Analytics

The analytical laboratories as well as the National Reference Laboratories of the Institute of Animal Nutrition and Feed are accredited according to the international standard EN ISO 17025 for the methods that are listed in the scope of accreditation on the website of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW), thereby guaranteeing transparent and objective processes as well as quality-assured results.

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Frequently asked questions on feed analysis

What specifically can be analysed at AGES?

What specifically can be analysed at AGES?

We can analyse all commercially-available, self-produced feed and the plants that are used for feeding animals, as well as grain and arable crops. Our range of services covers the following analytical studies: ingredients, metabolic energy content, feed additives, minerals, trace elements, heavy metals, microbiological parameters (e.g. salmonella), microscopic studies and technological characteristics (e.g. falling number of cereal flour). In addition, formal tests, such as checks on labelling, are performed.

For a detailed overview of our range of services, please refer to our catalogue of analysis.

Where can the sample be dropped off?

Where can the sample be dropped off?

You can submit your samples at the following locations or send them by post to:

  • AGES Vienna, Spargelfeldstraße 191, A-1220 Vienna, phone: +43 5 0555–0  (general samples for all analyses accepted, Mon–Fri: 7am–4.30pm)
  • AGES Linz, Wieningerstraße 8, A-4020 Linz, phone: +43 5 0555 – 41111 ext.  (for samples that are to be analysed only for elements and/or microbiological parameters, Mon–Thu: 7.30am–3.30pm, Friday: 7.30am–3pm)

What must be considered when shipping samples?

What must be considered when shipping samples?

Please enclose the order letter with the sample shipment. We also ask you to take particular care that the shipping container is firmly closed and also airtight as far as it is possible (If feasible, DO NOT USE glass containers). For a representative homogeneous sample, the amount of reference material should not be less than 1/2kg - 1Kg (500g - 1000g). Should the cold chain (e.g. with moist samples) not be interrupted, please indicate this CLEARLY on the packaging.

How long does a feed analysis generally take?

How long does a feed analysis generally take?

Duration of analysis depends on the particular query, the number of samples and number of parameters to be analysed. In general 95% of our analyses are completed within 14 days. It should be noted that microbiological tests (bacterial count etc.) are performed with cultural methods (cell growth on suitable culture media) that need to be incubated for some time and therefore take at least a week to complete. When testing for the presence of dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs, an analysis period of at least two weeks is to be expected. For particularly urgent analysis (imminent danger), please contact our staff immediately (phone: +43 50 555 - 33216).

How much does a feed analysis cost?

How much does a feed analysis cost?

The costs of a feed analysis depend on the desired parameters as well as the respective degree of analysis required and range from € 20 to € 450 per analysis. For detailed information on the costs regarding the parameters of your choice, please contact the Institute of Animal Nutrition and Feed.

Are test results also available online?

Are test results also available online?

Currently, it is not yet possible to retrieve test results online. However, interim reports or preliminary information can be provided electronically (via e-mail) on request.

What is a ‘Weende analysis’?

What is a ‘Weende analysis’?

The ‘Weende analysis’ is the standard method for determining the standard feed ingredients. The simple Weende analysis includes the determination of crude protein, crude fat, crude ash, crude fibre and moisture content. The extended Weende analysis additionally includes an analysis of starch and sugar.

The ingredients identified by the simple Weende analysis are among the obligatory prescribed labelling components of complete and complementary feed (with the exception of mineral complementary feed) for serving to food-producing animals, but also for cats, dogs and for animals in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 767/2009.

What are undesirable substances in animal feed?

What are undesirable substances in animal feed?

Among the undesirable substances in animal feed are heavy metals (such as arsenic, lead, cadmium, mercury), mycotoxins (such as deoxynivalenol or aflatoxins), plant-specific toxins (such as gossypol and theobromine), nitrite, cyanide, organic chlorine compounds as well as dioxins and dioxin-like compounds (PCBs).

Undesirable substances are substances or products with the exception of pathogens that are present in and/or on a specific animal feed product and pose a potential risk for human health, animal health or the environment or could adversely affect livestock production.

Contact - Office - Vienna

Institute for Animal Nutrition and Feed
Phone: +43 50 555-33216
Fax: +43(0)5 0555 33212
Spargelfeldstraße 191
1220 Wien



Institute for Animal Nutrition and Feed
Phone: +43 50 555-33216
Fax: +43(0)5 0555 33212
Spargelfeldstraße 191
1220 Wien



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