Feed testing

Testing of Compound Feeds

Compound Feed materials include Grains, Meals, Pellets, Palm Kernel (PKE) and Food By-Products.

About this Testing

Compound Feed materials include grains, meals, pellets, Palm Kernel (PKE) and food by-products used for animal feed.

Quality indicators included for Compound Feed testing (excludes Palm Kernel)

  • Dry Matter (%)
  • Crude Protein (%DM)
  • Acid Detergent Fibre (%DM)
  • Neutral Detergent Fibre (%DM)
  • Ash (%DM)
  • Digestibility (DOMD) (%)
  • Metabolisable Energy (ME) (MJ ME/kg DM)
  • Soluble Sugars (%DM)
  • Crude Fat (%DM)


The Compound Feed Profile uses wet chemistry methods.

Example Compound Feed Report

  • Starch can also be tested if required as an additional test.


Quality indicators included for Palm Kernel testing

  • Dry Matter (%)
  • Crude Protein (%DM)
  • Acid Detergent Fibre (%DM)
  • Neutral Detergent Fibre (%DM)
  • Crude Fat (%DM)


Mineral Testing of Palm Kernel

Palm Kernel (PKE) can be tested for complete minerals. The Basic Plant Profile includes nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, manganese, zinc, copper, boron and PKE can also be tested for cobalt, molydnenum and selenium (or MS).

Palm Kernel can also be tested for Starch and Mycotoxins (Aflatoxins) if required.

For feed waste and feed concentrate samples, please contact the laboratory to discuss testing options, before sending in the samples.


Taking a Sample

Supply 1 kg of representative sample in a suitable air tight bag such as a feed test bag, resealable plastic bag or well labelled soil test bag. Include several hand “grab” samples taken from various sites of the feed sample to help ensure the results are representative of the product. Squeeze the air out of the bag and courier the sample to the laboratory as soon as possible. Request the  Compound Feed Profile or Palm Kernel testing.


How to Order a Test

Complimentary Feedstuff Test Kits are available from the laboratory. These sample kits contain instructions, an analysis request form, sampling bags and courier bag to send in the samples.


Guides and Supporting Information


Contact Us

Freephone 0508 HILL LAB (44 555 22) or email Ag.CSM@hill-labs.co.nz