Is the variation in your feed ingredients resulting in an inconsistent TMR? Ration Testing might be the answer to improve your herds digestive health!

Analyze your feed ingredients and TMR to evaluate variation that might be costing your cattle performance.

An inconsistent TMR can result in:

  • Increased instances of bloating
  • Increased instances of acidosis
  • Decreased production performance such as average daily gain
  • Reduced profitability

The most economical way to ensure a consistent TMR is through ration testing and analysis of the ingredients.

Here are some tests we recommend for your ingredients:

Forages, Corn Silage & Corn Grain:
NIRS + Minerals

$32.00 USD

Wet Distillers:

$42.00 USD

Rations and Other Supplements:

$40.25 USD

NIRS + Nitrate:

$24.50 USD


$18.00 USD

To monitor the consistency of your TMR, we recommend submitting 3 samples for ration testing.

  • Collect a beginning, middle, and end sample as the TMR comes into the bunk.
  • Analyze all three using the F-10 package.
  • Calculate the CV.

Our Animal Scientist can prepare a Statistical Summary and guide you through the interpretation of your results!

Order a ration consistency evaluation package: 3 F-10 analysis with Statistical Summary Report completed by our Animal Scientist.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Take a Sample?

Click here to learn about sampling procedures!


How Often Should I Sample?

When analyzing to ensure ration consistency, you should submit ingredient samples with each new ration formulation. This will allow you to adjust the ration for variability within the ingredients. Forages such as hay and corn silage are inherently variable and can have negative impacts on herd health if unaccounted for. 

Once the ration has been mixed, we recommend to take 3-4 samples as it is coming off the feed truck. Those samples can then be compared to ensure consistent and efficient mixing.

Does Ward accept samples from any location?

Yes. However before submitting samples from outside the US, Ward Laboratories must submit an application through APHIS. Please email with the plant species and plant part to begin the process.

Contact us if you have questions.