Quality Certificate Explanation Notes

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Feed Analysis Explained

The Feed Analysis is included as part of a visual inspection service, but it may also appear as a stand-alone on the Quality Certificate if a ‘Feed Test Only’ service is requested. The sample type and feed test service selected will impact the number of parameters available on the certificate.

Dry Matter

Equals the whole sample weight, minus the moisture. Represents the nutrient portion of the sample. Results are generally expressed on a DM basis as animals consume feed to meet their dry matter needs. Moisture
content can significantly vary between feedstuffs. Removing this water portion of the feed enables us to compare feed on a nutrient basis and establish feeding rates. DM value is important to know as animals are
only able to consume a finite amount of feed per day.