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Our tips and resources on feed lab testing can help you confirm that your feed purchase is contaminant free, how to take a sample correctly, and find feed labs servicing your area.

Feed lab testing

Lab testing will confirm your feed purchase is contaminant free, but only if you take a sample correctly.

Feed lab testing is useful to confirm whether a particular feed source is worth buying, or compare the nutritional value of alternative feeds.

It is also essential when using lab results to understand the reasons why results vary.

Understanding your results

  • There is always a certain degree of variation in feed lab results.
  • The greatest source of variation is due to sampling method.

Tips for accurate testing

  • Always be sure to collect a truly representative feed sample for testing.
  • Label all feed samples clearly with a description and sample date.
  • Ensure your feed samples arrive at the lab quickly, with minimal deterioration.
  • Do not quarter hay samples to reduce sample size (leaf loss can make the sample un-representative). Keeping a duplicate sample on-farm gives you the option of doing further testing later if you wish.

Feed laboratories servicing the Australian dairy industry

Forage Lab Australia
Bendigo East, Victoria
Ph. 03 5443 9665
http://www.foragelabaustralia.com.au

Feed Central
Toowoomba and Shepparton
Ph. 1300 669 429
http://www.feedcentral.com.au/test-fodder

Feed Quality Service, Industry & Investment NSW
Wagga Wagga, NSW
1800 675 623 
http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/aboutus/services/das/feed-quality-service
 
FeedTest (Agrifood Technology) 
Werribee, VIC
1300 655 474
http://www.feedtest.com.au/index.php/services

Independent Lab Services
Claremont, WA
08 9525 7085

SGS Australia
Toowoomba, QLD
07 4633 0599
http://www.sgs.com.au/en-GB/Agriculture-Food/Food/Processors-and-Suppliers/Nutrition-and-Composition-Analysis/Animal-Feed-Testing.aspx

Symbio Laboratories
Eight Mile Plains,QLD
07 3340 5700
https://www.symbiolabs.com.au/food-testing/

More information

Feed lab testing - getting a good sample (PDF, 296KB)

Overview of sample collection for lab testing. Collecting a good sample. There's not much point using a feed lab analysis report to guide your feed buying decisions unless the feed sample collected for analysis was truly representative of the feed on offer. The aim should always be to collect the most representative sample possible.

Key tips:

  • Always be sure to collect a truly representative feed sample for testing.
  • Label all feed samples clearly with a description and sample date.
  • Ensure your feed samples arrive at the lab quickly, with minimal deterioration.
Feed lab testing - understanding the results (PDF 242KB)

Key tips

  • understanding variation
  • table on sources of variation
  • as is versus dry matter
  • Validity of Near Infrared Reflectance (NIR) method

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