Feed Testing Program

PCBFA 2020 Feed Testing Guidelines

PCBFA is pleased to offer feed testing services for Peace Country producers. We have a few modifications to our normal processes for the 2020 program to ensure we are following guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19.


General Information

  • Current PCBFA members receive two free feed tests with their annual membership

    • All samples are sent to Central Testing Labs (http://www.ctl.mb.ca)

    • The basic forage sample package includes analysis of the major nutrients by NIR (near infrared spectroscopy) and minerals by wet chemistry

    • Additional tests can be added, such as for nitrates, mould, mycotoxins, etc. and will be invoiced to members at cost


  • Members are welcome to submit more than two samples and will be invoiced at a discounted feed test cost ($30/dry sample & $42/silage sample)

  • Non-members are welcome to submit samples and will be invoiced at feed test cost (memberships are available to be purchased at any time if a producer would like to receive the two free tests)


Collecting & Submitting Samples

  • Producers are encouraged to provide their samples in large ziploc bags that are labelled for the producer to understand where their samples were taken. This is especially important for producers that submit multiple samples.

  • PCBFA has several feed testing probes available in our Fairview and High Prairie offices, contact each office to arrange pickup of a probe. Producers are encouraged to use a probe for 24-hours. The following Agriculture Service Boards also have probes available for their ratepayers to use; contact each office for information:



  • Samples will be sent to the lab on a regular basis. PCBFA waits for 6 samples to be received before shipping. This is to reduce shipping costs. If a producer wants their feed samples to be shipped right away, these costs will be invoiced to the producer.

  • Turn around time to receive feed test results is expected to be approximately 3 weeks, possibly longer at the peak of feed testing season this fall

  • Results will be sent to each producer via email or other requested method

  • PCBFA staff members will be available to assist with interpreting results and advising on ration balancing guidelines

Once the majority of the feed tests have been completed for the season, PCBFA logs the feed quality data to gain a better understanding of the feed quality across the Peace Country.


For any questions regarding the feed testing program please contact PCBFA staff for further information