forage sample, accuracy, livestock production, feeding programs, ration
Successful livestock production depends largely on the feeding program; and what you should feed depends on an accurate analysis of the forage portion of your ration. The accuracy of forage analysis depends on the sample that you send to the lab. Samples must be representative of the feeds being fed. Poor sampling will result in misleading values, higher feed costs, and reduced performance. In many feeding programs, the sample is the weak link. The results of the lab tests will be useful only if the sample accurately represents what your animals will be eating. Keep in mind that every field and every cutting will be different.
Owens, Myers and Thiex, Nancy, "Take an Accurate Forage Sample" (2002). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 102.