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Forage Analysis

The analysis of animal forage is an essential part of ensuring that food producing animals are fed a high quality, well-balanced diet that promotes high levels of production. As a member of the Forage Analysis Assurance (FAA) group and proficiency team we provide quick, reliable and comprehensive testing of forage and grass.

Grass Analysis:

Testing grass before cutting provides a key decision-making tool when targeting a High Sugar Content and Low Nitrogen Content at harvest time.

A sugar content of 3% or greater is critical to silage ensilability. In good growing conditions grass crops utilise 2 units of Nitrogen per day but in poor weather Nitrogen uptake is slower. Low sugar levels often coincide with High Nitrogen levels which has a negative impact on the fermentation process. The only way to ensure that your grass is suitable for cutting is by availing of grass testing services.

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Farm Focus

Tests Provided

Grass Nutritional Test:

  • Protein
  • Dry Matter

Pre-Harvest Tests:

  • Sugar
  • Nitrates
 

Grass Mineral Analysis

  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Sodium
  • Phosphorus
  • Sulphur
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Manganese
  • Molybdenum
  • Cobalt
  • Selenium
  • Iodine
  • Iron
  • Aluminium
 

Winter Forage Analysis

Testing grass, maize and whole-crop silages provides the knowledge required to optimise feeding of animals during the winter period. Assessment of silages and other forages provides a feeding value which can be used to identify the level of supplementation required. It also allows for the identification of any problems or deficiencies that have the potential to impact animal health.

 

 

Silage and Whole Crop Analysis

Grass Silage:

  • NIR Analysis:
    • Dry Matter
    • DMD
    • UFL
    • UFV
    • NDF
    • pH
    • Lactic Acid
    • Ash
    • A. Noitrogen
    • Crude Protein
    • PDIA
    • PDIE

Grass Silage Mineral Analysis:

  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Sodium
  • Phosphorus
  • Sulphur
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Manganese
  • Molybdenum
  • Cobalt
  • Selenium
  • Iodine
  • Iron
  • Alulminium

Maize & Whole Crop Silage:

  • Protein
  • Starch
  • Ash
  • DM
  • pH

 

 

Brassica Winter Forage

We also provide a testing service for brassica crops such as kale and fodder rape grazed in situ.

Brassica Crop Analysis:

  • Protein
  • Starch
  • Ash
  • DM
  • pH
 

How to Sample Correctly

FAA Correct Silage Sampling Guidelines:

https://www.faagroup.co.uk/farm-sampling