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SOIL ANALYSIS: Lime requirement, P, K, Mg and Organic Matter.
GRAIN ANALYSIS: Moisture, Protein, Hectolitre, Screenings, and Germination.
GRASS & SILAGE ANALYSIS: Nitrates, Sugars, Crude Protein, DMD and Trace Elements.
MINERAL ANALYSIS: Magnesium, Sodium, Copper, Zinc, Calcium etc.
FEED ANALYSIS: Crude Protein, Crude Fibre, Ash, Oil (A+B), Moisture, Free Fatty Acids and various Elements and Minerals etc.
Other Analysis Available on Request! – Contact the Laboratory on 022 31580
Soil testing is essential to understand the health of your soil and its ability to grow high yielding, good quality grass. 90% of soils in Ireland are outside the optimum pH of 6.5-7 and as a result stunts the potential yield of grass by 1tn/Ha. Having the correct pH and Phosphorous Index can provide your farm with an extra 1.5Tn/Ha of high quality grass.
The only way to understand what your soil requires is to test them. We in Dairygold Agri-Services Laboratory offer a wide range of tests including pH,
P, K, Mg, and organic matter which are all INAB approved. We also offer specific analyses of trace elements and our Area Sales Managers can offer expertise advice in understanding your results.
• How to sample correctly
• Soil Sampling Service
• Understanding your results
• Fertiliser Plan
• Uploading your results to DAFM
It is important to test your grass before cutting to determine your cutting date. For good preservation, you need a low level of Nitrogen and high sugar content. First cut silage requires 100 units of Nitrogen/acre. Grass uses approximately 2 units of Nitrogen/acre/day (and so spreading 100units@2units used/day = 50days) it takes roughly 50 days for grass to utilise the spread nitrogen and be ready for cutting. However, these figures are only accurate in good growing conditions and so testing your grass is the only way of measuring when you can cut for silage to maximise quality and yield.
The following tests are an example of the analysis available for silage.
This will help you plan your dry cow feeding programme for your herd.
>70% of ME
% of total acids >65%
The following are the list of minerals we can test for you:
Any minerals that we are unable to test ourselves are sent to external ISO17025 Standard laboratories.
All of our tests for grain are accredited by INAB.
The following can be tested:
• Germinative Capacity
• Germinative Energy
The following are the list of analysis we can perform on your feedstuff:
• Crude Protein
• Oil (method A/B)
• Crude Fibre
Any other tests are sent to external ISO17025 Standard laboratories.