Blackland Research & Extension Center
720 E. Blackland Road
Temple, TX 76502-9622
9am - 4pm Weekdays
2013 Holiday schedule for the GAN Lab
Thanksgiving Nov 28 & 29, 2013
Christmas Dec 23 2013, to Jan 1, 2014
Ship samples by: Nov 20 For Thanksgiving
Ship samples by: Dec 13 For Christmas
To all clientele and client representatives utilizing the GAN Lab services:
We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holidays for the 28th and 29th. Please put your samples in the mail by Wednesday, the 20th in order to have your results back before Thanksgiving.
The Texas A&M University System is on holiday from December 23th to January 1st. The Grazingland Animal Nutrition Lab will not be able to receive samples during this time.
We suggest that you collect and mail your December samples early (by December 13) so that you can have your analysis results before the holidays.
Another option is to freeze the samples and wait until January 2nd to put the shipment in the mail to the GAN Lab.
Keep in mind that the Christmas holidays are a hectic time for the Postal Service. Help the Postal Service and yourself by following proper shipping procedure. Please tape the Styrofoam cooler around the edge of the lid. Simply crossing tape over the top of the lid does not help hold moisture inside. Please use the cardboard boxes provided by the GAN Lab to ship the Styrofoam coolers. Be sure and request a Two-Day Priority Mail service.
On January 2nd, 2014 the lab will return to normal business hours.
Thank You and Happy Holidays,
GAN Lab staff
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.
Attention CSP ANM 17 Participants
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...
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.
2013 Holiday schedule for the GAN Lab Closed: Thanksgiving Nov 28 & 29, 2013 Christmas
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.
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'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.
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.