Why complete grass testing?
Through grass testing, you can determine the quality of your grass in terms of its nutritional value to your livestock. It does this by analysing major and trace minerals in the grass to predict potential livestock deficiencies.
Before the silage-cutting season, it’s essential to have your grass analysed. The quality of your silage and, therefore, your livestock’s performance depends on the quality of your grass.
Here are a couple of the issues that poor silage causes for your livestock:
- Nutritional deficiencies: Poor-quality silage may not provide the necessary nutrients for the animals, leading to deficiencies in protein, energy, minerals, and vitamins.
- Gastrointestinal problems: Poor silage can contain harmful bacteria, mould or mycotoxins, which can cause digestive upsets such as acidosis, diarrhoea, and even death.
- Quality: Grass testing is a vital practice that enables livestock owners to evaluate the nutritional quality of their grass, thereby ensuring the optimal well-being and performance of their animals. This assessment involves the analysis of both major and trace minerals present in the grass, offering insights into potential deficiencies that could impact the health and vitality of livestock.
- Poor-quality silage can have an unappealing smell and taste, discouraging animals from eating it, resulting in reduced feed intake and weight loss.
- Reduced milk and meat production: Poor silage can lead to reduced animal growth and production, resulting in lower milk and meat yields.
- Increased susceptibility to disease: Poor-quality silage can weaken the animals’ immune systems and make them more susceptible to infection.
- Fertility issues: Poor-quality silage can cause fertility problems such as reduced pregnancy rates and herd productivity, ovulation and conception issues, hormonal imbalance and affect sperm quality. Mycotoxins can also cause damage to the reproductive tract.
When you understand the deficiencies of your grass, you and your agricultural advisor can make improved decisions on the needed supplementation for your animals and ensure that you don’t have these issues.
How is grass quality measured?
Dry matter digestibility is a crucial metric in livestock nutrition that measures the efficiency with which animals can extract nutrients from the food they consume. Dry matter digestibility rates of 70% and over are good.
What is grass testing?
Grass testing is a vital practice that enables livestock owners to evaluate the nutritional quality of their grass, thereby ensuring the optimal well-being and performance of their animals. This assessment involves the analysis of both major and trace minerals present in the grass, offering insights into potential deficiencies that could impact the health and vitality of livestock.
Who is grass testing recommended for?
Grass Testing is recommended for
- Farmers: Livestock owners who seek to optimize the health and performance of their animals.
- Agricultural Consultants: Professionals guiding farmers in making informed decisions for their livestock’s well-being.
- Research Institutions: Organisations committed to advancing livestock management practices through data-driven insights
What’s The Process For Grass Testing?
- Get a quote above to arrange with us the details of your test.
- We will send you a sampling kit and instructions.
- Take your sample as instructed and post the sample to the lab as soon as possible.
- You will receive your results by email in 24 hours for sillage grass and 10 days for other types.
For sampling, Teagasc recommends, “To get the most accurate result, it is best to sample a freshly opened bale or take the sample from deep into the pit. The sample should be placed in a Ziploc-type bag and kept cool. The sample should be posted to the lab as soon as possible afterwards. Samples which are left in a bag over the weekend in a car for example, will deteriorate rapidly and give rise to inaccurate results.”
What Are The Parameters for Grass Testing?
At Southern Scientific, we test for a wide range of parameters, including:
- Nitrogen (Kjeldahl)
- And more.
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