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2.15.17 - The new Comprehensive Nutrition Analysis can paint a more complete ration pictureComplete Picture

The most inclusive Near-Infrared (NIR) nutrition analysis on the market is now available from Rock River Laboratory. The Comprehensive Nutrition Analysis package offers users a new vision toward optimizing herd performance. Providing advanced and accurate dietary analyses, this new package fills in the gaps and helps your team garner greater insight on ration performance to improve diet formulation. View a full spectrum of starch digestion information, Total Fatty Acids, and Total Amino Acids all on an easy-to-read results report. Learn more here. Try out the new Comprehensive Nutrition Analysis today by including it on your Feed Analysis Request form or selecting it within the FeedScan sample submission app. 

12.13.16 - Feed analysis trends and depleted animal health are highlighting detrimental feed quality; TMR Hygiene Rock River Laboratory is here to help

The Rock River Laboratory technical nutrition team is observing concerning levels of anti-nutritional factors within Total Mixed Rations (TMRs). These observations from sample analyses, combined with ongoing calls regarding reduced cattle performance, sick animals and even some fatalities have driven the creation of the TMR Hygiene Diagnostic package. This new analysis package has been created to help both Rock River Laboratory’s nutritionist partners and their customers quickly and efficiently identify and combat the detrimental effects of the broad spectrum of anti-nutritional (mycotoxins, nutrition, bacteria and stress – Figure 1) prevalence across the US. The Midwest corn crop and harvest was challenged by the likes of stalk and ear rots (molds), yeast, and mycotoxins (Vomitoxin (DON) and other toxins). Rock River Laboratory is recognizing heavy anti-nutrition factor concentrations within many corn based feeds and TMRs.  These factors combined with other negative nutrition (i.e. lesser than ideal rumen starch digestion) and/or stress factors may compromise cattle health and performance.

Nutritionists and producers suspecting any opportunities in this realm should consider the TMR Hygiene Diagnostic package, which combines several items from the Rock River Laboratory portfolio to assist in narrowing down the culprits and to help lead users to the root of these problems – hopefully in time to proactively avoid animal health challenges. The new TMR Hygiene Diagnosis package includes: 

  • Mold, yeast, and Vomitoxin (DON) count
    • Mold identification
  • Clostridium perfringens (C. perfringens) and other enterobacteria count
  • TMR Nutrient Analysis
  • Wet chemistry Rumen Starch Digestion 

Package cost: $140 ($50 off the list price)

Those interested in running this analysis on samples should write “TMR Hygiene Diagnostic” on their Feed Analysis Request Form. FeedScan users can select ‘TMR Hygiene Diagnostic’ under the Mold/ Toxin heading within the app. 

Results will be reported within 10 business days following the samples receipt. Upon receipt, nutrition consultants and producers who would like further support are welcome call Rock River Laboratory’s technical nutrition team. 

12.12.16 - Rock River Laboratory Northeast offers new sample pickup route

Rock River Laboratory is excited to announce the start of our New York Convenience Route for sample pick up! Convenience Routes connect Rock River Laboratory sample drop boxes at various business locations throughout the service region to save customers time and the headaches associated with sample submission. The Rock River Laboratory team is picking up samples nightly, Monday through Friday, at the locations and estimated times mapped and detailed here

Mycotoxin Distribution Report11.23.16 - Mycotoxin distribution reaches concerning levels this fall 2016

Rock River Laboratory’s latest toxin analyses report covering all feed types and TMRs from October 1st through November 18th showcases high levels of certain mycotoxins. Dairy and livestock producers should work with their nutritionists to pay special attention to compounding factors that can introduce or encourage toxins and review guidelines for safe and toxic levels. Download the Mycotoxin Distribution report here: Mycotoxin Distributions.

Review Rock River Laboratory’s guidelines for toxin levels here:

11.14.16 - Rock River Laboratory’s overseas brand presence grows as calibrations stay consistent

Rock River Laboratory-Europe has opened its doors in the village of Heiddorf in the district of Ludwigslust, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The new laboratory stands to assist dairy cattle and equine owners, and their nutritionists, analyze feedstuffs to make informed decisions for optimal ration building. Offering both Near Infrared (NIR) and wet chemistry analysis, Rock River Laboratory–Europe also touts the added value of a proprietary, cloud-based calibration management system that seamlessly provides access to the same accurate prediction equation database employed by each of the existing Rock River Laboratory locations. Thanks to this new technology, whether customers send a sample to Rock River Laboratory in Wooster, Ohio, Watertown, Wis., or Heiddorf, Germany, they will get the same research-founded analysis results.   

Now serving Germany, Rock River Laboratory-Europe looks to the future with considerations for regional expansion. To kick off this exciting new venture, Rock River Laboratory-Europe will be exhibiting at the upcoming EuroTier, the world’s leading trade show for animal husbandry and livestock management. Please join us in welcoming the new Rock River Laboratory-Europe team to the Rock River Laboratory family. 

11.7.16 - There are soil sampling options - make sure to identify and utilize the right one for your farm operation

Three popular methods for soil sample collection have emerged at the forefront of the industry: 5-acre conventional sampling, 5-acre grid sampling, and 2.5-acre grid sampling. However, two overarching types of sampling are typically compared: grid sampling versus conventional.  So how do you or you and your customers decide which method is best for each operation? Check out the blog for our tips on how to decide what’s best for you or your customers: Which soil sampling scheme is right for your operation?

10.25.16 - Recommendations to optimize quality, stability and cleanliness of this year’s challenging corn crop

The 2016 corn harvest is underway, albeit slowly and riddled with extremely challenging weather conditions across the upper Midwestern U.S. Much of Wisconsin (and the Midwest) have experienced two or more inches of rain, beyond normal rainfall totals per year. With these conditions in place, we’ve put together insights and expectations for producers and their consultants to consider for feed quality, stability and cleanliness from this 2016 corn crop harvested as corn silage, snaplage, high moisture or dry corn: Soggy harvest wreaks havoc on silage, high moisture, and dry corn

Rock River Laboratory offers new total anti-nutritional package for this challenging 2016 harvest

In an effort to help our industry as it faces major anti-nutritional challenges in this wet fall harvest, Rock River Laboratory will be offering a new, limited-time analysis package, combining: mold and yeast count and identification, plus Vomitoxin (DON) screening. This analysis package will come with a reduced price of $55 ($75 value) through December 31st, 2016. Call our team to learn more and reference the ‘Mold, yeast and toxin’ package to receive this analysis on your next sample. Despite the dismal conditions, we wish everyone a safe and fruitful fall harvest. 

Dial in your horses’ non-structural carb needs and avoid clinical illnesses like obesity, laminitis and insulin resistance

Generally speaking, protein, fiber, non-structural carbohydrates (NSC), and minerals are all measured components used to assess hay quality. But, NSC has gained more attention than the other components over the past few years as horse owners work to dial in exactly how high or low this component needs to be for their horses’ needs. Learn more in this blog post from our on-staff PhD, John Goeser and equine nutritionist Amber Krotky by clicking here

New particle size research emerges through collaborative effort between UW Madison Dairy Science Department and Rock River Laboratory

Connor Willems and Randy Shaver of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, along with Rock River Laboratory team members John Goeser and Eva Lynch have collaborated on new research in the realm of particle size. Willems, a student intern for Dr. Randy Shaver, completed the research at Rock River Laboratory, as part of his Zoology 151/152 class project. Learn more about the research by viewing the summary poster, titled “Mean particle size: Evaluation of variation within industry processed grains and determination of the effect of laboratory grinding”. Download the poster here: Particle Size Poster

Breakthrough research regarding in vitro and in situ starch digestibility assays published

Research has demonstrated that Rock River Laboratory's rumen in situ starch digestion relates to dairy cattle digestion and improved nutrition model accuracy, whereas another commercial lab measure did not. See the ADSA/ASAS JAM abstract titled "Evaluation of in vitro and in situ starch digestibility assays." on page 777 in the 2016 JAM Abstract book linked here.

New Rock River Laboratory-Chile offers dairies abroad access to same accurate, research-founded analysis results

Rock River Laboratory - Chile marks the sixth forage laboratory in Rock River Laboratory’s growing global agricultural testing network. The Temuco laboratory offers full NIR services onsite and partners with the Rock River Laboratory network to provide wet chemical feed and forage analysis. Using a proprietary, cloud-based calibration management system, Rock River Laboratory - Chile is able to seamlessly access the same accurate prediction equation database employed by each of the existing Rock River Laboratory locations.  Thanks to this new technology, whether customers send a sample to Rock River Laboratory-Ohio in Wooster, Ohio, Watertown, Wis., or Temuco, Chile, they will get the same research-founded analysis results.

New to NIR: Starch in legumes & grasses

Rock River Laboratory has released NIR measures for starch in grasses and legumes. The new calibration has an R-squared of .99 and a standard error of 1.

Starch content is well understood in TMR, corn silages, grains and sorghum/Sudan silages.  However, the question is posed as to where starch resides in grasses or legumes

Feed analysis reports’ 60-Day Averages now regionally specific

The 60-Day Averages column on Rock River Laboratory results reports are now regionally specific to the laboratory (region) where they were analyzed. These averages are also specific to feed type. This feature, unique to Rock River Laboratory analysis reports, offers users a dialed-in comparison to better qualify their client’s feedstuffs

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