As of July 1, 2014, forage analysis options and prices have changed at the Soil, Plant and Pest Center (SPPC).  Grains, grain mixtures, TMR and forage/grain mixes will no longer be analyzed at SPPC. Forage testing options are as follows: 

BEEF

  • Beef Basic - $17 - Moisture, Dry Matter, Relative Forage Quality (RFQ), Crude Protein (CP), Total Digestible Nutrients (TDN), Net Energy Maintenance (NEm), Net Energy Gain (NEg), Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF), Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF), Lignin, Ash, Calcium (Ca), Phosphorus (P), Magnesium (Mg), and Potassium (K).
  • Beef Plus - $30 - Basic plus Copper (Cu), Zinc (Zn), Manganese (Mn), and Sulfur (S).
  • Beef Basic with Nitrates - $20
  • Nitrates Only - $10

HORSE

  • Horse Basic - $17 - Moisture, Dry Matter, Relative Forage Quality (RFQ), Crude Protein (CP), Digestible Energy (DE), Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF), Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF), Lignin, Ash, Calcium (Ca), Phosphorus (P), Magnesium (Mg), and Potassium (K).
  • Horse Professional - $30 - Basic plus Sugar, Fructan, Starch, Non-Structural Carbohydrates (NSC), Water Soluble Carbohydrates (WSC), Copper (Cu), Zinc (Zn), Mangenese (Mn), and Sulfur (S).

SMALL RUMINANT

  • SR Basic - $17 - Moisture, Dry Matter, Relative Forage Quality (RFQ), Crude Protein (CP), Total Digestible Nutrients (TDN), Net Energy Maintenance (NEm), Net Energy Gain (NEg), Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF), Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF), Lignin, Ash, Calcium (Ca), Phosphorus (P), Magnesium (Mg), and Potassium (K).
  • SR  Plus - $30 - Basic plus Copper (Cu), Zinc (Zn), Manganese (Mn), and Sulfur (S).
  • SR Basic with Nitrates - $20
  • Nitrates Only - $10

DAIRY

  • Dairy Basic - $17 - Moisture, Dry Matter, Relative Forage Quality (RFQ), Crude Protein (CP), Net Energy Lactation (NEL), Net Energy Maintenance (NEm), in-vitro True DM Digestibility 48h (IVTDMD48h), Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF), Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF), Water Soluble Carbohydrates (WSC), Non-Structural Carbohydrates (NSC), Lignin, Sugar, Fructan, Ash, Calcium (Ca), Phosphorus (P), Magnesium (Mg), and Potassium (K).
  • Dairy Plus - $30 - Basic plus Copper (Cu), Zinc (Zn), Manganese (Mn), and Sulfur (S).
  • Diary Basic with Nitrates - $20
  • Nitrates Only - $10  

How to Sample:

Approximately one-half gallon of sample (cored hay, chopped silage or haylage) is needed for analysis. Plastic bags with zipper closures work great for this use.
  • Hay — Obtain samples from approximately 10 bales. Best samples are obtained with the use of a forage sampling probe. Check with your local Extension office​ about the availability of these samples. For square bales, take one core from one end of each bale. For round bales, take a sample from each side of the bales. If grab samples are taken, be sure to obtain a representative sample.
  • Silage or Haylage — If haylage is in round bales, follow the same procedures as for round baled hay. If haylage or silage is chopped, then obtain two to three gallons of material from 10 to 15 places in the silo. Four upright silos, run unloader and collect on sample per minute for several minutes. In both situations, mix all of the collected material together, then fill sample bag with this mixture. Be sure to seal bag to ensure correct moisture determination.


Forage analysis is provided in partnership with:
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Submit a Sample:

Send forage sample(s), Forage Analysis Information Sheet (S)​​,* and appropriate fees to the Soil, Plant and Pest Center (see address and fee information on the Forage Analysis Information Sheet). Fees can also be paid by credit card using the secure UT Institute of Agriculture Online Mall site. Click here to pay online.   

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