Most agricultural producers will harvest their forages and store them in silos and bunkers until they are ready to be fed. Some wet forages – such as haylage and corn silage – ferment while in storage over a period. Haylage and corn silage are forage materials and corn plants, respectively, that are partially dried and chopped for storage. Forages show wide variations in nutritional content, and frequent and accurate analysis is key to properly optimizing animal rations
Near infrared (NIR) technology is an important tool to help producers determine forage quality by measuring dry matter, crude protein, crude fiber, NDF, ADF, ADP, and other parameters to help formulate their forages before feeding. University researchers, forage testing laboratories, and production sites, all use NIR technology as vital tool to analyze forage quality.
KPM Analytics has decades of experience providing NIR solutions to the agriculture industry to help producers make data-driven decisions with quantifiable measurements of forage quality parameters. NIR analysis can produce 20 or more compositional property values in less than a minute from dried ground forage samples with an accuracy rivaling wet chemistry methods but offering superior repeatability.
This technology can help producers better manage the diet of their livestock, leading to a healthy and profitable livestock operation.