As an affiliate lab of Cumberland Valley Analytical Service the SCDHIA forage lab has aligned itself with the largest chemistry based forage lab in the U.S... As such, they have the resources to generate some of the most extensive NIR calibrations in the industry. NIR is the method by which all samples processed onsite at the SCDHIA forage lab are analyzed.

Why NIR?

Near Infrared Reflectance spectroscopy (NIR) allows for rapid determination of multiple nutrients and characteristics of a feed or forage. It is a fast, cost effective process available for evaluation of most forage types. Applying the NIR calibrations developed by CVAS gives us the expertise needed to be a leader in the provision of NIR services.

For a listing of forage applicability and predicted nutrients, you can use the following link to the CVAS website:

For an in-depth review of the basics of NIR technology, you can use the following link to view an article from the NIRS forage and feed testing consortium 2008:

Below is a list of NIR packages offered by the SCDHIA Forage Lab. For NIR packages requiring wet chemistry, SCDHIA will handle the NIR analysis and the ground sample will be shipped overnight to CVAS for analysis.

Package Description Price
NIR1 Package The NIR 1 Analysis includes tests for Dry Matter, Moisture, Crude Protein, ADF Protein, NDF Protein, Soluble Protein, ADF, NDF, NDFom, 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. $18.00
NIR2 Package The NIR 2 is the NIR 1 Analysis with wet-chemistry Minerals - Calcium (Ca), Phosphorus (P), Magnesium (Mg), Potassium (K), Sodium (Na), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Zinc (Zn), and Copper (Cu). $29.00
NIR3 Package The NIR 3 is the NIR 2 Analysis plus wet-chemistry on Chloride (Cl) and Sulfur (S). $37.00
NIR4 Package The NIR 4 is the NIR 2 Analysis plus wet-chemistry on Crude Protein, ADF, and NDF. $42.00
NIR5 Package The NIR 5 is the NIR 1 Analysis plus wet-chemistry on Crude Protein, ADF, and NDF. $31.00
NIR Plus Option Provides 30 hr NDF Digestibility with Kd Rate, NDF Digestibility 120 and 240, uNDF120, uNDF240, an NIR evaluation of Fermentation acids (for ensiled forages) for NIR1-NIR5 as well as Indigestible Fiber, Total Fatty Acids, and Soluble Fiber. This option also includes a soil contamination probability index of Low, Medium or High (not available for corn grain). For Corn Silages, the NIR Plus Option also provides 12 hr NDF digestibility and qualitative assessment of 7 hr starch digestibility. $9.50