Feed Analysis with FT-NIR Spectroscopy

Analysis of Feed Ingredients

The cost of animal nutrition represents the largest operating cost for most commercial livestock producers. In order to maintain an optimum balance between feed costs and productivity, all feed ingredients should be analyzed for nutrient concentration and these values are then used to formulate the rations and required supplements.

However, the included feedstuffs vary widely in composition, due to origin, seasonal changes or year. Fourier Transform Near Infrared spectroscopy (FT-NIR) provides a fast and effective solution for analyzing raw materials as well as finished feeds in order to optimize the production steps and monitor the final product quality.

Bruker Optics offers the most comprehensive range of FT-NIR solutions for quality control and formulation adjustments.

Samples can be analyzed non-destructively in seconds, saving costs by reducing time and reagent use. Analyzing by FT-NIR in the lab or at-line close to the production requires just filling an easy-to clean cup with the solid sample and presenting it to the analyzer. Liquid samples like oils or molasses can be analyzed in disposable vials with the same spectrometer.

Analyzing feed ingredients with FT-NIR spectroscopy

Analyzing feed ingredients with in an aluminium cup with
quartz glass bottom using the TANGO FT-NIR spectrometer

A set of universal FT-NIR calibrations for the analysis of a wide range of raw materials in the feed industry is available. These calibrations help you to achieve a superior quality control, leading to an enhanced performance of your products.

FT-NIR spectroscopy offers a rapid, accurate and nondestructive tool for the most common feed ingredients:

  • Cereals (Barley, Corn/Maize, Rice, Sorghum, Triticale, Wheat)
  • Cereal By-products (Corn/Maize Gluten Feed, Meal, Wheatfeed Middlings)
  • Oil Seeds, By-products and Expellers (Rapeseed/Canola, Soybean, Sunflower and expellers)
  • Other By-products (Biscuit Meal, DDGS)
  • Animal Proteins (Blood Meal, Bone Meal, Feather Meal, Fish Meal, Meat and Bone Meal, Poultry By-product Meal)

Since Bruker Optics strives to continuously optimize its portfolio of calibration methods, additional products may already be available on request.

A list of commonly analyzed parameters include:

  • Moisture
  • Fat
  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Ash
  • Starch
  • Total Sugar
  • ADF
  • NDF

In addition Bruker FT-NIR instruments are supported by 3rd party suppliers of more specialized calibration packages and of special services, e.g. analysis of Amino Acids in feed ingredients.


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