Here is a photo of the simple equipment you need:
- a drill (electric works better than cordless for this)
- an extension cord so you can reach random hay bales
- a paper bag that stands open by itself, and, of course
- a hay probe sampler. I am able to borrow this every year from the Ministry of Agriculture office. It attaches to the drill and has a clean out rod to push out the sampled hay into the bag.
In the hayloft! I took samples from the butt ends of 15 bales.
Next, I mix it all together, put the whole thing into a zip-lock bag, include a cheque and a submission form, downloaded from the A & L Canada Labs website,and mail via Expresspost!
I like the Comprehensive Equine Forage package as this is the test that will indicate non-structural carbohydrates, protein levels, as well as numerous other components.
Stay tuned for the test results!