Our Services Summary:
• Analytical Analysis
• NIR Analysis
• NIR Calibrations
• NIR Validations
• Procurement and Sales
• Training on Equipment e.g. Phenol red and Urease Testing
As one of our focus areas, Feed First offers analytical services to our esteemed clients, with the purpose of providing fast, consistent, accurate and quality laboratory analyses and results.
We pride ourselves in offering quality in-house results, and furthermore by sourcing the best specialist local and International laboratories for our clients unique needs. We strive to achieve swift turnaround times and highly accurate results.
Feed First offers a wide range of analytical services of animal feed samples, feed raw materials, silages, fresh forages and many more. We also offer NIR analyses of raw materials, complete feeds, silages and forages.
We are an Accredited Network Controller of the National Lucerne Trust Organisation. This enables us to analyse and grade Lucerne hay according to the official procedures set out by their certified NIR and analytical programme.
One of our focus areas are to continuously develop and improve NIR calibrations for clients with a specific need for a particular nutrient or product.
We keep a reference sample database, which we use to offer NIR validation services to clients who wish to validate the calibration of their own NIR instrument.
Validations match NIR results with wet chemistry results to ensure accuracy and precision of the results. There are three possible outcomes for a validation namely: the calibration works well, the calibration works well but a bias or slope adjustment is required. The calibration does not acutely predict the analysis.
Feed First further introduced an exciting new Web-based online system, making it easier for our clients to submit samples for analysis and receive the results. To register, click on the following link https://lab.feedfirst.co.za and follow the prompts.
The Online web-based system is not only an asset to Feed First, it serves as a personal platform for our client’s needs too. For example, accessing and printing of current or historic certificates of analysis, exporting of monthly/historic wet chemistry results in excel for your matrix adjustments, trends, etc. to name a few features.
Finally, the Feed First nutritional experts add further value to its analytical component by providing a service that assists clients with solutions to use their analytical results in the most effective way. Interpretation of results are offered on request to our clients.
Feed First also provides extensive procurement solutions to Laboratory and Feed Mills for all instrumentation and consumable needs.
Laboratory and Feed Mill Equipment
We sell consumables to our clients which include but not limited to:
• Pellet durability instruments
• Urease baths complete
• Sample probes
• Sample Dividers
• Hectolitre Mass instruments
• Maize grading sieves
• Label printers and consumables
• Phenol Red
• Deionized water
• Microbiology consumables
• Laboratory reagents and consumables
Feed First Laboratory is unique in offering our Clients unique and tailor-made Quality packages:
We receive samples of:
Final Feeds, Feed Raw materials
Premixes and Macro packs
Forage & Silage, Water
And much more…
Our Tailor-made packages help you to decide on what to analyse for:
• Amino Acid (including Cysteine and Tryptophan)
• Proximates packages with minerals
• Fat Quality
• Feed lime quality
• Fishmeal quality
• Heavy Metals
• MCP/MDCP/DCP quality
• Microscopy – Identification and quantification of ingredients in mixed feeds
• Microscopy – Quality evaluation of feed, raw materials (purity, degree of processing etc.)
• Premix, macro pack & mineral raw material packages
• Ruminant, Forage & Silage
• Soya Quality
• TVC, E-Coli & Salmonella enumeration & confirmation
• Yeast and Mould
• Salmonella monitoring – Environmental swabs
• Aspergillus isolation and identification