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SOIL ANALYSIS: Lime requirement, P, K, Mg and Organic Matter.
GRASS & SILAGE ANALYSIS: Nitrates, Sugars, Crude Protein, DMD and Trace Elements.
GRAIN ANALYSIS: Moisture, Protein, Hectolitre, Screenings, and Germination.
MINERAL ANALYSIS: Magnesium, Sodium, Copper, Zinc, Calcium etc.
EED ANALYSIS: Crude Protein, Crude Fibre, Ash, Oil (A+B), Moisture, Free Fatty Acids and various Elements and Minerals etc.
Other Analysis Available on Request!
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.
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 ae an example of the analysis available for silage.
|Dry Matter Digestibility||pH||Crude Protein|
|This will help you plan your dry cow feeding programme for your herd.|
The ideal silage should contain the following levels.