HARRISBURG, Pa. — Dairy producers and crop growers are encouraged to enter their samples in the first-ever Pennsylvania Dairy Summit Forage Analysis Competition. Up to $10,000 in prizes will be given away, with forage samples wanted in six categories.
The contest will be held as part of the 2014 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, being held at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 12-13.
Six categories will be judged in the forage analysis competition including 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.
Forage sample entries will be accepted for the contest from Dec. 21-31. Producers are encouraged to gather gallon-sized samples of forages and submit them to compete for monetary prizes. The competition will be part of a new forage management track, which will be offered as one of four program tracks at the 2014 Pa. Dairy Summit.
Contest entry forms are available to download at www.padairysummit.org, and entries must be submitted by Dec. 31. The entry fee to submit a sample is $10 per entry. Those who participate in the contest will also receive free forage analyses for their samples from Cumberland Valley Analytic Services. However, for analysis requests beyond contest parameters, Cumberland Valley Analytical Services charges will apply.
Hosted annually by the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and the Center for Dairy Excellence, the annual summit brings in more than 500 dairy producers and other industry enthusiasts for two days of learning and networking.
For more information about the competition, contact Rebecca White at 814-863-3917 or rebeccawhite30<\@>gmail.com.