Forage Testing Procedures Samples should be mailed to Cumberland Valley Analytical Services in Maugansville, MD along with the correct submittal form. All Animal Science, Dairy Science, Farm Business Management, Crop and Soil Science and Environmental Science agents are permitted to use the service. Here are some of the things you need to know to effectively use the system. 1. Charges for VCE agent educational programs or problem solving will be paid from an account in Dairy science. We will monitor submitted samples and results. 2. Samples must be accompanied by the VCE submittal form downloaded at http://www.vtdairy.dasc.vt.edu/prog-areas/forage-testing/forage-testing.html. This form designates enclosed samples as ‘VCE no-pay testing’ and by default they are charged to a specific account. We operate through CVAS using various accounts for specific projects, so it is extremely important to use the correct form, or your unit may be charged for the resulting analyses by CVAS. 3. Pre-approved packages are: 1. NIR (near infrared reflectance) for most forages and includes dry matter, protein, ADF, NDF, estimated energy, bound protein, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium; 2. BEEF (wet chemistry) measures dry matter, protein, ADF, and estimated energy; 3. RFV (wet chemistry) measures dry matter, protein, ADF, NDF, and relative feed value; 4. Nitrate testing is also approved, though it is not part of a standard package. 4. Further analysis, if needed, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 5. If you are submitting samples for a producer that is paying, do not use the submittal form above. Use the standard CVAS sample ID form located at http://www.foragelab.com/Submitting-Samples/Sample-Submission-Form 6. Questions or concerns should be sent to Laura Coffey (lvaughn@vt.edu). Please note that whole corn stalks or cobs must be pre-chopped before shipping.