Fungal culture and enumeration monitors hygiene levels in forages, feeds and bedding samples, giving clients a quantitative value for pathogenic and non-pathogenic mould presence.
Taking a water sample
The analytical result is only as good as the sample submitted for analysis. Collecting a representative sample is the first step of the analytical procedure.
Hay & haylage: Different types, cuttings or lots should be analysed separately. Take at least a handful from at least 5 bales selected at random. Combine all the samples and submit as one sample for analysis. The sample should weigh at least 100g.
Grass: Randomly select between 15–20 sites on a ‘W’ formation across the field where the animals have been grazing and clip at grazing height. Combine in a clean plastic bucket and mix. Take at least 500g and pack tightly in a plastic bag and submit sample as fresh as possible.
Grains & mixed feeds: Bulk loads: Randomly collect around 10 samples as the grain is discharged and combine in a clean plastic bucket. Submit at least 500g for analysis. Bags: Collect samples from as many different areas of the bag(s) as possible, mixing if possible to ensure a good representative sample is taken. Submit at least 100g for analysis.
Forage, feed, bedding samples
Nutrition quality request form
Environment & Nutrition
Mycotoxin analysis, Nutritional analysis, Mineral analysis
Irish Equine Centre, Johnstown, Naas, County Kildare, Ireland. Eircode: W91 RH93