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Does a calculated ration actually produce the milk production as expected? Until recently, this only became clear after a few weeks, when milk production lagged behind or the health of the cows declined. In the meantime, you have already made a few ration adjustments and still the results are disappointing. 

Ration Check brings an end to these woes. By analyzing the mixed ration, you know whether the calculated values are actually at the feed fence. A secure feeling! Thanks to NIRS analysis it is possible to obtain a lot of information about the composition of mixed rations and silages in a low cost way. The mineral analyses are performed chemically. It is not possible to calculate feed values reliably and therefore they are not reported.

Sampling

The sample should be a good reflection of the total ration. Therefore take a quantity of about 1-1.5 kg in one go. If the mixture if well mixed, this will give a good impression. Put this mixture directly into a plastic bag; do not collect the sample in a bucket first, as this can cause segregation. Products such as soy will often remain at the bottom of the bucket and therefore the packed material should be placed directly into the sample bag. Squeeze all the air out of the bag and make it round and hard like a ball. Then seal it tightly and ship the sample.