Feed Testing – Know What You’re Feeding

Feed testing provides a measure of the nutrient content of feeds and enables the producer to make educated decisions on the quantity and type of concentrates
required in a ration to improve animal performance or health.

A feed test report contains information on such attributes as moisture, fibre, digestibility, protein, and mineral content.

Key reasons to have Feed Analysed

• Ability to develop economic feeding strategies 

Whether the feeding strategy is to manage weight or improve milk production, without some knowledge of the current feed quality, a producer’s ability to predict the outcome and assessment of success or failure is restricted to ‘after the event’ when it is too late. Knowing the nutritional quality of a feed can help to plan what and how much supplement needs to be fed, or how long it may take to achieve the required result.

• Objective assessment of feed quality

Feed testing is an accurate and objective method of assessing the quality of feed. Rather than choosing feed by look or smell, its nutrient quantity and quality can be
measured and a much more reliable production result can
be reached.

• Realistic basis for pricing feeds

Quality results have allowed the trade of feeds to be based on predetermined prices established for proteins or energies of certain levels. Knowing nutrient values assists in decisions when looking to purchase in feed and achieve the best value for money with the selection of feed on offer.

By analysing feed, reliable information can be gained to aid in animal production management. The reports are only useful, however, if the resulting numbers are understood
and used to formulate balanced rations for your herd.

For more information, speak to your CopRice representative Free call 1800 267 742.