Forage Analysis


Updated: 24th May 2021

When creating a diet for your horse or pony it may be beneficial to have your conserved forage analysed, especially if they are laminitis prone or suffer from condition where diet plays an important role. We do not offer a fresh grass analysis service.

NIR Analysis – For grass hay and haylage

This analysis is suitable for hay, wrapped hay and haylage and gives a basic overview of the nutritional quality of the forage. If you would like to test a soaked hay or an alternative forage that isn’t grass, please see the Wet Chemistry section.

The sugar value reported in the basic analysis is an approximation by the Luff Schoorl method extracting sugar in 40% ethanol. This sugar value reports on the simple sugars, disaccharides, and some short chain fructan. If you are trying to establish the suitability of the conserved forage for a laminitis prone individual, we would suggest adding on the Wet Chemistry tests for WSC and Starch to calculate non-structural carbohydrate intake.

£30 – Basic Analysis NIR – this service will include digestible energy, sugar, protein, oil, NDF, ADF and ash.

Wet Chemistry Analysis – For hay, soaked hay, haylage and other conserved forages

Wet Chemistry is a more appropriate analysis to use for soaked hays or forages that are not conserved grass, such as straw. Some tests including WSC, Starch and Minerals are only available using Wet Chemistry.

£91 Basic Analysis Wet Chemistry – this service with include digestible energy, protein, oil, Ash, ADF and NDF

£37 – WSC analysis – this service is for water soluble carbohydrate analysis only.

£28 – Starch analysis – this service is for starch analysis only.

£45 – for analysis of minerals only which will include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, chloride, potassium, sulphur, copper, iron, manganese, cobalt, zinc and selenium. In addition to this CAB levels will be identified.

For the full set of Wet Chemistry analysis, we will charge you £176 saving £25.

Getting a representative sample

Results can only give a good approximation of what is in your forage if a good representative sample from your forage is taken in the first instance. We suggest taking samples from several bales if practically possible and mixing them together to take the final sample. As a guide we need approximately ½ a carrier bag sized sample.

Sending your sample & Payment

Postage is at your own cost. Please exclude as much air as possible prior to packing. Try to send your sample at the beginning of the week to avoid it sitting in the post over the weekend. Please send your sample including details of the forage type and services required and your contact details in a covering letter to the following address: Dengie Crops Ltd, Howells Farm, Maypole Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4SY

Please include a cheque made payable to Dengie Crops Ltd.

How long will the analysis take?

Please allow 2 weeks for the NIR analysis and up to 1 month for all other services. At busy times it may take longer.

Is the report easy to understand?

Yes- we interpret the results for you in an easy-to-read report that compares your forage to typical UK forage. Furthermore once you have your results if you would like to provide us with all of the details about your horse by completing our Feed Advice Form stating that you have received a forage analysis and would like a ration evaluation, we can carry out a full ration evaluation to show you what this forage is contributing to your horse’s requirements.