The demand for fiber content determination in feed
is constantly growing because it is a fundamental parameter in assessing feed quality. Feed quality is a direct reflection of essential nutrient content and availability to the consuming animal and this has consequences for the entire production chain since it influences milk production and milk quality
Determining the fiber amount of feed is critical for:
- Legal purpose: authorities require that feed manufacturers declare the fiber content on the package as part of nutritional labeling
- Economic reasons: feed industries tend to use fiber as a raw material as much as they are allowed because it’s a cheap component of feed
Feed nutritionists need a practical and routine means of measuring fiber.