Cash prizes totaling $18,000 were awarded to winners of the 2013 World Ag Expo Forage Challenge during the Expo’s opening day. Finalists were chosen from more than 90 entries submitted from the Western U.S.

Lallem and Animal Nutrition North America sponsored $18,000 in contest awards and prizes. First place winners in all three categories received $3,000; second place winners were awarded $2,000 and $1,000 was given to third place winners.

Entries were judged in three categories: alfalfa hay, standard corn silage and brown mid-rib (BMR) corn silage. Prizes were awarded based on forage lab analyses, along with a visual evaluation of the entries by experts in dairy nutrition and forage production.

2013 World Ag Expo Forage Challenge winners are:

Alfalfa Hay

1st Place - David Hinman, Hardrock Farms Inc., Wheatland, Wyo.

2nd Place - Daryl Tiltrum, Dipper Tree Sheep LLC, Wheatland, Wyo.

3rd Place - Rick and Kim Perigo, Valiant Penny Hay Co., Lun, Nevada

Corn Silage BMR

1st Place - Jake Bosma, Bosma Milk Co. Tipton, Calif.

2nd Place - Mike Barcellos, Monster Dairy, Newman, Calif.

3rd Place - Tony Louters, Tony Louters Dairy, Merced, Calif.

Corn Silage Non-BMR

1st Place - Dino Giacomazzi, Giocomazzi Dairy/Farms, Hanford, Calif.

2nd Place - Kelly Callahan, Royal Turf Farms, Royal City, Wash.

3rd Place - Bert Weststeyn, Weststeyn Dairy, Linden, Calif.