Local hay producers win at stateSep 2, 2012 Staff
Riverton's Bruce Jacobson earned the grand champion title for alfalfa cubes at the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas last month in competitions for premium hay.
Also, Riverton's Mark Bappe won grand champion for mixed hay at the premium hay competition.
Producers competed in the Open Hay Show, sponsored by the Wyoming Business Council Agribusiness Division, in four forage divisions: alfalfa, mixed hay, grass hay and alfalfa hay cubes.
Other grand champions included David Hinman of Hardrock Farms in Wheatland for the alfalfa category, while the operation also took the title for the grass hay category.
Hinman also won the best of show title and Hardrock Farms won the premier hay exhibitor title, 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 Wyoming Business Council will forward several entries on to the World's Forage Analysis Superbowl at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., Oct. 2-6. They include entries from Bappe, Hinman and several others from araound Wyoming.
Wyoming producers have won or placed extremely high in the commercial hay division at the World Dairy Expo for the last several years.