How To Take Forage And Feedstuff Sample

  • The accuracy of your forage and feedstuff report can be influenced by how careful the sample was collected and submitted. It is critical to take subsamples from the same field, cutting, lot, or type, and thoroughly blend together to form a composite. Be sure to select an unique descriptive ID for your samples. This will be helpful when reviewing the analysis report at a later date.

Sampling Techniques For Hay

  • Subsamples can be collected with a Hay Probe or Forage Sampler.
  • Or, use a clean plastic bucket and a Large Scissors.
  • Select 10 random bales from the sam field and cutting.
  • Reach into the center of the bale and remove a handful of hay.
  • Hold over the bucket and cut 4 to 6 inch long pieces.
  • Repeat the above until you have subsampled all 10 bales.
  • With you hands, gently mix up the pieces in the bucket.
  • Fill a quart plastic bag with your composite sample.
  • Press out all the air, and seal the bag.
  • Label the sample bag with your name and sample ID.
  • Complete the Sample Information Form. (See Fee Schedule For Available Tests)
  • Return the Hay sample(s) along with the Sample Information Form, and payment to: Holmes Laboratory, Inc. * 3559 US RT. 62 * Millersburg, OH 44654

Sampling Techniques For Feedstuff

  • Use a clean plastic bucket.
  • Grab a handful of feedstuff and place in the bucket.
  • Repeat this with 10 different random spots within the same lot.
  • Thoroughly blend together the sample in the bucket.
  • Fill a quart plastic bag with your composite sample.
  • Press out all the air, and seal the bag.
  • Label the sample bag with your name and sample ID.
  • Complete the Sample Information Form. (See Fee Schedule For Available Tests)
  • Return the Hay sample(s) along with the Sample Information Form, and payment to: Holmes Laboratory, Inc. * 3559 US RT. 62 * Millersburg, OH 44654 We always welcome any questions, so for additional information, call 1-800-344-1101