Samples for Nutritional Analysis or Mold Counts

Cumberland Valley Analytical Services, Inc.
14515 Industry Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21742

You may submit forage samples for nutrition or mold determination.  Chesapeake Extension Office has the plastic bags and forms necessary for individuals to complete and submit.  Remember to label each sample bag submitted and retain the code or key to refer to when the report is sent back to you.  Reports may be sent back e-mailed, faxed, U. S. Mail, or internet.  Select preferred method when setting up your account on-line, or calling 1-800 282-7522.

It is recommended you go on-line to set up an account for payment.

Click on “Account Access” then “Acct. Set-Up” to open an account.  Once completed, you may mail in your samples as long as your name is on the form.  On the plastic bag label, it is recommended you choose the NIR 1 Package and then check the Equine Energy Option for most basic horse nutrition samples.  This is a reasonable cost of $15.50 and tests for Dry Matter, Moisture, Crude Protein, ADF Protein, NDF Protein, Soluble Protein, ADF, NDF, Lignin, Starch, Sugar, Fat, Ash, Calcium (Ca), Phosphorus (P), Magnesium (Mg), and Potassium (K) with pH by traditional method on an ensiled forage.  Calculated values are provided for Available Protein, Adjusted Protein, Degradable Protein,  NEL, NEM, NEG (OARDC Summative Energy Equation), and NFC. 

A separate Mold and Yeast test can also be done under the Wet Chemistry Option.  You would indicate Mold/Yeast Count on plastic bag label.

On the Sample Information Sheet write at top of page “show ranges”.  CVAS will provide ranges on your report to help you evaluate how your sample compares to standard ranges.  If you have questions about your sample, you may call Matt at 1-800-282-7522.

To collect a sample, you may use a mechanical coring probe.  Sample at least 6-bales, mix together, and pull a sample from that mixture for mailing.  If you do not have a mechanical coring probe, you can use the hand grab method.  Again select at least 6-bales.  Reach inside the bale to pull a sample, mix, and pull a representative sample from that.  Fill out the label on the sample bag provided and mail to CVAS.  

Samples for Forage and Grain Toxicology

VA-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Phase II Duckpond Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0442
Dr. Dennis Blodgett
Dr. Blair Meldrum
Toxicology Lab (540)231-4835

Call for instructions and cost of running the sample.

Samples for fescue endophyte fungus determination

Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Missouri, Missouri 65201
Dr. George Rottinghaus (573) 882-6811

This lab runs an analysis for the ergovaline toxin produced by the endophyte fungus.  The endophyte does not always produce a toxic concentration of the toxin.  Send 50 tillers collected randomly and call for cost of running the sample.

Auburn Fescue Laboratory
209 Life Sciences
Auburn University, Alabama 36849-5409
(334) 844-1981

This lab runs a tiller analysis for endophyte presence.  Recommendation of 30-50 tillers collected randomly and call for cost of running the sample.