Wet Chemistry Nutritional – 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.

Forageplus hay wet chemistry nutritional hay analysis for horses gives information on the nutritional value of your horse hay. This procedure utilises traditional, wet chemistry, analytical methods to determine nutrient levels in forage for feeding to horses. It includes levels of  protein, fibre, carbohydrates, moisture, dry matter, digestible energy, crude protein, estimated lysine, acid detergent fibre, neutral detergent fibre, Ethanol Soluble Carbohydrates (ESC), Water Soluble Carbohydrates (WSC), starch and non fibre carbohydrates (NFC).

Knowing the percent level of ESC and starch in hay has been shown to be extremely important when feeding forage to horses prone to laminitis.  A combined level under 10% means that you may not have to soak and rinse the hay to reduce sugars.  Commonly reported total levels of sugar available in other nutritional tests are not sufficient to determine whether forage is suitable for laminitic equines.

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.

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

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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.


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