Forage Analysis:  What Numbers Do I Need?

Forage Analysis:  What Numbers Do I Need?

Justin Waggoner

Cow Country News

One of the more common questions I receive with regard to analytical testing off or ages and other feedstuffs is, ”I have the sample, now what do I test for or what analysis package should I select?” The basic components that nutritionists need to evaluate a feedstuff or develop a ration are dry matter or moisture, crude protein, an estimate of the energy content of the feedstuff-Total Digestible Nutrients (TDN), Net Energy for Maintenance (NEm), Net Energy for gain (NEg), and the macro minerals, Calcium and Phosphorous.

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