Sunday, August 31, 2014

Second Set of NIRS Reports

Pooled fecal samples were collected on August 7, 14, and 20 to determine the nutritive content of the diet that the goats were consuming. The samples were sent to the Grazingland Animal Nutrition (GAN) Lab in Temple, Texas, for analysis.

The GAN Lab uses near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to evaluate the forage component of the diet and predict the quality of the grass and hay the animals were consuming for the past 36 to 48 hours. The analyses do not reflect supplements that may have been fed. 

During August, the goats were supplemented with 0.5 to 0.75 lbs. of soy hulls per head per day. They grazed predominantly warm season annual grasses and legumes.

CP:  crude protein
DOM:  digestible organic matter (energy)
FN:  fecal nitrogen
FP:  fecal phophorus

Source:  NIRS Report, Grazingland Animal Nutrition Lab, 8.26.14