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Sound Science for Forages

Farmers need accurate information about the nutritional values of their forages, which makes forage analysis an essential farm management tool. By testing forage on a regular basis throughout the season, the ration can be kept finely tuned and its usage maximised effectively.

With minerals making up 3% to 5% of an animal’s bodyweight, it is equally important to obtain an accurate analysis of mineral content so that farmers can ensure the correct mineral balance in their animals’ diet.

Sciantec has over 30 years experience in testing forages for nutrition and minerals.

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

Key Analysis & Tests

Grass, Forage, Hay, Haylage Analysis

Sciantec has many years of experience in testing forages for nutrition and minerals and is a founder member of the Forage Analysis Assurance group (FAA). In addition to traditional wet chemistry 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 forages.

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

FN02

Fresh Grass

FN03

Grass Silage

FN06

Maize Silage

FN08

Wholecrop Silage

FN07

Alkalage

TST00299

VFA's (incl. ethanol, propanol, acetic, proprionic, iso-butyric, n-butyric, iso-valeric, n-valeric, heptanoic, hexanoic)

FN04

Hay/Haylage

FN01

Crimped Grain

FW03

Fermentation Products by Wet Chemistry

FM03

Dietary Minerals + Iodine (P, Mg, Ca, Na, K, Mn, Cu, Zn, Se, Co, Fe, Al, Mo, S, Pb, Cl, I)

FM01

Cation-Anion Balance (CAB)

 

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)

 

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

 

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.