The Dairy One Forage Lab Now Offers Flat Rate UPS Service
In order to accommodate time sensitive shipping, The Dairy One Forage Lab now offers a flat rate UPS shipping service. This is for any size package shipped within the continental United States (although pictured in the map below, it does not include Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico). UPS also allows us to provide you with traceability, so you will know where your package is at all times and when it’s received at the lab.
We will provide UPS shipping labels to you. If you need more labels or a different service level please call 800-344-2697, ext 3, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are three different service levels available:
UPS Ground – $6.50
UPS 2 Day Air – $18.50
UPS Next Day Air – $25.50
Depending on your location, UPS ground may be the same as 2 Day Air or Next Day Air service. Please reference the map below to find the transit time for UPS Ground for your area.
To find the nearest UPS drop off locations, please visit http://www.ups.com/dropoff?loc=en_US
** Please note effective 4/1/2012, the fees for our USPS postage paid forage mailers will increase to $4.00 for individual mailers, and $10.00 for the large mailers.
A free sample submission phone app is available for your Droid or iPhone. Using the new phone app, the sample submission process is made faster by storing all of your customer information on the phone. The app stores and remembers: account number, customer name, email addresses, and customer feeds along with menus for identifying sample types and services. The app allows you to assign an individual bar code label to each sample which then becomes its “tracking number”. Once the bar coded data and sample information is entered, it is uploaded directly to the lab – and you are done! Ship the samples and the data is married to the sample upon arrival at the lab.
For the iPhone app (requires iOS version 7 or later), click here.
If using a Droid device (requires Android version 2.3 or later), please visit the Google Play Apps store
The app is menu driven and intuitive. However, if you have questions or need additional help, please contact us at 800-344-2697, ext 2016.
An analysis is only as good as the sample submitted. Taking a good representative sample of your feed is the first and most critical step of the analysis process, yet it is often the step that is the most taken for granted. Following good sampling procedures will help insure that your analytical results truly reflect the nutrient composition of your sample and will be useful in developing your feeding program. Poorly taken samples can result in decisions that lead to either over or under feeding. Both of these can be costly in terms of money and/or lost production.
The key to submitting a good sample is to collect several subsamples to form a composite. Remember, the one pound sample that you submit for analysis is going to represent several tons of feed. Thus, you want to be sure that it represents a good cross-section of the feed, not just one bale.
Table 1. below is from a study displaying the importance of collecting a representative sample. Twenty individual bales from the same lot of hay were probed and analyzed. The table shows the variability between bales and the implications can that be drawn from analyzing only one bale. For example, if you sampled the worst bale in the lot, feeding recommendations based on this information would result in overfeeding and increased feed cost.
At the end of the study, all of the individual samples were combined to form a bulk composite sample. The results of the composite are equivalent to the arithmatic average of all the samples demonstrating that compositing multiple subsamples is the best way to get an accurate picture of the forage in question.
Hay – Hays of different types, cuttings or lots should be sampled separately. Using a Penn State Forage Sampler (or other suitable hay probe), bore 12 – 20 bales selected at random through the small square end. Combine all core samples and submit for analysis.
Silage – Collect only freshly unloaded material. Grab handfuls of silage from 12-20 locations in the unloaded silo pile, feed bunk or from in front of 12-20 cows. For bunker or trench silos, collect 12 -20 samples from across the face of freshly exposed material. Sampling locations should vary from top to bottom and left to right. All subsamples should be combined and thoroughly mixed in a clean plastic bucket to form a composite sample. Submit one pound (0.5 kg) of the composite for analysis.
Another option is to load a mixer wagon with silage, blend for a few minutes, then grab a sample from the discharge.
Total Mixed Rations – Collect only freshly blended rations. Grab 12-20 handfuls of the mix from different locations in the feed bunk or from in front of 12-20 cows. All subsamples should be mixed in a clean plastic bucket to form a composite. Submit a one pound (0.5 kg) sample of the composite for analysis.
Pasture – Randomly select 12-20 sites where the animals have been grazing and clip a handful of forage at grazing height. All subsamples should combined and thoroughly mixed in a clean plastic bucket to form a composite (further cutting the forage into 2 – 3 inch (5 – 8 cm) pieces aids in blending). Take a one pound (0.5 kg) sample, pack tightly in a plastic bag and freeze for 12 hours prior to submitting for analysis. Freezing will help prevent marked chemical changes due to respiration or fermentation.
Grains and Ingredients – Bin storage: Randomly collect 12-20 samples as the grain is discharged and combine in a clean plastic bucket. Flat storage: Grab 12-20 samples from various sites and combine in a clean plastic bucket. Thoroughly blend composite and submit one pound (0.5 kg) sample for analysis. Note: whenever possible, a grain probe should be used to take a sample.
Table 1. Quality test of single bales of alfalfa hay.
Dairy One serves a wide variety of clientele from across the globe. This includes producers, agri-service representatives, consultants, veterinarians, universities, wildlife parks and major agricultural corporations. This results in a diverse nature of samples that can require additional handling and prep work to ready a sample for analysis. Your typical sample size should be as follows:
1 quart sample bag
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Any samples that exceed these sizes may be subject to the handling fee. This fee will be applied at our discretion and without notice. Other potential candidates include, but are not limited to:
Also included are requests to process the entire sample. Depending upon sample size and moisture, this may add 1 – 2 days to turnaround time.
This list is non-exhaustive. Please contact us prior to sending your samples if you have any questions.