Moisture Analysis of Feeds Needs Careful Consideration of the Method

Review your Loss on Drying results for Accuracy

Review your Loss on Drying results for Accuracy

If you’ve ever had doubts about the moisture results for your feeds then this study should give you some insight at what is actually happening.  The study examines the various methods used in determining moisture content in feeds.  The contention is that the empirical methods of feed estimation – evaporation and loss on drying – ‘differ greatly in effectiveness’. This, according to the author, results in bias that further impacts the ‘accurate quantification and expression of other nutrient values’.  The paper then goes on to compare the different methods for a range of feeds, suggests an appropriate reference method, and concludes by making general recommendations on best practices to improve moisture testing results.

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About Bob Sandor

Bob began working as a chemist in 1987 and remains a science geek to this day. After his PhD he worked on the bench in materials and inorganic chemistry for 10 years. He then took on a love for marketing and sales. He combined his passion for science and business and took entrepreneur general management positions in large corporations like Hoecsht Celanese now Sanofi Aventis, Bel-Art and Smiths Detection. There he learned what it would take to run a business and finally Tovatech was co-founded in 2006. Bob’s hobbies include playing, listening and composing music, skiing, working out, the internet and all things science.