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High Desert’s Butter Entry Wins IMPA Dairy Contest; Auction Raises $21,800


Sun Valley, ID—High Desert Milk of Burley, ID, earned the Grand Champion title in the 21st annual Idaho Milk Processors Association (IMPA) dairy product contest here last week.
High Desert’s winning 80 percent salted sweet cream butter entry in the butter class is the first IMPA win for the company. It is also the first time a butter entry has won the annual contest.

Last year, Ballard Cheese’s Travis Ballard was named the Grand Championship winner with an Smoked Gouda entry.

Reserve Champion in this year’s contest was Ray Cisneroz, Sorrento Lactalis, Nampa, ID, for his fresh Mozzarella cheese entry.

Steffan Christensen, Beehive Cheese, Uintah, UT, won the Second Reserve Champion prize for a Promontory Cheddar entry.

The contest set a record for entries this year with 149, said IMPA contest coordinator Julie Winans of Chr. Hansen.

Auction Falls Short New Record
This year, the auction had 16 items up for bidding, up one item from last year’s contest.

The 17 items in the auction raised $21,800 coming up a little short of last year’s record-breaking total of $22,450.
The highest auctioned item was the Grand Champion cheese, purchased by Chicago Dairy Corporation for $3,100.

The auction was established in 1998 to provide scholarships to students interested in dairy and food science programs at the University of Idaho and the Utah State University.

To date, the IMPA dairy product contests have raised $179,256 for scholarships.

Chicago Dairy Corporation purchased the Grand Champion Idaho Milk Processors Association entry, High Desert Milk’s butter entry for a total of $3,100. Above: Jim Young (second from left) of Chicago Dairy Corporation is joined by Karla Robinson, Derek Robinson and Steve Tarbet of High Desert Milk.

Winners in each category and auction buyers, were as follows:

Class 1 - Current Cheddar
First Place: David Martinez, Glanbia Foods, Twin Falls, ID
Second Place: Efraem Manzo, Darigold Inc., Sunnyside, WA
Third Place: Blackfoot Plant, Glanbia Foods, Blackfoot, ID
The winning 40-pound block of cheese was purchased by Evans Grain & Feed for $1,900.00.

Class 2 - Medium Cheddar
First Place: Steffan Christensen, Beehive Cheese, Uintah, UT
Second Place: Team 3, Jerome Cheese, Jerome, ID
Third: Sultjo Alic, Glanbia Foods, Twin Falls, ID.
The winning cheese was purchased by DSM Foods Specialties. for a total of $800.00.

Class 3 - Sharp Cheddar
First Place: Eulogio Martinon Beehive Cheese, Unitah, UT
Second Place: Team 3, Jerome Cheese, Jerome, ID
Third Place: Kevin Sloan, Glanbia Foods, Twin Falls, ID
Chr. Hansen Inc. purchased the cheese for a total of $1,100.00.

Class 4 - Aged Cheddar
First Place: Dragan Devetak, Glanbia Foods, Twin Falls, ID.
Second Place: Steve Shobe, Glanbia Foods, Twin Falls, ID
Third Place: Jeff Stagg, Beehive Cheese, Uintah, UT
APT, Inc. purchased the Glanbia entry for $2,000.00.

Class 5 - Aged Cheddar>24 mths,
First Place: Megan Armstrong, Utah State University, Logan, UT
Second Place: Tim Welsh, Beehive Cheese, Uintah, UT.
Third Place: David Campbell, Utah State University, Logan, UT
Wells Fargo purchased the cheese for $900.00.

Class 6 - Colby, Monterey Jack, Muenster Styles
First Place Winner: Dalibor Bampa, Glanbia Foods, Twin Falls, Colby Jack
Second: Joey Villagomez, Glanbia Foods, Twin Falls, Colby
Third Place: Team 3, Jerome Cheese, Jerome, ID, Monterey Jack
Nelson-Jameson bought Glanbia’s Monterey Jack for $1,800.00.

Class 7 - Hard Italian
First Place: Donald Greenberg, Nelson Ricks Cheese, Rexburg, ID
Second Place: Dave Irish, Utah State University, Logan, UT
Third Place: Manuel Montes, Nelson Ricks Cheese, Rexburg, ID
Nelson Ricks Creamery purchased the cheese for $1,800.00.

Class 8 - Soft/Semi Soft/ Fresh Italian
First Place: Ray Cisneroz, Sorrento Lactalis, Nampa, ID.
Second Place: Kegan Caliztro, Sorrento Lactalis, Nampa, ID.
Third Place: Dustin Becherer, Sorrento Lactalis, Nampa, ID
Complete Filtration Resources bought the first runner-up for $500.

Class 9 - Spiced Cheese
First Place: Britton Welsh, Beehive Cheese, Big John’s Cajun
Second Place: Mike Billiard, Glanbia Foods,Twin Falls, Pepper Jack
Third Place: Oliver Ford, Beehive Cheese, Hatch Chile
The winning cheese was purchased by Chr. Hansen for $800.

Class 10 - Flavored Cheese
First Place: Oliver Ford, Beehive Cheese, Uintah, UT.
Second Place: Warren Buchanan, Beehive Cheese, Uintah, UT
Third: Magic Valley 1 Logan Team, Gossner Foods, Logan, UT.
DuPont purchased the cheese for $700.00.

Class 11 - Open, Reduced Fat
First Place: Brian Wilson, Gossner Foods/Magic Valley, Heyburn, ID
Second: Nijaz Heric Glanbia, Twin Falls
Third: Raymond Tamayo, NDA-Darigold, Boise, 2% cottage cheese
The winning cheese was purchased by Kelley Supply for $800.00.

Class 12 - Open Class
First Place: Blackfoot Plant, Glanbia Foods, Blackfoot, ID, Havarti
Second Place: Team 1, Jerome Cheese, Jerome, ID, Mozzarella
Third: Aaron Price, Sorrento Lactalis, Nampa, ID, Mascarpone
The winning cheese was purchased by DSM for $1,200.00.

Class 13 - Swiss
First Place: Bill Liu, Gossner Foods, Logan, UT.
Second Place: Nick Knecht, Gossner Foods, Logan, UT
Third Place: Clemente Russo, Gossner Foods, Heyburn, ID
The cheese was purchased by Kelley Supply, Inc. for $2,000.00.

Class 14 - Farmstead Cheese
First: Grant Kohler, Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, Midway, UT.
Second: Travis Ballard, Ballard Cheese, Gooding, ID.
Third: Russel Kohler, Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, Midway, UT.
Wells Fargo purchased the Heber Valley cheese for $500.00.

Class 15 - Artisan Cheese
First: Russel Kohler, Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, Midway, UT.
Second: Tim Welsh, Beehive Cheese, Uintah, UT
Third: Eduardo Yanez, Beehive Cheese, Uintah, UT
Complete Filtration Resources purchased the winner for $400.00.

Class 16 - Cultured
First Place: Francisca Poniman, Chobani, Twin Falls, ID, Dips
Second Place: Jennifer Welchel, Chobani, Twin Falls, ID, Dip
Third: Mike Schrader, NDA-Darigold, Boise, cottage cheese.
The winning entry was purchased by DuPont for $1,500.00.

Class 17 - Butter
First Place: High Desert Milk, Burley, ID
Second Place: High Desert Milk
Third Place: Nate McKnight, NDA-Darigold, Boise
Chicago Dairy purchased the Grand Champion for $3,100.00.

Class 18- Cheese for Manufacturing
First Place: Team 1, Jerome Cheese, Jerome, ID
Second Place: Starboard Shift, Glanbia Foods, Gooding, ID
Third Place: Port Shift, Glanbia Foods, Gooding, ID
The winning cheese entry was not auctioned off.