SYNLAB Food Institute offers you an extensive program of analysis and expert consultation for issues relating to fodder and animal feed.
Our experts support you as follows:
- recommendations on the analysis scope for individual and compound fodder
- quality-assured analysis of your samples
- consultation and support in the rollout of a quality management program (QA, GMP+, AMA Pastus+)
- analysis within the framework of various monitoring programs (QA, GMP+, etc.)
- consultation on feeding with accompanying analysis in regard to performance-specific portioning
General analysis to determine the calorific and nutritional value
Ideal nutrition for farm livestock and pets requires knowledge of the nutrient, active component and energy requirements.
Fodder cannot be used meaningfully without knowledge of its composition. Detailed information on the nutrient composition and the calorific value requires analysis of the individual feed materials, i.e. the portions/mixtures.
We offer nutrient analyses for feed materials.
The nutrient analysis can then be taken to calculate the nutritional value of the fodder according to current food laws.
Minerals, vitamins and amino acids
Minerals are essential substances that the organism cannot produce endogenously. Analysis can provide information on the current supply status.
They include bulk elements:
- calcium (Ca)
- potassium (K)
- magnesium (Mg)
- phosphorous (P)
- sodium (Na)
- chlorine (Cl)
- sulfur (S)
and trace elements:
- cobalt (Co)
- iron (Fe)
- copper (Cu)
- manganese (Mn)
- molybdenum (Mo)
- selenium (Se)
- silicon (Si)
- vanadium (V)
- zinc (Zn)
- fluorine (F)
- iodine (I)
2. Amino acid in fodder
Production of animal protein has an essential function within farm livestock. The amino acid requirements differ, depending on the species, physiological maturity and performance. Pronounced fluctuation in raw protein and amino acid contents in plant raw materials may occur according to the types, years of harvest and batches.
Amino acid fluctuation ranges in selected protein carriers are shown in the following table, based on lysine as an example.
||0,27 - 0,58 (MW = 0,39)
|Soy meal extract
||2,32 - 3,17 (MW = 2,87)
|Rape meal extract
||1,07 - 2,23 (MW = 1,81)
WHY IS ANALYSIS SENSIBLE?
It is necessary to be aware of the actual amino acid content in the raw materials in order to prepare an efficient and needs-based calculation of amino acid content in the mix. This knowledge will give you confidence in a decision on using synthetic amino acids. An undersupply of amino acids or a deficient amino acid/energy balance can precipitate latent and acute underperformance and lead to higher fodder costs. An oversupply of raw protein or individual amino acids is inefficient and increases nitrogen content in the manure.
OUR SERVICE FOR YOU
- Analysis of the complete amino acid spectrum with particular attention to the first limiting amino acids lysine, methionine, cysteine, threonine and tryptophan.
- Individual solutions for sampling and sample transport.
- Monitoring of the sampling cycles.
Vitamins are essential compounds for the physiology of most animals, which the organism needs for its vital functions. Vitamins must be included in daily nutrient intake.
Vitamins are classified either as fat-soluble vitamins (e.g. A, E, D and K) or water-soluble vitamins (B vitamins, vitamin C, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, biotin), although they do not possess uniform chemical structures.
There are other substances as well that exhibit similarities with vitamins. A good example is taurine, which is used in cat food.
We would gladly advise you on the vitamin content in your fodder!
Contaminants and residues
Contaminants and microbial contamination
The term contaminants describes chemical substances that are not added to fodder deliberately. These substances can enter the fodder at different stages of production, processing or transport, or they may result from environmental pollution. Contaminants may present a risk to human and animal health.
Moreover, fodder may be contaminated by microorganisms that influence the quality of the fodder (e.g. spoilage) and hence can impair the subsequent health of the animal.
- Mould toxins/mycotoxins (deoxinivalenol (DON), zearalenone (ZEA), ochratoxin A, fumonisins, aflatoxins, etc.)
Drinking water analyses
Analysis of drinking water is performed according to the guidance provided by the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the initiative ‘Tierwohl’. This involves microbial and physicochemical analysis.
Additional analyses for silage
The following parameters are measured to determine the silage performance:
- pH-value and ammoniac
- Fermentation acids: acetic acid, butyric acid, propionic acid and lactic acid
An analysis for alcohol and nitrate is also offered.