How to collect feed samples
Collecting feed samples for analysis is easy. Click here for a step by step guide on how to collect pasture, hay, silage and grain for analysis.
Sample kits can be posted out to you at no cost, and include:
- sample submission form (you can also download the form)
- plastic zip-lock collecting bag
- reply paid bag so you can post your sample at no charge
Post early in the week
It is best to collect and post your samples early in the week. This avoids samples sitting in the post office over the weekend. Please, if you are collecting silage samples, keep these refrigerated until you go to town. If possible, drop silage samples into the post office rather than putting them in the red box outside the post office to avoid unnecessary heating.
Please include all the necessary details in the submission form. Make sure your name, sample ID, email address and mobile number are included. This will help prevent any delays of your results.
Borrow a hay corer
We have three hay corers available to loan to both buyers and sellers. There is no charge to borrow these to take a representative hay or silage sample. However you will be charged postage, if you want it posted to you. You’ll get instructions for the use of the corer together with general care tips. We also have a high torque cordless drill that can be borrowed at no charge. Please contact us to arrange a loan.
Feed Testing results
Results will be sent to Dynamic Ag within three business days of arriving at the lab. From time to time we experience delays with Australia Post, so samples can take a little longer to arrive. If you require urgent results, the lab can prioritise your sample for testing. This costs a few extra dollars and results will be available within one day of arrival. We will email the results to you on the same day we receive them.
What’s included in my report?
Your report will include an extensive range of parameters including dry matter, moisture, metabolisable energy, crude protein, digestibility (DMD & DOMD), fibre (NDF & ADF), sugars, starch, bulk density (grains only) and ash. A more comprehensive analysis can include parameters such as lignins, fats, pH, ammonia, protein solubility, lactic, propionic and acetic acids and macro nutrients. FeedTest now provides CNCPS (Cornell net carbohydrate and protein system) results direct through DairyLand Laboratories in the United States, meaning that dairy farmers, and their consultants/nutritionists can gain access to results ready to be analysed by AMTS or NDS software packages.
How do my results compare to other samples tested?
The quality of your feed and the feed test result is a combination of:
- growing conditions
- fertiliser applications
- stage of maturity when tested
- the type of sample tested
- the method of which you obtained the sample for testing
- other factors
It will vary from year to year. But, comparing your results to the averages can give you an indication if your sample(s) are better than or below average. So, check out the season averages to get an idea of how your product compares.
We offer advice and workshops around growing quality silage and hay. Also, we can assist with deciding on whether to cut cereal crops for hay, whether to graze or whether to strip. Using partial budgets to determine the best solution for crops takes the guess work out of what to do. Call us for more information.