A forage-testing program that provides complimentary and discounted Dietary Cation-Anion Difference (DCAD) forage-test analyses to dairy nutritionists and producers started last week.

The Arm & Hammer Forage Testing Program is hosted by Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition, partnering with Cumberland Valley Analytical Services, Inc.; Dairyland Laboratories, Inc.; and Rock River Laboratory, Inc. It will run from May 15 to Sept. 30 and is valid on the first 750 coupons submitted per lab partner. The labs will conduct wet chemistry analysis, measuring levels of potassium, sodium, chloride and sulfur.

“A properly balanced ration DCAD ensures each cow is receiving the nutrients needed for optimal production, health and reproductive performance without overfeeding, says Mike Cain with Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition. “We encourage nutritionists and producers to test forages to know exact ration DCAD levels.”

To take part in the program, visit Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition to complete an online order form. In return, participants will automatically receive forage-testing coupons to print and submit with forage samples to one of the three partnering labs. Producers can submit up to three samples each.