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Sound Science for Animal Feedstuffs

At Sciantec we have over 30 years experience in the animal feed sector so we really understand feed analysis and the concerns of our customers. Our skilled and knowledgeable staff can advise on sampling and testing schedules – and can help you interpret the results. This expertise, linked with modern facilities and analytical capability, allows Sciantec to meet the challenging and changing needs of the animal feed sector.

A list of accredited methods is given on Sciantec’s UKAS schedule

 

Key Analysis & Tests

Proximate & Routine Nutritional Analysis

Sciantec provides a comprehensive range of proximate and routine nutritional analysis. A wide range of traditional wet chemistry and instrumental techniques are employed in line with relevant legislation and regulations.

Listed below are some of the most widely used tests. In addition to these Sciantec has an extensive portfolio of other tests and, where appropriate, can develop specific tests and analytical suites for your business.

Code

Product

Price

PROXIMATE ANALYSIS

TST00172

Ash

TST00307

Crude Protein (Dumas)

TST00523

Crude Protein (Kjeldahl)

TST00085

Crude Fibre

TST00205

Moisture (Oven)

TST00257

Oil Method A-(Ether Extract)

TST00257

Oil Method B-(Acid Hydrolysis)

MOISTURE

TST00450

Karl Fischer

TST00205

Oven

TST00206

Vacuum Drying

PROTEIN / PROTEIN QUALITY

TST00004

Available Lysine

TST00363

Biogenic Amines Profile (Cadaverine, Histamine, Putrescine, Spermidine, Spermine, Tyramine)

TST00307

Crude Protein (Dumas)

TST00610

Ammonium Nitrogen (Kjeldahl)

TST00523

Crude Protein (Kjeldahl)

TST00363

Histamine

TST00307

Nitrogen

TST00547

Uric Acid

TST00304

Pepsin Digestible Protein (PDP) (including crude protein)

TST00305

Pepsin Indigestible Residue (PIR)

TST00346

Trypsin Inhibitor Activity (TIA)

TST00308

Urea

TST00347

Urease Activity

FIBRE FRACTIONS

TST00085

Crude Fibre

TST00082

Acid Detergent Fibre (ADF)

TST00083

Acid Detergent Lignin (ADL)

TST00090

NCGD (Neutral Cellulase Gammanase Digestibility)

TST00091

Neutral Detergent Fibre (NDAF)

TST00443

Cellulose

TST00444

Hemicellulose

ASH

TST00172

Ash

TST00181

Acid Insoluble Ash (Including Total Ash)

CARBOHYDRATES

TST00029

Lactose

TST00032

Starch EEC (Polarimetric)

TST00431

Starch (Enzymatic)

TST00034

Starch Gelatinisation (including derived hexoses, before and after boiling; total starch)

TST00036

Total Sugar (Luff-Schoorl)

TST00026

Sugar Profile-glucose, maltose, sucrose, fructose

TST00031

Water Soluble Carbohydrates (WSC)

TST00487

Resistant Starch

TST00348

Vitamin B7 (Biotin)/ Vitamin H

 

Energy Determinations

As well as offering such assays as gross energy, Sciantec also provides metabolisable and digestible energy determinations based on the recognised and/or recommended equations as detailed in regulations such as the Feeding Stuffs Regulations.

Listed below are some of the most widely used tests. In addition to these Sciantec has an extensive portfolio of other tests and, where appropriate, can develop specific tests and analytical suites for your business.

Code

Product

Price

TST00074

Gross Energy

TST00072

Pig DE (as per Feeding Stuffs Regulations incl. Dry Matter, Crude Protein, Oil(B), Ash, NDAF)

TST00075

Poultry ME (as per Feeding Stuffs Regulations incl. Crude Protein, Oil(B), Starch, Sugar)

TST00076

Ruminant ME (E3) (as per Feeding Stuffs Regulations incl. Dry Matter, Oil(B), Ash, NCGD)

TST00484

Horse DE (incl DM, Crude Protein, Oil (B), Ash, NDAF, ADF)

TST00528

Pet (Cat and Dog) (as per Feeding Stuffs Regulations incl. Dry Matter, Crude Protein, Oil(B), Crude Fibre, Ash)

 

Oils & Fats Analysis

In addition to the standard compositional analysis of oils and fats, Sciantec also offers a range of tests such as moisture, impurities and non-elutable material that will ensure that the material meets specification for qualitative parameters. Instrumentation to supplement the standard chemical analysis procedures includes capillary gas chromatography (GC) and rapid NIR systems.

Listed below are some of the most widely used tests. In addition to these Sciantec has an extensive portfolio of other tests and, where appropriate, can develop specific tests and analytical suites for your business.

Code

Product

Price

TST00249

Non-Elutable Matter (NEM)

TST00259

Oil (In Oilseeds)

TST00248

Erucic Acid

TST00248

Fatty Acid Profile

TST00249

Non-Elutable Matter (NEM, Incl. Fatty Acid Profile)

TST00247

Free Fatty Acids (Fat)

TL00101

Free Fatty Acids (Feed)

TST00263

Peroxide Value (Fat)

TST00263

Peroxide Value (Feed)

TST00250

Impurities

TST00248

Linoleic Acid

TST00251

Melting Point

TST00260

Oxidised Fatty Acids

TST00299

Volatile Fatty Acid (VFA) Profile (incl. ethanol, propanol, acetic, proprionic, iso-butyric, n-butyric, iso-valeric, n-valeric, heptanoic, hexanoic)

 

Minerals & Heavy Metals Analysis

The laboratory provides a comprehensive range of analysis employing state-of-the-art Inductively Coupled Plasma – Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES) methodology for the most accurate and precise analysis of minerals in a range of substances from feed and forage to animal health supplements.

In addition to the minerals that are of interest from a nutritional perspective, we also test for undesirable elements such as lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic and fluoride. We use Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectroscopy(ICP-MS), ion-selective electrode and Atomic Absorption Fluorescence Spectroscopy (AA-FS) to analyse down to the low levels required to meet customers’ due diligence obligations.

Listed below are some of the most widely used tests. In addition to these Sciantec has an extensive portfolio of other tests and, where appropriate, can develop specific tests and analytical suites for your business. 

Code

Product

Price

TST00549

Boron

TST00550

Total Carbon

MINERALS & SALT

TST00180

ICP preparation charge

No code

ANY ELEMENT FROM THE FOLLOWING LIST: Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc

TST00169

Aluminium

TST00192

Available Phosphorus (Including Phytate and Phosphorus)

TST00634

Cobalt

TST00175

Chromium

TST00182

Iodine

TST00636

Molybdenum

TST00191

Nickel

TST00193

Phytate Phosphorus

TST00189

Salt (Chloride)

TST00640

Selenium

TST00493

Sulphur

TST00201

Tin

TST00202

Titanium Dioxide

HEAVY METALS

TST00172

Arsenic

TST00638

Cadmium

TST00654

Fluoride

TST00637

Lead

TST00639

Mercury

 

Vitamin Analysis

Having a large number of HPLC systems, Sciantec is able to offer an extensive list of vitamin assays, including the thirteen most commonly classed as vitamins substances, the four that are fat soluble (A,D,E and K) and the nine that are water-soluble (8 B vitamins and vitamin C).

Listed below are some of the most widely used tests. In addition to these Sciantec has an extensive portfolio of other tests and, where appropriate, can develop specific tests and analytical suites for your business.

Code

Product

Price

TST00349

Vitamin B4 (Cholin)

TST00005

Betaine

TST00471

Choline

TST00359

Vitamin A

TST00361

Vitamin E

TL00129

Vitamin A and E

TST00351

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

TST00353

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

TST00354

Vitamin B3 (Niacin or Niacinamide)

TST00355

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)

TST00356

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine, Pyridoxal, or Pyridoxamine)

TST00348

Vitamin B7 (Biotin)/ Vitamin H

TST00350

Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)

TST00352

Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)

TST00360

Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)

TST00358

Vitamin D3 (Cholicalciferol)

TST00362

Vitamin K (Menadione)

 

Amino Acids & Pigments Analysis

Sciantec provides a rapid, comprehensive and knowledgeable amino acid and amino acid profiling service using the most current HPLC and dedicated amino acid systems across a wide range of sample types. The standard amino acid profile comprises seventeen amino acids, including the essential amino acids lysine, methionine and cysteine. Amino acids that are not included in the standard profile, such as tryptophan and taurine, are also available as single analyte analyses.

Listed below are some of the most widely used tests. In addition to these Sciantec has an extensive portfolio of other tests and, where appropriate, can develop specific tests and analytical suites for your business.

Code

Product

Price

AMINO ACIDS

TST00001

Amino Acid Profile (excluding Tryptophan)

TST00001

Lysine

TST00001

Methionine

TST00512

Taurine

TST00001

Threonine

TST00019

Tryptophan

TST00001

Histidine

TST00039

Alimet / Rhodimet

No code

Other individual amino acids

PIGMENTS

TST00476

Astaxanthin

TST00288

Betacarotene

TST00477

Canthaxanthin (Lucantin Red)

TST00290

Citranaxanthin

TST00586

Lutein

TST00587

Zeaxanthin

No code

Other Pigments

 

Medicinal Additives

Sciantec provides a comprehensive range of in-feed and in premix medication assays, both at residue and at recovery levels, covering the majority of those in use in the animal nutrition industry. We also undertake analysis of pharmaceutical samples and premixes to Pharmacopoeia, in-house or to client’s own methods.

Listed below are some of the most widely used tests. In addition to these we can offer an extensive portfolio of other tests and, where appropriate, can develop specific tests and analytical suites for your business.

Code

Product

Price

TST00040

Amoxycillin

TST00050

Fenbendazole

TST00599

Lasalocid (PMX)

TST00518

Monensin Residue

TST00057

Nicarb PMX

TST00058

Nicarbazin Residue

TST00513

Oxytetracycline Residue (OTC)

TST00585

Oxytetracycline Hydrochloride

TST00516

Penicillin V Residue

TST00514

Salinomycin Residue

TST00515

Tiamulin Residue

TST00519

Tilmicosin Residue

TST00520

Tylosin Residue

TST00048

Chlortetracycline (CTC)

TST00049

Decoquinate

TST00052

Flubendazole

TST00053

Ionophore Presence

TST00054

Lasalocid

TST00055

Monensin

TST00056

Narasin

TST00059

Nicarbazin

TST00060

Oxytetracycline

TST00061

Penicillin Pot. Phenoxy

TST00494

Robenidine HCL

TST00063

Salinomycin

TST00064

Sulphadiazine

TST00068

Tiamulin

TST00442

Tilmicosin

TST00070

Trimethoprim

TST00071

Tylosin

 

Pesticides & Undesirable Substances Tests

Sciantec offers testing for a range of undesirable substances/contaminants to satisfy customers’ accreditation and due diligence requirements and to ensure that their products are ‘suitable and acceptable materials’ to enter the food chain.

Details of the tests available for a range of these substances are listed below. The test for heavy metals and mycotoxins are listed separately. For all other undesirable substances please enquire as Sciantec has an extensive portfolio of other tests and, where appropriate, can develop specific tests and analytical suites for your business. 

Code

Product

Price

PESTICIDE RESIDUES

TST00327

Pesticide Residues (Feeding Stuffs Regulations)

UNDESIRABLE SUBSTANCES

TST00363

Biogenic Amines (Cadaverine, Histamine, Putrescine, Spermidine, Spermine, Tyramine)

TST00499

Isothiocyanate (ITC)

TST00043

Caffeine

TST00670

Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) Triple Screen

TST00581

Poly Aromatic Hydrocarbons

TL00128

Caffeine and Theobromine

TST00342

Equine Feed Contamination Screen (caffeine, hordenine, theobromine morphine, hyoscine, atropine)

TST00343

Glucosinolates by HPLC

TST00345

Tannin

TST00066

Theobromine

TST00346

TIA (Trypsin Inhibitor Activity)

TST00271

PCR testing (GMO) Quantitative (additional test following a GMO Qualitative if need is to quantify)

TST00271

PCR testing (GM0) Qualitative (limit test 0.9%)

TST00334

Dioxins and Dioxin-like PCBs

 

Mycotoxins Analysis

The laboratory conducts a comprehensive range of quantifiable, rapid and accurate analytical suites covering both general and specific mycotoxin testing. Two techniques are employed, ELISA and HPLC. HPLC provides a more detailed analysis of the individual mycotoxins such as the breakdown of aflatoxin into its major components B1, B2, G1, G2, and offers lower limits of detection.

Listed below are some of the most widely used tests provided by the laboratory. If you have specific requirements or the mycotoxins that you are interested in are not detailed below, then please contact us.

Code

Product

Price

TST00328

Aflatoxins (B1 B2 G1 G2) by HPLC

TST00330

Aflatoxins (Total) by ELISA

TST00336

Deoxynivalenol (Vomitoxin) by HPLC

TST00335

Deoxynivalenol (DON) by ELISA

TST00502

Ochratoxin by HPLC

TST00338

Ochratoxin by ELISA

TST00504

T2 by HPLC

TST00340

T2 by ELISA

TST00505

Fumonisin by HPLC

TST00337

Fumonisin by ELISA

TST00503

Zearalenone by HPLC

TST00341

Zearalenone by ELISA

TL00117

Mycotoxin 5 screen by ELISA (incl. aflatoxin, ochratoxin, DON, T2, zearalenone)

TL00118

Mycotoxin 6 Screen by ELISA (includes above + fumonisin)

 

Microbiology Analysis

The company’s well-equipped and recently expanded microbiology section offers a rapid and comprehensive testing service routinely testing premixes, animal feed, feed ingredients, forages, composts, swabs and water for a wide range of pathogens and spoilage bacteria. We have been approved by DEFRA for the testing of Salmonella and Enterobacteriaceae for over 20 years.

In addition to the routine analysis of feed materials, we also offer a Bioaerosol testing service with Bioaerosol plates delivered to customers designated sites, please enquire for details.

Listed below are some of the most widely used tests. In addition to these Sciantec has an extensive portfolio of other tests and, where appropriate, can develop specific tests and analytical suites for your business.

Code

Product

Price

TST00649

Entero (Swabs)

TST00656

Listeria Monoctogenes

TST00574

Clostridium - Sulphate Reducing Clostridia

TST00598

Ecoli (PAS110)

TST00461/462

Actinomycetes-37degC/42degC

TST00495

Antimicrobial Inhibitors

TST00460

Aspergillus fumigatus

TST00139

Aspergillus spp.

TST00141

Clostridium ABPR

TST00142

Clostridium perfringens

TST00145

Coliforms

TST00148

E.coli

TST00152

Enterococci spp.

TST00151

Enterobacteriaceae

TST00582

Enterobacteriaceae ABPR

TST00467

Gram Negative Bacteria

TST00155

Mould Count

TST00480

Mould Identification

TST00435

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

TST00157

Pseudomonas spp.

TST00159

Salmonella ABPR

TST00162

Salmonella in Feed

TST00479

Thermophillic Actinomycetes

TST00478

Total Bacteria Count

TST00436

Total Mould Count 37degC

TST00167

Total Viable Count (TVC) Aerobic

TST00164

Total Viable Count (TVC) Anaerobic

TST00130

Yeasts and Moulds

TST00168

Yeasts

 

NIR Analysis

Sciantec is one of a small number of companies that offers UKAS accredited Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR) for customers requiring rapid routine analysis of raw materials and finished products.

The laboratory also plays an active role in the development, maintenance and validation of customers' own on-site NIR instruments. Please email us if you are interested in finding out more about this service.

Code

Product

Price

TST00209

NIR in Feed (Moisture, Oil(A), Oil(B), Crude Protein, Crude Fibre, Starch, Sugar, NDAF, NCGD)

 

To discuss your specific requirements and allow Sciantec to prepare a tailored proposal for your business, please ring 01757 242400 in office hours or email us.