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Range Cattle Research & Education Center

Range Cattle Research & Education Center

Forage Extension Laboratory

Forage samples will be received daily, and results reported about two weeks from the date the sample is received. The report will contain crude protein and total digestible nutrients (TDN). The cost of the sample will be $7.

Properly collecting and identifying a forage sample is very important. Hay samples should be taken with a core where the sampler is driven into the end of a rectangular bale, or the rounded side of a round bale. Several cores should be combined in one composite sample. Each cutting should be sampled and analyzed. Pastures can be collected by "hand-plucked" samples, or cut with scissors from different places around the pasture. Samples should be sent to the laboratory immediately after they are placed in a plastic bag.

Mail your completed form, sample, and payment (made out to the University of Florida) to:

Forage Extension Laboratory - Range Cattle REC
3401 Experiment Station
Ona, FL 33865

Remember, your results are only as good as your sample. For questions, please contact Dr. Joao Vendramini at (863) 374-7055, or