Taking A Sample

Mycotoxins are not usually spread evenly throughout feed materials, so it is important to take a representative sample for analysis.  Poor sampling will lead to unreliable results.

To ensure you have the best quality sample for analysis, follow the instructions below for your feed material.

Samples should be stored in a refrigerator until they are dispatched.  It is important to remove the air from the sample bag and to keep the sample cold to prevent mould growth.

  1. Place a handful of feed in to a clean bucket.

  2. Repeat this 9 more times, taking feed from several areas.

  3. Mix the feed in the bucket for approximately 10 seconds.

  4. Place approximately 100 g - 150 g of feed into a clear sealable bag.  Remove as much air as possible and seal.  If possible, vacuum seal the bag.

  5. Label the bag with the sample reference and a description.  Eg. Wheat Grains.

  6. Place this bag into a shipping envelope or box.

  7. Dispatch the sample as soon as possible for analysis.

  1. Place a handful of forage in to a clean bucket.

  2. Repeat this 9 more times, taking material from across the whole face of the clamp, or along the length of a conveyer if feeding out of a silo.

  3. Mix the feed in the bucket for approximately 10 seconds.

  4. Place approximately 100 g - 150 g of feed into a clear sealable bag.  Remove as much air as possible and seal.  If possible, vacuum seal the bag.

  5. Label the bag with the sample reference and a description.  Eg. Maize Silage.

  6. Place this bag into a shipping envelope or box.

  7. Dispatch the sample as soon as possible for analysis.

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