Feed Analysis - Why?
Why do farmers conduct feed analysis of its components? Isn't it enough to rely on tables and recommended values?
The performance level of dairy cows and beef cattle has been continuously increasing in recent years. In order to formulate an effective and efficient feed ration, farmers need to know which feed ingredients can be used. Knowledge of the nutritional content of feed is essential. Genetic potential, animal health, feed costs, and environmental goals all demand high standards for feed ration.
It is clear that relying solely on standard tables and recommended values is no longer sufficient. Basic and concentrate feed ingredients vary in their nutrient, mineral, and vitamin contents depending on factors such as plant composition, management practices, genetics, weather, fertilization, and harvest timing.
Feed analysis provides valuable information on the success of feed management practices and data for formulating feed rations. It is an important tool for identifying and preventing animal health issues.
However, not all feed analyses are the same. Sano Laboratory operates according to the latest standards and has established a partnership with the world-leading laboratory for feed analysis, Cumberland Valley Analytical Services (CVAS). As a global market leader in feed analysis, CVAS also offers feed analyses based on the CNCPS model.
Feed Analysis: What sets CNCPS feed analyses apart?
All new? Not at all! The CNCPS model is an advancement of the well-known Weende analysis. CNCPS feed analysis considers a more precise determination of protein, fat, and carbohydrate content. It goes beyond the mere nutrient content and also examines their availability in the digestive tract. The model specifically breaks down carbohydrate and protein fractions based on their digestibility or associations with fiber fractions.