The animal feed industry is estimated around $250 billion Dollars and the beginning of its industrial scale production is tracked back to the late 19th century. 70 to 80 percent of the cost in producing animals is the feed cost. Reaching an optimal balance of nutrition to enable fastest, cheapest growth for animals at lowest cost is very desirable.
Animal feed is the grain and cereal portion of plants that are often processed into pellets to feed swine, fish, poultry, and livestock. Animal forage is various plants that animals are fed while grazing. Grass can be processed into hay after mowing and drying. Quality control of both feed and forage is incredibly challenging for many reasons. Large variability can exist among the same shipment and even in the same batch. The price of these products is directly correlated to their nutritional value, which is especially important for cows that produce milk. Feed formulations are made with different combinations of feed, forage, or a mixture of both. Traditional methods for monitoring parameters of interest include HPLC, GC, and wet chemistry. These methods are labor intensive, time-consuming, ill-suited for large scale testing, can only measure one parameter at a time, and can require the use of expensive solvents and reagents.
FT-NIR spectroscopic analysis is fast, requires no sample preparation, and can analyze multiple parameters with a single measurement.
FT-NIR Technology Benefits
Galaxy Scientific Advantages
Our QuasIR™ 3000 FT-NIR spectrometer is equipped with an integrating sphere for reflection measurements of solids as well as transflectance measurements of opaque liquids and pastes. The instrument has a wide range of applications, especially in the food and agriculture sectors.
SpectralSage™ Software Suite
Galaxy Scientific’s SpectralSage software suite is a software toolkit for method developers, administrators, and routine users. The suite combines the ease of use needed for routine operation with feature rich functions for the advanced method developer.