High School Senior Wins Forage Superbowl
Jacob Kamps, Darlington, WI, has won the 2005 World's
Forage Analysis Superbowl. He and other winners were honored at a
luncheon during last week's World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI. This year's
winning hay sample tested 26.3% crude protein, 19% ADF, 24% NDF and
69.2% NDF digestibility. Its relative forage quality score was 344 and
its calculated milk production per ton was 3,962 lbs. The variety was
Kamps and his parents, Dan and Ruth, and brother Joshua have dominated
the contest's commercial hay and baleage categories in recent years.
Jacob also finished ninth in commercial baleage this year. Dan and Ruth
placed fourth and eighth in that category, and Joshua came in third.
Joshua also placed second in commercial hay. The Kamps family raises
corn, soybeans and 600 acres of alfalfa. Jacob is a high school senior.
Joshua graduated from college last year and now farms full-time with his
parents and brother.
Other category winners in this year's superbowl:
Commercial hay: Harlan Fegler, Casper, WY.
Dairy hay: Mike Beun, Waterloo, WI.
Dairy haylage: Fanfare Farms, Monticello, IA.
Commercial baleage: John Mast, Arcola, IL.
Champion first-time entrant: West Vale-Vu Dairy, Nashville, MI.
A full listing of finalists will be posted on hayandforage.com later
The World's Forage Analysis Superbowl is sponsored by Hay & Forage
Grower magazine, AgSource Cooperative Services, DairyBusiness
Communications, World Dairy Expo and the University of
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Fuel Prices Concern Hay Producers,
High fuel prices were the main topic of conversation
among hay producers and customers at hay marketing group exhibit booths
during last week's World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI. Barb Kinnan,
executive director, Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association (NAMA), says
dairy hay customers are gathering information about how freight costs
are going to figure into their winter feed budgets. Amy Freeburg,
Freeburg Hay, Gayville, SD, also noticed a lot of information-gathering
going on as people stopped at the National Hay Association booth.
"People are trying to assess the best-quality hay they can get for their
dollar," Freeburg says. "I expect to see a huge difference in the amount
of disposable income customers will be able to spend on hay when they
have to cover both fuel and heating costs this winter."
Steve Rice, a hay producer from Wilsonville, NE, says fuel costs impact
almost every aspect of the hay business he runs with his brother, Scott.
"It costs us more at almost every step in the production process,
whether it's driving from the field to the barn, running the swather and
baler and especially the cost of irrigation," he notes. Unfortunately,
some of those costs have to be passed on to customers. "Last year,
freight costs ran between $1.30 and $1.40/mile to deliver hay to our
customers. This year, right before World Dairy Expo freight costs were
running $1.60/mile, and the week right after expo, they had risen to
$1.65." he says. "You have to wonder about the dairies' capacity to
tolerate the increased prices. It has to be especially hard on smaller
dairy producers." The Rice brothers typically deliver their hay to
dairies in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Tennessee, Kentucky, Wisconsin and
"Freight costs are going to have hay customers sharpening their pencils
before committing to a load," says Scott Keith, Wyoming Business
Council, Casper. "Many of our hay producers are reporting at least a
$20/ton increase in freight costs over last year's figure. Hay producers
are going to have to look for backhaul opportunities to help offset some
of the costs."
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There is a steady demand for dairy hay this season,
reports Barb Kinnan of NAMA. "We have been seeing more demand activity
earlier than we would have in a typical year," she says. "A lot of our
customer inquiries right now are from people trying to figure out how
freight is going to impact pricing. People are not locking in their hay
needs in large levels yet."
Steve and Scott Rice, Wilsonville, NE, were working with Kinnan to
promote Nebraska hay at the expo. "We had a dry year overall," Steve
says. The first crop was looking good early in the season, but was hit
by a late freeze. The hay still tested well, but was hard to store, he
adds. The Rice brothers did put up good second- and third-cutting hay.
Demand has been good, Scott reports, although fuel prices continue to be
The Rice brothers bought some Roundup Ready alfalfa seed this fall. "We
decided to take advantage of the new Roundup Ready technology to help
deal with a persistent problem we've been having with water hemp (hybrid
pigweed) in our fourth-cutting alfalfa," Steve explains.
NAMA also promotes Nebraska hay at major trade shows in Pennsylvania,
Kentucky and California. Its producer members can also make use of the
NAMA Web site, www.nebraska-alfalfa.com, to help market hay.
Contact Kinnan to learn more about NAMA at 800-743-1649. Contact Steve
or Scott Rice at 308-349-4231.
Hay producers Amy and Gary Freeburg, staffing the
National Hay Association (NHA) booth at the expo, talked to a number of
potential customers. "Many people at this show are starting to assess
their winter hay needs," Amy says.
It was a good hay year in South Dakota despite a cold, wet spring that
got things off to a slow start, she says.. "We had lots of rain in June
and that slowed down the first cut. Then we didn't get any rain in July
in our area, so our second cutting went up beautifully. The color of the
hay is very good this year."
The Freeburgs attended the recent NHA annual meeting in Lexington, KY.
"As we talked to other hay producers there, it seems that
warmer-than-usual was the nationwide phenomenon this year," Amy says.
"Winterkill was a problem in parts of the Upper Midwest, and then many
parts of Wisconsin got hit with dry weather. Hay demand seems to be up
as a result."
Freeburg Hay is in southeastern South Dakota. Gary and Amy work with
sons John and Jory and family friends Tom and Jeff Dreesen, growing
alfalfa and mixed grass hays. The company markets around 35,000 tons of
hay per year. Learn more by visiting www.freeburghay.com,
or call 605-267-4426.
Most of Wyoming experienced a decent hay-growing season
this year, says Scott Keith, Wyoming Business Council, Casper. Keith and
Bill Reed, a hay producer from Alcova, WY, and Ervin Gara, a producer
from Torrington, WY, answered questions about their state's hay at the
expo. "We had a cold, late spring that caused some of the first cutting
to be light on tonnage," Keith reports. "Then most producers had
excellent second and third cuttings." Keith says producers are glad to
be coming out of a seven-year drought. They're also hoping for good
snow-pack this winter to replenish irrigation water supplies.
Hay demand has been steady in the state. "Milk prices have been good, so
dairy producers have had more money to spend, plus demand is picking up
for horse hay," he says. Wyoming hay growers had a strong showing in the
Commercial Hay division of the World's Forage Analysis Superbowl. Harlan
Fegler, Arapahoe, won the division, and Reed claimed fifth place.
Learn more about Wyoming hay by contacting Keith at 307-237-4696.
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Register For Hay Business Conference
The 2005 Western Hay Business Conference and Expo
offers a number of innovative speakers ready to share perspectives on
several facets of the hay industry. Experts will talk about designing
alfalfa for better performance in dairy rations, offer tips for
maximizing hay sales to the horse market, and will address getting the
most alfalfa out of the least amount of water. Learn more about the
conference topics at www.hayconference.com. The Western Hay Business
Conference & Expo convenes Nov. 29-30 at The Ranch conference facility
in Loveland, CO. Learn more about the conference, find contact
information for local hotels and complete your registration by calling
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**Oct. 15 -- Oregon Hay King Contest, Jefferson
County Fairgrounds, Madras. Contact Mylen Bohle at 541-447-6228.
**Oct. 31-Nov. 4 -- Pacific Northwest Forage Worker's Conference,
Research and Extension Center, Prosser, WA. Contact Mylen Bohle at
541-447-6228 or Steve Fransen at 509-786-9266.
**Nov. 21-22 -- Iowa Forage and Grassland Council Annual Meeting,
Des Moines Airport Holiday Inn. Contact Joan O'Brien at 800-383-1682.
**Nov. 29-30 -- Western Hay Business Conference and Expo, The
Ranch, Loveland, CO. Learn more by calling Cindy Kramer at 952-851-4698,
or by visiting the conference Web site at www.hayconference.com.
**Dec. 2 -- Sheep and Meat Goat Training Program, Kirksville, MO.
Contact Bruce Lane at 660-665-9866 or Garry Mathes at 660-665-7049. Or
go to missourilivestock.com and click on Sheep and Meat Goat
**Dec. 2-3 -- Missouri Livestock Symposium, Kirksville. Programs
on sheep, meat goats, stock and guard dogs, horses, beef cattle,
forages, swine, crops and more. Name entertainment and trade show.
Details at missourilivestock.com, or call Bruce Lane at
660-665-9866 or Garry Mathes at 660-665-7049.
**Dec. 6-7 -- Midwest Dairy Expo, St. Cloud Civic Center, St.
Cloud, MN. The 2005 expo features nationally known speakers, educational
programs and exhibits of dairy supplies and services. Contact trade show
coordinator Eir Garcia-Silva of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association
at 320-203-8336 or visit email@example.com.
**Dec. 7-8 -- Midwest Forage Association Farm Bill Forum and Research
Summit, Holiday Inn Select, Minneapolis, MN. Contact Midwest Forage
Association at 651-484-3888.
**Dec. 7-8 -- Manitoba Grazing School, Keystone Centre, Brandon.
Contact Marc Boulanger, Manitoba Agriculture, at 204-889-5699.
**Dec 12-14 -- California Alfalfa & Forage Symposium and Trade
Show, Visalia. Learn more at alfalfa.ucdavis.edu or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Dec. 15 -- Alabama Forage Conference, Troy. Learn more at www.alabamaforages.com or call Don Ball at
**Jan. 18-19 -- Washington State Hay Growers Association Convention
and Trade Show, Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick. Learn
more at www.wa-hay.org.
**Jan. 19-20 -- Southwest Hay Conference & Trade Show, Ruidoso
Convention Center, Ruidoso, NM. Learn more at email@example.com, or call 505-626-5677 or
**Jan. 25-26 -- Heart of America Grazing Conference, Cave City,
KY. Call 270-365-7541.
**Jan. 31- Feb. 1 -- Midwest Forage Association 2006 Symposium and
Annual Meeting, Stoney Creek Inn, Mosinee, WI. Call MFA at
**Feb. 3 -- Northern Indiana Grazing Conference, Shipshewana.
Call 260-463-3471, ext. 3.
**Feb. 7-8 -- Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association's Mid-America
Alfalfa Expo, Kearney. Contact Barb Kinnan at 800-743-1649 or visit
**Feb. 23 -- Kentucky Alfalfa Conference, Lexington. Contact
Garry Lacefield at 270-365-7541, ext. 202.
**Feb. 27-28 -- Idaho Hay and Forage Association Meeting, Red
Lion Canyon Springs Hotel, Twin Falls. Learn more at www.idahohay.com/.
**Mar. 10-14 -- 2006 American Forage and Grassland Council
Conference, Westin Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio, TX. Learn more at
www.afgc.org, or call
Dana Tucker at 800-944-2342.
**March 14-15 -- Midwest Hay Business Conference and Expo,
Ramkota Hotel, Sioux Falls, SD. Sponsored by Hay & Forage
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