Forage and Feed Stuff Testing

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Forage and feed quality are important in proper nutrition for livestock, especially those that are lactating or pregnant. To ensure that an animal is receiving proper nutrition and that supplementation of specific nutrients are not necessary, it is suggested that dried forages and feedstuffs be tested for nutrient value. This is not necessary on retailed feed that is already labeled with nutrient value. However, most forages are not labeled and a nutrient value test is suggested.

Testing feedstuffs and/or forages is easy and cost-effective and knowledge of nutrient value can be beneficial for current and future feeding. Samples are taken and sent to a laboratory at NC State University. The values are tested and a summary is sent back. N.C. Cooperative Extension – Mitchell County Center will work with you to interpret the data and make suggestions for improvements or supplements if needed.

To test your forage or feedstuffs or for more information, please contact N.C. Cooperative Extension in Mitchell County at 828-688-4811.