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Sample Submission Guidelines

  • Provide all information requested
  • Ensure each sample submitted is uniquely identified
  • Estimated sample turn around time is 7 - 10 working days but is dependent on the laboratory workload

New Pricing to take effect May 19th, 2014!!

 

Sample Size

  • Hay/Straw/Other Feedstuffs: gallon Ziploc bag ~ 3/4 full
  • Water (Livestock Only): ~ 1 to 2 quarts in a non-glass container
  • Other: Contact the laboratory 

 

Sampling Procedure

  • Hay/Straw/Other Feedstuffs:
    • DO NOT INCLUDE SOIL IN THE SAMPLE.

    • Cut standing plants to obtain the same portion as would be harvested (or eaten).

    • Field: walk the field in a "W" pattern & take a sample at each point of the W.

    • Hay bales/stacks: Probe. Do not mix different types or cuttings of forage.  Take as many cores as possible, at least twenty per stack, more for larger or dissimilar lots.

  • Other: Contact the laboratory

 

Shipping

  • We do not accept samples that have deteriorated or become compromised
  • Ship Monday - Thursday so that samples arrive on a weekday
  • DO NOT SHIP ON FRIDAY OR BEFORE A HOLIDAY
  • Refrigerate water samples prior to shipping
  • Hay/Straw/Other Feedstuffs:
    • Ship wet sample(s) in a plastic bag & add "blue ice" packs to prevent spoilage.
  • All Liquid Type Samples (i.e. water; liquid feed): package carefully to prevent leaking during shipment

 

 
 

Contacts

 

Heidi Hickes
Laboratory Bureau Chief
Montana State University

McCall Hall
Bozeman, MT  59717
phone: (406) 994-3383
E-mail: hhickes@mt.gov

 

Published: May 10, 2012 11:40:00 AM MDT.
Last Modified: May 5, 2014 8:41:37 AM MDT