Three Wyoming hay producers placed in the top five in the alfalfa hay division at the 2013 World Ag Expo Forage Challenge Feb. 12-14 in Tulare, Calif.
In the alfalfa hay division, first place went to David Hinman of Hardrock Farms Inc. in Wheatland, second place was Daryl Tiltrum of Dipper Tree Sheep LLC in Wheatland, and fifth place went to Kelli Hinman, also from Wheatland.
Finalists were chosen from more than 90 entries submitted from the western United States. The competition challenged farmers to see who produced the highest-quality forage in the West. Entries were judged in three categories: alfalfa hay, standard corn silage and brown mid-rib corn silage. Cash prizes were awarded based on forage lab analyses, along with a visual evaluation of the entries by experts in dairy nutrition and forage production.