Basic Feed Packages
Moisture, Protein, Fat, Crude Fiber
Poultry energy is ME
Moisture, Protein, Fat, Crude Fiber, Dry Ash, NFE, Poultry energy
Moisture, Protein, Fat, Crude Fiber, Dry Ash, Ca, P, NFE, Poultry energy
Moisture, Protein, Fat, Crude Fiber, Dry Ash, Ca, K, Mg, Na, P, NFE, Poultry energy
Moisture, Protein, Fat, Crude Fiber, Dry Ash, Ca, K, Mg, Na, P, S, Cu, Fe, Mn, Zn, NFE, Poultry energy
Cattle energy is ME, DE, NEg, NEi, NEm, TDN
Moisture, Protein, ADF, Cattle energy
Moisture, Protein, ADF, NDF, RFV, DMI, Cattle energy
Moisture, Protein, ADF, Ca, K, Mg, Na, P, Cattle energy
Moisture, Protein, ADF, NDF, Ca, K, Mg, Na, P, RFV, DMI, Cattle energy
Moisture, Protein, ADF, NDF, Ca, K, Mg, Na, P, S, Cu, Fe, Mn, Zn, RFV, DMI, Cattle energy
Dairy energy is ME, DE, NEg, NEi, NEm, TDN
Moisture, Protein, ADF, NDF, Ca, K, Mg, Na, P, ADIN, ADIP, AP, RFV, DMI, Cattle energy
Moisture, Protein, ADF, NDF, Fat, Dry Ash, Ca, K, Mg, Na, P, S, Cu, Fe, Mn, Zn, ADIN, ADIP, AP, RFV, DMI, Dairy energy
Horse energy is ME, DE
Moisture, Protein, ADF, Horse energy
Moisture, Protein, ADF, NDF, Fat, Dry Ash, Ca, K, Mg, Na, P, S, Cu, Fe, Mn, Zn, NFC, Horse energy
Pet energy is ME, DE, GE
Moisture, Protein, Fat, Crude Fiber, Dry Ash, Pet energy
Moisture, Protein, Fat, Crude Fiber, Dry Ash, Ca, K, Mg, Na, P, S, Cu, Fe, Mn, Zn, Pet energy
Swine energy is ME, DE, GE
Moisture, Protein, NDF, Fat, Dry Ash, Swine energy
Moisture, Protein, NDF, Fat, Dry Ash, Ca, K, Mg, Na, P, Swine energy
Moisture, Protein, NDF, Fat, Dry Ash, Ca, K, Mg, Na, P, S, Cu, Fe, Mn, Zn, Swine energy
FDME Mixer Efficiency
Specify the Element
FDN Nitrate Poisoning
Add to existing package - $17
FDI Individual Tests
Add to existing package - $10
Feed Probe Rental/Day
1 Business Day
2 Business Days
5 Business Days
50% Rush (additional 50% surcharge):
3 Business Days
100% Rush (additional 100% surcharge):
2 Business Days
Terms & Definitions
Acid Detergent Fiber. This is the least digestible, highest fiber portion of the feed. Higher ADF levels are lower in digestible energy than lower level feeds.
Neutral Detergent Fiber. This is referred to as the cell walls of the feed. NDF is viewed as negatively correlated to dry matter intake. The higher the NDF value, the less forage the animals will be able to consume.
Relative Feed Value. A comparative value to allow feed quality to be differentiated. Values higher than 100 are higher quality and lower than 100 are lower quality.
Dry Matter Intake. All the nutrients contained in the dry portion of the consumed feed.
Acid Detergent Insoluble Nitrogen. A measure of the nitrogen remaining in the ADF residue of the feed sample.
Acid Detergent Insoluble Protein. The insoluble protein fraction which is unavailable to the animal usually due to heat damage.
A chemical method used to describe the indigestible portion of the plant material.
The total amount of protein present as calculated by the total nitrogen present.
Digestible energy. It gives an indication of the actual amount of energy the animal has available for use.
Gross Energy. The total energy in a feed
Metabolizable energy. The energy metabolized by the animal, calculated as a fraction of DE.
Net energy. Gives the net value of fees after accounting for the energy losses in the process of feed and nutrient utilization.
Net energy for maintenance. An estimate of the energy value of a feed used to keep an animal neither gaining or losing weight.
Net energy for growth. An estimate of the energy value of a feed used for weight gain.
Net energy for lactation. An estimate of the energy value of a feed used for maintenance plus milk production during lactation.
Total Digestible Nutrients. The nutrients are available to the animal to digest.
Sometimes referred to as %EE or ether extract.
Available Protein. Calculated from the crude protein and ADIP.
Non-Fibrous Carbohydrates. Comprised of all carbohydrates not found in the NDF component of a feed.
Sampling Instructions:Your analysis is only as good as the sample you send to the lab. Accurate and quality testing begins with sample collection and proper subsampling procedures. Below are some examples of how to properly collect samples.
Bales:For best results use a commercial forage sampler and take core samples from several random bales. Sample the bales from either the end of a square bale or the rounded side of a round bale. Take multiple cores and mix them in a bag to make a representative sample.
**Using a feed probe will improve subsample quality and give you more accurate results. Feed probes are available for rent from the lab at $5 a day.**
Silage:Take representative samples from several locations. Pack the sample tightly into a bag, removing the air and then seal and freeze the sample.
Swathed crops:Do your best to get a representative number of plants. Cut them up into small pieces and then put them in a sealed bag and get them to the lab as soon as possible.
Growing plants:Do your best to get samples of multiple plants from different areas to get a representative sample. Cut the plants into small pieces and mix the plants together.
Sample Submission Instructions:Ensure the right sample size is submitted. As a rule of thumb, two cups of sample should be sufficient, but check with the lab to ensure you have the right amount of sample for the test you are requesting. Limit the sample size to what is needed.
When submitting the samples, use plastic bags to ensure accurate moisture levels. Bags are available from the lab free of charge. You can order them online on the Products page or call or drop by to pick some up. Make sure to use a meaningful identification for the sample; labeling the samples as 1,2,3 today may not make sense a month later. Samples submitted without proper paperwork will be placed on hold until the paperwork has been submitted. You can download and print the paperwork or submit your form online through the Files & Online Submissions tab at the top of this page.
When submitting custom feed blends or samples for poultry testing, we require the percentage of each ingredient the feed is composed of in order for energies to be calculated. If you have questions, please ask the lab.
What to test:
Our most common beef cattle package is the FD10 or FD11 - depending on if you want the relative feed value (RFV). An explanation for each of the terms used in our packages (such as ADF, NDF, etc.) is available in Alberta Agriculture and Forestry's Know Your Feed Terms pamphlet.
If you have had hail, frost, or are suspecting nitrate poisoning, get the FDN test. Nitrate poisoning is a real risk and information on levels of toxicity can be found at the following link: Nitrate Poisoning in Cattle.