Agri-Mark Extra Sharp Vermont Cheddar Tops NMPF Cheese Contest

Agri-Mark, Inc. of Middlebury, VT, earned the Chairman’s Plaque here this week in the 2021 National Milk Producers Federation’s (NMPF) Championship Cheese Contest.

Agri-Mark’s winning Extra Sharp Vermont Cheddar entry earned a score of 99.90 in the Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese category. This entry also won Best Cheddar in this year’s competition.

Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI) of Portage, WI, took home the Reserve Chairman’s Plaque for its Dinner Bell Creamery brand Pasteurized Processed American & Monterey Jack Cheese Loaf with Red Bell & Jalapeno Peppers.

The AMPI team in Hoven, SD, earned Best Italian Cheese honors for its Aged Parmesan Wheel entry.

The title of Best Cottage Cheese went to Upstate Niagara Cooperative of Buffalo, NY, for its Bison brand 4% Pineapple Cottage Cheese entry.

First, second and third place winners in each of the 21 contest classes are as follows:

Mild Cheddar
First Award: Associated Milk Producers Inc., Blair, WI, 100.00
Second Award: Agri-Mark, Inc., Chateauguay, NY Cheddar, Team McCadam, 99.40
Third Award: Agri-Mark, Cabot, VT, 99.20

Medium Cheddar
First Award: Landon Komis, Foremost Farms USA, Marshfield, WI, 99.20
Second Award: AMPI, Blair, WI, 98.80
Third Award: Agri-Mark, Cabot, VT, 98.70

Sharp Cheddar
First Award: Agri-Mark, Cabot, VT, 99.90
Second Award: Agri-Mark, Chateauguay, NY, Team McCadam, 99.80
Third Award: Agri-Mark, Chateaugay, NY, Team McCadam, 99.70

Extra Sharp Cheddar
First Award: Agri-Mark, Middlebury, VT, 99.90
Second Award: Agri-Mark, Chateaugay, NY, 99.85
Third Award: Agri-Mark, Cabot, VT, 99.70

Mozzarella
First Award: Jesus Santiago, Dairy Farmers of America, Turlock, CA, 99.70
Second Award: Eduardo Ramos Dairy Farmers of America, Turlock, CA, 99.40
Third Award: Guadalupe Diaz, Dairy Farmers of America, Turlock, CA, 98.90

Provolone
First Award: Foremost Farms USA Clayton, WI, Smoked Provolone, 99.50
Second Award: Mayra Morales, DFA, Turlock, CA, 99.30
Third Award: Foremost Farms USA Clayton, WI, Smoked Provolone, 99.20

Hard & Mold Ripened Italian
First Award: AMPI, Hoven, SD, Aged Parmesan Wheel, 100.00
Second Award: Prairie Farms Dairy, Mindoro, WI, Heated Treated Gorgonzola, 99.20
Third Award: Prairie Farms, Mindoro, WI, Heated Treated Blue Cheese, 99.00

Natural
First Award: AMPI, Jim Falls, WI, Colby Jack, 99.80
Second Award Winner: Steve Voss, AMPI, Sanborn, IA, Colby, 99.70
Third Award: Mike and Larry Roberts, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Middlebury, IN, Co-Jack, 99.30

Swiss
First Award: Prairie Farms, Luana, IA, 99.40
Second Award: Mark Grossen, Prairie Farms Dairy, Shullsburg, WI, Baby Swiss, 99.00
Third Award: Prairie Farms Dairy, Luana, IA, Baby Swiss, 98.50

Processed American Plain
First Award: Land O’Lakes, Inc., Spencer, WI, LOL Yellow Sharp Cheddar American, 99.60
Second Award: Dinner Bell Creamery, AMPI, Portage, WI, Pasteurized Processed American Cheese, 99.50
Third Award: Team Wohlt, Ellsworth Creamery, New London, WI, St Louis Style Pizza American Cheese, 99.40

Processed American Flavored
First Award: Dinner Bell Creamery, AMPI, Portage, WI, Pasteurized Processed American & Monterey Jack Cheese with Red Bell & Jalapeno Peppers, 99.70
Second Award: Team Wohlt, Ellsworth Creamery, New London, WI, R&G Pepper Cheese Food, 99.20
Third: Team Wohlt, Ellsworth Creamery, New London, WI, Pimento Yellow American, 98.80

Hot Or Spicy Flavor
First Award: AMPI, Jim Falls, WI, Monterey Jack with Jalapeno Peppers, 99.30
Second Award: Ellsworth Creamery, Comstock, WI, Hot Pepper Monterey Jack, 99.10
Third Award: Mike and Larry Roberts, Michigan Milk Producers, Middlebury, IN, Pepper Jack, 98.80

Unique Or Mild Flavor
First Award: Agri-Mark, Cabot, VT, Cracked Peppercorn, 99.80
Second Award: Prairie Farms, Luana, IA, Havarti, 99.40
Third Award: Mark Grossen, Prairie Farms, Shullsburg, WI, Gouda, 99.30

Open Class
First Award: Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Campbell, NY, Whole Milk Ricotta, 99.00
Second Award: Upstate Niagara, Campbell, NY, Impastata, 98.90
Third Award: Prairie Farms, Luana, IA, Cream Cheese, 98.80

Reduced Fat
First Award: Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Campbell, NY, Reduced Fat String Cheese, 98.90
Second Award: Land O’Lakes, Spencer, WI, Yellow American, 98.50
Third Award: No Award Given

Cottage Cheese
First Award: Bison, Upstate Niagara, Buffalo, 4% Small Curd, 99.40
Second: Bison, Upstate Niagara, Buffalo, 10% Small Curd, 99.20
Third Award: Prairie Farms, Carbondale, IL, Regular Small Curd 4%, 99.20

Reduced Fat Cottage Cheese
First Award: Prairie Farms Dairy, Quincy, IL, 2% Small Curd, 99.20
Second Award: Prairie Farms, Fort Wayne, IN, Reduced Fat-Small Curd , 99.00
Third: Prairie Farms, Carbondale, IL, Reduced Fat Small Curd 2%, 98.70

Flavored Cottage Cheese
First Award: Bison, Upstate Niagara, Buffalo, NY, Pineapple, 99.50
Second Award: Prairie Farms, Fort Wayne, IN, Garden Veggie, 99.40
Third Award: Kemps, DFA, Farmington, MN, Peach, 99.00

Natural Cheese Snack
First Award: Agri-Mark, Cabot, VT, Seriously Sharp Yellow Cheddar Cracker Cut, 99.50
Second: Agri-Mark, Cabot, VT, Sharp VT Cheddar Cracker Cut, 99.00
Third Award: Agri-Mark, Cabot, VT, Colby Jack Cracker Cut, 98.70

Processed Cheese Snack
First Award: Land O’Lakes, Spencer, WI, Extra Melt White Cheese, 99.60
Second Award: Land O’Lakes, Spencer, WI, Queso Bravo Cheese Dip Yellow, 99.50
Third Award: Land O’Lakes, Spencer, WI, Queso Bravo Cheese Dip White, 99.20
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