ITHACA, N.Y. — The Forage Laboratory at Dairy One Cooperative Inc. recently received their 2023 Wet Chemistry and NIRS certification stamps from the National Forage Testing Association. These stamps were given after the Laboratory teams completed a series of certification qualifications.
“I am very proud of our team members,” said Kimberly Walker, Director of Analytical Services at Dairy One. “During this process, the team worked together to ensure that all data was gathered in a timely manner and that each individual understood why these certifications are important to us, and our customers.”
The National Forage Testing Association requires laboratories to submit proficiency results. The first component of this is enrollment in the program followed by a methodology questionnaire and a check of sample analysis results. These certification tests are gathered over a calendar year and are the basis for receiving the following year’s certifications.
Wet Chemistry and Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy (NIRS) are two of the main tests conducted on forage samples to determine their nutritional composition. Dairy One’s Forage Lab conducts these feed analyses for a variety of customers including dairy nutritionists, farms, and universities involved in research trials. The results assist with feeding plans and help customers make better decisions based on the specific nutrients available for that diet.
“With these most recent certifications, we look forward to providing our customers with results to improve their animal care,” said Walker.
The mission of Dairy One is to create and deliver data and information which will be used to make profit-enhancing decisions for members of the agricultural community.