Instant on-site animal feed analyzer

Name: Instant on-site animal feed analyzer 

Cost: From CAD$9200 

Available at manufacturers’ websites

Intended use

The on-site feed analyzer is a portable NIR (Near Infra-Red) analyzer of feed ingredients and compound feed on the farm or feed mill level. A real-time feed analysis provides reliable input into a robust feed formulation system. The device can measure moisture, protein, starch, fiber, ash, and oil. The device has been calibrated to analyze the following ingredients and compound feeds: wheat, wheat middlings, corn, barley, DDGS (Dried Distillers Grains), fishmeal, oat, broiler feed, layer feed, beef feed, sheep feed, pig feed, rapeseed, rapeseed meal, soybean, soybean meal, soybean hulls, full-fat soya, sunflower seed, sunflower meal, rice bran, biscuit meal, cotton meal, cottonseed cake, corn germ meal, corn gluten meal, calf feed, and dairy feed. For running analysis on other ingredients, check the manufacturer’s website (link) to see if calibration database is available.

Using the device

The device calibration models are designed to best predict consistently ground samples up to a particle size of less than 3mm. This can be achieved using various grinders following the manufacturer’s recommended procedure. However, careful consideration should be given to what material must be ground, the volumes required, and the heat produced. Samples should be scanned at room temperature (18 to 24 °C). To use the device, follow the following steps:

  1. Connect your Scanner with the mobile app
  2. Perform background measurement
  3. Place the scanner on top of your sample
  4. Start scanning 
  5. Move the scanner to another spot of the sample and scan again
  6. Repeat step 5 five times
  7. Wait for the results‍

Based on the nutrients values obtained by the NIR device, real-time adjustments to feed formulation can be applied to get the level of nutrients you need in your diet.

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