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Quality results will be useful only if the sample represents what the animals will eat. Therefore, take a good random sample from each lot (forage taken from the same cutting at the same stage of maturity, the same forage species and variety, from the same field at the same time). Remember that the small sample collected may represent several tons of forage. Note the location of each lot in the barn or silo for easy reference when feeding.
Hay samples should be kept in a cool place while haylage and silage samples should be kept frozen in an airtight container until sent and then should be mailed in insulated bags - preferably early in the week - to prevent bacterial decay which might change the results. Remember that the results will only be as good as the sample taken. Follow the above steps to collect a representative sample for quality analysis.
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