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Pasture collection method

Here is a guide on collecting your pasture sample for testing.

  • Walk through the paddock taking samples randomly as if you were the animal eating the pasture. We are looking for a representative sample of what the animal eats.
  • Remove at grazing height (cattle 5cm above ground). For cattle -  wrap the grass around your hand (like a cow’s tongue) and pull. For sheep etc - use your thumb and forefinger to nip the grass.
  • Aim to represent the actual species composition, such as if there is a mix of clover and rye and/or other species.
  • Ensure the whole paddock is covered. Fill the bag. You should collect a supermarket bag full.
  • Remove all excess air out of sample bag, this is important as it prevents decomposition and loss of nitrogen and non-structural carbohydrates.
  • If not sending samples straight away store in fridge. Always send fresh pasture or any fresh sample such as silage via courier. Do not rely on regular post.
  • Do not send fresh samples towards the end of the week. Keep in fridge over the weekend and courier on Monday.