Calibrate forage quality tests available through Dairyland Laboratories’ network of forage testing laboratories

Farm Forum

Shoreview, Minn. – Calibrate Technologies announces an agreement with Dairyland Laboratories, Inc., to offer Calibrate forage quality tests test for starch and fiber digestibility as well as Calibrate RFQ. Calibrate forage quality tests provide highly accurate digestibility and quality information to help improve forage performance in a dairy herd’s ration.

“The agreement between Dairyland Laboratories and Calibrate Technologies will expand service reach, reduce the impact of nutrition variation in feedstuffs and allow producers to obtain more value from forages – grown or purchased,” says Mike Mensing, licensing and operations manager, Calibrate Technologies.

Calibrate forage quality tests evaluate all starch and fiber components individually. This helps nutritionists and farmers make small changes in the diet, which can deliver significant results and maximize milk production.

In addition, Calibrate RFQ provides a more robust and stable value for maximum consistency from lab to lab across the U.S. Improved precision provides reliable forage quality insights to maximize your investment whether you are formulating a ration or buying and selling alfalfa.

“With Dairyland’s network of laboratories, Calibrate forage quality test users will benefit by not having to ship samples to a central laboratory and therefore receive results in a more timely manner,” says Dave Taysom – Dairyland Laboratories, Inc. “These tests will be available at our Arcadia and Stratford, Wis., and St. Cloud, Minn. locations.”

Assuring accuracy with every result, Calibrate forage quality tests are backed by more than 10 years of experience with commercial dairies. In addition, Calibrate® forage digestibility results are reinforced with more than 90,000 in vitro lab tests and 90,000 wet chemistry tests which help testing laboratories provide a more precise measurement for fiber and starch ruminal digestibility.

Calibrate forage quality tests are recommended for use with all forages, especially with genetically enhanced reduced lignin HarvXtra alfalfa. Outstanding accuracy in measuring quality in alfalfa comes with every digestibility and Calibrate RFQ test, allowing farmers and nutritionists the ability to reduce ration variation.

For more information on rumen degradable starch and fiber testing as well as Calibrate® RFQ contact Calibrate Technologies at: (800) 635-5701 or

To start using Calibrate forage quality tests, contact Dairyland Laboratories at 608-323-2123 or