HARRISBURG, Pa. — Dairy producers are being encouraged to save samples of their 2013 forages for the first-ever “Pennsylvania Dairy Summit Forage Analysis Competition.”
The contest will be held as part of the 2014 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, set for Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 12-13, at Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College.
Held annually by the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and the Center for Dairy Excellence, the summit brings in more than 500 dairy producers and other industry enthusiasts for two days of learning and networking.
Forage sample entries will be accepted for the contest during December, so producers are encouraged to gather gallon-size samples of forages when appropriate to freeze until the entry period is opened.
Growers not only have an opportunity to showcase their silage and win prizes, they will also gain from the new “Forage Management Track,” which will be offered as one of four program tracks at the 2014 Dairy Summit.
Six categories will be judged in the forage analysis competition — conventional corn silage, BMR corn silage, perennial legume silage, mixed perennial silage (alfalfa and/or clover with grass), cool season annual silage (small grains and/or annual ryegrass), and forage sorghum silage.
Class sponsors for each category are currently being solicited, with a top prize of $1,000 in each class. Participants will also receive free forage analyses for their samples.
Contest entry forms are available at www.padairysummit.org, but entries should not be submitted before Dec. 1.
For more information, contact Caroline Novak at 877-326-5993 or caroline<\@>pdmp.org, or Jayne Sebright from the Center for Dairy Excellence at 717-259-6496 or jsebright<\@>centerfordairyexcellence.org.