Small amounts of forage (but no less than a half-pound forage) can be analyzable in the lab. However, a sample should be representative of the whole forage mass or baleage. Approximately, one-pound of forage sample collected from multiple spots will be a good sampling. If your pasture is a mixture of multiple species or weedy, please consider multiple sample submissions for better nutritive value estimations. Ziploc bag (quart/medium size) or any air-tight plastic bag will work for a sample container. Before sealing the bag, please press the bag to remove the captured air in the bag.
Please label sample bag(s) for identification, especially when you submit multiple samples.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture