Contact Info

GAN Lab
Blackland Research & Extension Center
720 E. Blackland Road
Temple, TX 76502-9622
ganlab@brc.tamus.edu 
254-774-6134
254-774-6150 fax
9am - 4pm Weekdays

GANLAB Information

Scanning Samples


Kit Requests can now be submitted at any time online with the NUTBAL Online system

We are excited to have the new and improved NUTBAL Online web site up and running.  Please feel free to check it out.  Returning customers, your login credentials as well as all of your past samples are still the same.  Click the link below to view the site.  A tutorial for the new site is available for download as a PowerPoint show or in PDF format.

NUTBAL Online PowerPoint    NUTBAL Online PDF

http://cnrit.tamu.edu/nutbal_online/       

                                                             

Attention CSP ANM 17 Participants

CSP Letter 2012

Option 1: NIRS Results and NUTBAL Report $35.00 per sample

This option includes NIRS fecal analysis (crude protein and energy of forage consumed)  and a online NIRS/NUTBAL PRO system report for multiple profiles.  Users can choose between online system access or have the results and report sent directly to them via email, fax or regular mail.

Option 2: NIRS Results and NUTBAL Advisory $70.00 per sample

This option includes NIRS fecal analysis (crude protein and energy of forage consumed)  as well as an advisory written by one of our staff providing recommendations to meet desired production goals. Delivery of the advisories will be via email, fax, or regular mail.  For samples with more than three profiles,  a fee of $ 10.00 will be assessed for each additional profile.  Please allow for extra time for completion of option 2 as each advisory is written on an individual basis.

Who We Are...

Samples in oven

The Grazingland Animal Nutrition Lab, also known as the GAN Lab, offers diagnostic analysis and decision support software that is used as a nutritional monitoring program for grazing livestock.  In addition to our own research, we facilitate the research of other entities with our NIRS capabilities. We are a part the Center for Natural Resource Information and Technology (CNRIT), a center within Texas AgriLife Research that is devoted to providing technology solutions in the realm of natural resource management. We provide CNRIT with the ability to assess and manage animals’ nutritional well-being and the capability to develop project specific NIR applications.  Though research is our primary focus, we also offer nutritional analysis  to the public through our Commercial Services.  

Our primary research focus is using near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) to analyze animal fecal samples to determine the nutritional quality of an animals intake.  This technology allows us to return nutritional analyses within three days of receiving samples from clients.  In addition to our primary research, we have utilized our NIRS capabilities in several more fields including soil analysis and wool and fiber grading.To compliment our NIRS nutritional analysis we also offer the Nutritional Balance Analyzer (NUTBAL) software free to the public.  This tool uses the animal description (the kind, class and breed), body condition, forage conditions, supplemental feed information, environmental conditions, performance targets and NIRS results to produce a nutritional balance report for protein and net energy and a report for least-cost feeding solutions.  Such reports can be used by ranchers, consultants, and extension and NRCS personnel to maximize animal weight gain and minimize costs.

What's New

  • GANLAB Information
    01/22/14 14:06

    Kit Requests can now be submitted at any time online with the NUTBAL Online system We are excited to have the new and improved NUTBAL Online web site up and running.  Please feel free to check it out.
  • Publications
    11/17/13 11:01

    Rancher Information Packet The Rancher Information Packet includes instructions for packing and labeling the sample kit for shipping as well as basic information such as instructions and sample forms to get a new user started.
  • Getting Started
    04/18/13 14:04

    Basic Steps Login to Nutbal Online and create a "Kit Request" or call the GAN Lab and request sample kits for mailing fecal samples to the lab.A  GanLab Info Packet  will be included with the kits sent to you.
  • NUTBAL Software
    07/09/12 14:48

    NUTBAL's primary purpose is to provide the livestock industry the means to monitor the nutrient concentration in the animal's diet and determine if the current diet is sufficient to meet performance goals set by the producer.
  • GANLAB Program provides science-based results
    10/25/11 16:37

    By CLAY COPPEDGE, Country World staff writer May 26, 2011 - Hunters, trackers and outdoors people from all over have long known the value of droppings (manure) to determine what an animal has been eating.