Forage Testing Labs

Ed Rayburn
Extension Forage Agronomist
WVU Extension Service

Drought situations result in low hay suppliesand many livestock producers feed supplemental grains or by-product feeds. To know what supplement is best to feed with a given hay, it is necessary to have a forage test of the hay done and to know the animal's feed requirement. Below is a list of forage testing laboratories in states surrounding West Virginia that can analyze forage samples for their nutritional quality. This list is not all-inclusive and is not intended as an endorsement of these facilities.

Many of these laboratories are members of the National Forage Testing Association. Member labs participate in a regular quality assurance program that tests their analytical procedures to ensure they provide accurate reports to customers. To see if labs are certified by the National Forage Testing Association, you can check the Association's member list on the WWW at .

Many local feed stores provide forage testing services free or at a low cost to customers buying supplemental feeds. Check with local stores to see what services they provide.

Laboratories providing forage testing services:

Dairy One Forage Lab
730 Warren Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-257-6808 fax
Jefferson Laboratories
3867A Jefferson Pike
Jefferson, MD 21756
301-473-4345 fax
Cumberland Valley Analytical Services
18501 Maugans Avenue
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Sky View Labs
PO Box 273
Jennerstown, PA 15547
Dairy Tech Labs
805 Rohrerstown Rd
Lancaster, PA 17601
Brookside Laboratories, Inc.
308 S. Main St.
New Knoxville, OH 45871
Greg Meyer
Holmes Laboratory. Inc.
3559 US Rt. 62
Millersburg, OH 44654