brome mix, 2,976 pounds, 82.13 points.
According to World Dairy Expo, the first-place entrant in each category received a check for $1,500. Second-place winners received $500, third-place entrants were awarded $250, and $100 was given to fourth-place finishers.
Quality Counts Awards reward quality forage production; however, the criteria for selection are unknown to contestants at the time of entry. There are two categories. This year's corn-silage winner and the alfalfa/grass winner were selected based on total tract digestibility. Croplan Genetics presented each of the Quality Counts winners with a $1,000 cash prize.
Dairy entries are judged on lab analysis (60 percent), visual judging (20 percent), herd production information (10 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.
Dairyland Laboratories, located in De Pere, tested the samples.
The World Forage Analysis Superbowl organizing partners include AgSource Cooperative Services, DairyBusiness Communications, Hay and Forage Grower/Penton Media, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, University of Wisconsin College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and World Dairy Expo.