The Importance of Livestock Nutrition

Nutrient analysis is essential to commercial livestock operations

Nutrient and ingredient testing make up a substantial portion of the workload of an analytical lab.  While the focus is predominantly on testing food, beverage, or nutraceutical products intended for human consumption, it is a lesser known fact that testing livestock feed is also important to ensure the animals are getting the appropriate quantities of nutrients necessary to keep them healthy.

For ranchers or farmers maintaining large numbers of livestock, ensuring the herd is adequately supported in terms of the quantity and quality of feed is an absolute necessity.  As an example, dairy cows require a carefully calculated ration of food rich with the nutrients necessary to ensure premium cow health and optimal milk production.