Sample Prep: Analab analyzes over 70,000 samples annually. Samples currently arrive from North America, Europe and Asia. Instrumentation (NIR and X-ray analyses) is completed the same day as sample arrival (By 8 p.m. CST) and, if needed, any remaining wet chemistry is performed and completed by 8 a.m. the following day.
Sample Dry Technology: Unique drying technology is used to maintain the integrity of the sample (no burning of the sample occurs). Wet forage samples (up to 0.5 lb. per sample) are dried and ready for grinding in 90 minutes.
Near Infrared Technology (NIR): All calibrations are produced, maintained and managed by Analab, other labs outsource their calibration sets. Calibrations are always being updated to reflect new crop genetics, geographical areas, and environmental conditions. Up to 60 individual analyses can be performed on some sample matrices.
X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF): XRF is currently used to analyze 12 elements – Al, Ca, Cl, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, P, S and Zn – on forages and grains. Allows for direct anion/cation balancing of Agri-King client diets.
Wet Chemistry: See pricing for available testing capabilities.
Analab’s professional staff continues to gain an understanding of:
The complex interactions of minerals. What is the relationship of each mineral to another and how do these interactions affect energy and protein utilization?
Molecular technology to determine the most effective bacteria and enzymes in forage fermentation, preservation and Direct Fed Microbial (DFM) feed additives.
Optimal feed efficiency for a cleaner environment via the reduction of animal waste.
The impact of proportions and types of end products of fermentation on absorption and efficient nutrient utilization.
Utilize X-Ray Spectrometer for analyzing minerals
Keep artificial rumens alive past 30 days. Those rumens are still viable today (since inception in 1994).
Develop NIR calibration sets for amino acids
Routinely analyze for electrolytes to balance cation/anion ratios
Identify In Vitro Dry Matter Digestibility (IVDMD) in forages