Nutritional NIR Analysis – Hay

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*UK Customers: Please note that as delivery for this analysis is free this product does not count towards your total delivery cost in respect of free delivery on orders over £80 * If you order other items other than analysis they must total over £80 for free shipping.  Where items are under £80 we will contact you to collect shipping.*

You will not receive a kit for this product, please look out for an email.  You will need to send this sample back to Forageplus.  Postage is not included for sending the sample to us.

This analysis gives information on the nutritional value of your hay. Particularly relevant is information on sugar (ESC and WSC separately) and starch levels for laminitic horses.

The report is  carried out by an international laboratory using high tech near infrared technology to identify a full range of data – Dry Matter, Digestible Energy, Crude Protein, Acid Detergent Fibre, Neutral Detergent Fibre, Water Soluble Carbohydrates, ESC (Simple Sugars), Starch, and Non Fibre Carbohydrates.

This information is vitally important when feeding laminitic horses. An ESC sugar and starch content of over 10% has been found to be unsuitable for laminitic horses and keeping starch and sugar content to under 10% can make a dramatic difference to these horses.  This report will tell you whether you need to soak your hay or whether soaking has been enough to make your forage suitable for a laminitic horse.

The analysis also measures protein levels and digestible energy levels for horses so that performance horses, good doers or horses which are hard to keep weight on can be fed accurate amounts of forage for reducing or maintaining weight.  Please note that this is purely a report of the nutritional levels in your forage showing percentage and gram amounts in your sample.  It does not include an interpretation or a feed plan.  If you require interpretation of the report and a feed plan to be formulated for your horse then please order this separately.  Unlike the mineral analysis you will be required to post this sample to us at Forageplus.

A nutritional report will allow Forageplus to decide whether your horse needs additional protein and hard feed or whether just supplementing with minerals will be sufficient to cover all your horses nutritional needs.

Approximately 150 grams of a representative sample is needed.

This representative sample will need to be taken from a larger sample which comes from 6 – 10 bales. Reports take 10-14 working days.

See instructions on this info-graphic if you want to start preparing your samples


Customers from outside the UK wishing to use our service will need to send samples to us at Forageplus, full instructions will be sent via email once we receive your order.

To avoid any extra charges due to increases in lab fees please use any analysis kit, bought from Forageplus, within 6 months of purchase.

2 reviews for Nutritional NIR Analysis – Hay

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Place (verified owner)

    Found advice helpful regarding what test would cover my needs & prompt service back. Explanations for the analysis helped too. Good customer service throughout. Prompt service. Now ordering my next analysis Mineral check.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fatties Owner Claire

    Used this service to help me manage my laminitic horse. I could check the hay was safe to feed and not have to soak the sugars out and I looked at the protein levels to check what extra I needed to feed because my horse is on restricted hay due to being a fatty. Lastly a great service from Forageplus was telling me exactly how much I should feed each day to get the fatty losing weight slowly and safely. It’s worked a treat. Highly recommend it to anyone with a fatty!

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