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Why Livestock Feed Testing Matters and How It Works

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Quality assurance for a product is of top priority, especially when it’s directly related to a customer. This is especially true when it comes to a product that will be consumed.

Livestock feed falls into this category as it is the catalyst for food made for human consumption. It is crucial that the nutrition composition of the feed the animals are being given is balanced. The number one reason for this is that nutrient requirements for livestock vary depending on what phase of production they are in.

It is essential to be aware of what the quality of ingredients are, and to determine whether they are sufficient for the production stage the livestock is in. This way, the livestock will be consuming adequate nutrients for their diet so they can grow at an effective rate. Without that knowledge, your business may experience a loss in productivity. 

From grass-fed to grain-fed, the diet livestock consumes vary. One thing to note is that feed grains are the most important source being used around the world. This is why the analysis and testing of livestock feed is a necessary step in the production cycle.

Customers Need to Understand Animal Feed Testing

If you are in the livestock production business, you understand the importance of feeding your animals a balanced diet. 

Ultimately, an ideal nutrition program for livestock production would consist of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, carbohydrates, and amino acids. In addition to that, for the success of a livestock enterprise, the animals must be drinking an adequate amount of safe water.

Without the appropriate amount of water, the animals are subject to health issues which could increase the risk of throwing them off of their production schedule. If your animals are off their production schedule, that means you are as well, which could cost you a significant amount of time and money.

This is why it is crucial for livestock enterprises to get the assurance they need in the livestock feed they are using. Running an analysis of the feed requires biological, chemical, enzymatic, and other advanced methods to determine the nutrient content.

When looking for a quality lab to work with, find one that understands the importance of going beyond identifying just the protein, energy, and nutritional content of the feed. A lab should also test for other hazardous and harmful mycotoxins that could potentially cause sickness — and in extreme instances, death in animals and humans.

Working With Our Livestock Feed Testing Lab

Barrow-Agee Laboratories aims to provide our customers with personalized service and an on-time delivery schedule that you cannot get anywhere else. We put an emphasis on understanding that your product needs to be of quality — which is why we treat it with such care.

Our animal feed testing lab and services provide you with results in under a week so your business can continue to operate smoothly and so that you can get your product into customers’ hands.

Our lab holds numerous certifications that support our work for the livestock feed industry, including participation in the USDA Accredited Laboratory Program (Pesticides) proficiency testing, the Florida Department of Agriculture Certified Feed Lab for Nutrients, and mycotoxins and micro-organisms. 

If you have questions about our animal feed testing lab or services, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to help.

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