A procedure aimed at increasing the accuracy of sampling corn silage and other forages is being recommended by Agri-Nutrition Consulting LLC (ANC). The company’s method advocates that producers sample at feeding time to provide the most accuracy. The equipment needed: a five-gallon bucket, one-gallon Ziploc bags, a drywall knife and laboratory sample bags. The following photos show the step-by-step procedure.
For information on why silage sampling techniques are important for formulating dairy rations, see the June 9 issue of Feedstuffs, our sister publication.
University of Wisconsin Extension also offers recommendations for sampling from bunker silos and other feed storage solutions.