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Feed & Ingredients

The cost of animal nutrition represents the largest operating cost for most commercial livestock producers.

In order to maintain an optimum balance between feed costs and productivity, all feed ingredients should be analyzed for nutrient concentration and these values are then used to formulate the rations and required supplements. However, the used feedstuffs vary widely in composition, due to origin, seasonal changes or year.

Fourier Transform Near Infrared spectroscopy (FT-NIR) provides a fast and effective solution for analyzing raw materials as well as finished feeds in order to optimize the production steps and monitor the final product quality.

Bruker offers the most comprehensive range of FT-NIR solutions for quality control and formulation adjustments. Samples can be analyzed non-destructively in seconds, saving costs by reducing time and reagent use.

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Analyzing by TANGO or MPA in the lab or at-line close to production requires just filling an easy-to clean cup with the solid sample and to present it to the analyzer. Liquid samples like oils or molasses can be analyzed in disposable vials with the same spectrometer.

 

A set of universal calibrations for the analysis of raw materials and finished products in the feed industry are available. These calibrations help you to achieve a superior quality control, leading to an enhanced performance of your products.
FT-NIR spectroscopy offers a rapid, accurate and non-destructive tool for the analysis of:

  • Moisture
  • Fat
  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Ash

The following more specialized parameters are available if applicable:

  • Starch
  • Total Sugar
  • Digestibility NDF, ADF, NCGD

In addition Bruker FT-NIR instruments are supported by 3rd party suppliers of more specialized calibration packages (e.g. Forage) and of special services, like the analysis of Amino Acids in feed ingredients.