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GRASS AND CROP FOLIAGE

 

Grass Energy and Protein Values:

Grass is analysed for Dry Matter, Crude Protein, Acid Detergent Fibre, estimated Dry Matter Digestibilty and Metabolisable Energy Value.

Grass Mineral Profile:

Grazed grass can be deficient in major and/or trace minerals.  Mineral deficiencies or imbalances adversely affect all livestock, but are particularly serious for intensive dairy farmers and bloodstock farms. The most prevalent deficiencies in Irish grassland are zinc, copper, selenium and iodine.  Copper deficiency is of particular concern when accompanied by high molybdenum.
 
The usual mineral profile analysed in grass is the same as that in forage.

Arable Crops Mineral Profile:

Mineral deficiencies, whether real or induced, are of serious concern to arable farmers.  To assist with diagnosis of deficiencies, crop leaves are analysed for:
Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium, Sulphur, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Molybdenum, Nitrogen.