Novel Testing Methods for Animal premix, Feed and Silage

29th January 2020 – Stockport

SciMed are holding their popular one-day seminar on, introducing a new topic for novel testing methods of animal premix, feed and silage.  This free to attend event includes a number of technical talks along with a buffet lunch and a chance to discuss with technical experts your current and future analytical and process requirements.

The following technical seminar will start at 10:30am with registration starting from 10am.

10:30 – 11:15
NIR forage analysis speed versus accuracy, pros versus cons. Experiences
gained over the past 5 years. 
David Davies, Silage solutions.

EDXRF in the animal feed industry, 
Kevin Talmage

The use of EDXRF in the animal feed industry has increased in recent years because of ease of use, rapid analysis and minimal sample preparation.  The technique is used to measure the elemental concentration of Cu, Zn, Fe, Mn, K,Ca, P, Mg and Na in finished feeds, premixes and silage  as well as some of the raw materials.

12:00-12:15 Break

12:15-13:00 Elemental
Analysis of animal feed Sensitivity, selectivity & simplicity. Getting the most from your samples with AA & ICP
,  Matt Allen

Overcoming both sample preparation and analytical measurement issues with creative solutions and technologies. How we can make help your valuable laboratory time be even more beneficial and productive

13:00-13:30 The use of High Mass TGA for the efficient determination of moisture and
ash in animal feed.

The quantification of moisture, volatiles and ash content in animal feed is an important measurement. Automated thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) provides a rapid and efficient method for the simultaneous determination of these values on many samples. In this presentation we will show how this can be achieved in a very efficient manner on sample masses of ~ 5-10 g thus ensuring representative samples can be studied

13:30-13:15 Dont let your dust catch fire!

Understanding dust related hazards from fire to explosion

13:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-14:30 Comprehensive and accurate determination of starch in animal feeds.

Starch is an essential ingredient in livestock nutrition for the provision of energy and texture. Most commercial starch is made from corn but wheat, tapioca, rice and potato are also used. Starch solutions are optically active and the concentration can be quantified easily with a polarimeter.

14:30-15:00 Determination of Gross energy content in animal feeds Dan Clarke

Gross Energy Content is one of the most important considerations in formulation of any food substance. Balancing animal
feed to deliver the correct blend of nutrients, additives and calories is atthe very centre of animal welfare and farming. A calorimeter is a key tool inthis determination..

15:-15:30 From Farm to Fork – The use of hand held and online NIR sensors for AFF, Darren Machen

The Ability to take the laboratory tot he field or the production area is the ideal solution for the rapid onsite
this determination of key Agri-Food parameters. Being able to screen and quantify samples  for fat, protein and dry matter makes sound business sense. Small and compact but with the analytical performance of a benchtop system the MicroNIR is an ideal solution for in-field analysis. Successful applications will be discussed for agriculture, feed and food.

15:30-16:00 Discussions and demonstrations

The seminar will be held at SciMed’s offices in Stockport, SK4 3GN. We are conveniently located 10 minutes from J1 of the M56 and 10 minutes from J1 of the M60. If you wish to travel by train we are 10 minutes by taxi from Stockport rail station (main London-Manchester line) and 15 minute walk from both East Didsbury rail station and tram stop.

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If you would like some more information on any of the above please email Nina Rose direct on or contact us via the office on 0161 442 9963.