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November 5, 2021 Health & Production

What We’re Reading | How to sample feeds

By Lisa Guenther, Editor, Canadian Cattlemen

While high nitrates in feeds are more commonly seen in frost-touched plants, Saskatchewan Agriculture staff have been seeing high levels in drought-stressed crops this summer, highlighting the importance of feed testing this fall.

“We’ve seen a really wide variety of test results come in, some as high as five per cent (for nitrates), which is incredibly difficult to manage, especially if you don’t know that in advance,” says Jenay Werle.

Werle, a livestock and feed specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture in Yorkton, says whether the feed is in the form of bales, silage or dry feed, it’s important to gather representative samples for feed testing.

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