AES laboratories (P) Ltd. include contamination investigation, analysis, quality, nutritional value and formulation of animal feed. We at AES lab understands that providing animals with adequate, balanced diets, free of toxins and contaminants is essential to enhancing their productivity and welfare.

We ensure accurate information on the composition of feed ingredients and determining the level of desirable and undesirable substances, enabling the production of safe, balanced diets for livestock.

Some of the benefits of animal feed testing are:

Improved safety and quality of food and welfare of the animals

Poor nutrition not only affects the productivity of the animal, but also its health, behaviour and welfare. Just as importantly, the safety and quality of the food chain can be affected because of the close link between feed and food-borne pathogens such as Escherichia coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter. The presence of mycotoxins, heavy metals and pesticides in feed can also adversely affect animal and human health and product quality and safety. The safety and quality of animal feed is also vital for preventing hazardous substances entering the food chain and affecting human health.

Reducing costs, boosting profitability and strengthening local economies

Feed costs can be as high as 70 percent of the cost of producing an animal product. One way to reduce these costs is to ensure the animal has a balanced diet so nothing is wasted. A balanced diet is one that meets the nutritional needs of the animal, based on its physiological stage and targeted production level. To ensure a diet is balanced, feed analysis laboratories:

1. Generate reliable data on chemical constituents;2. Help ensure the more efficient use of available feed resources in each diet; and

2. Help ensure the more efficient use of available feed resources in each diet; and

3. Help producers reduce the cost of inputs by identifying least-cost rations, thereby increasing profits.

Safeguarding the environment

A large part of what an animal eats (50 to 90 percent of feed carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus) is excreted. If not managed properly, these constituents can pollute the environment.  Feed testing therefore, assists in reducing the environmental pollution caused by animal production by more reliably determining the chemical constituents of feed ingredients and ensuring they are not excessive or unnecessary in the diets.

Types of animal feed tested include:

  • Livestock and cattle feed
  • Aquaculture feed
  • Chicken feed
  • Poultry feed
  • Fish feed
  • Horse feed

Animal feed tests and methods:

  • Amino Acid, AOAC/HPLC
  • Ash, AOAC, Gravimetric
  • Calcium, AOAC, Volumetric
  • Chloride/Salt, AOAC, Volumetric
  • Carbohydrates, Calculations
  • Drugs, Antibiotics AOAC
  • Fat, (Ether Extract) AOAC
  • Fat, Acid Hydrolysis AOAC
  • Fiber, Crude AOAC
  • Moisture, AOAC
  • Minerals, (Metals) Atomic Absorption
  • Microscopic Analysis, AOAC, Microscopic
  • Melamine Detection, FDA
  • Phosphorus, AOAC (SPEC.)
  • Protein, AOAC, Kjeldahl, Combustion
  • Sugar, Total AOAC
  • Calories, Calculations