Group Performance Report - 2023-2024 Season
 

Cumulative Season Group Performance Report 2023-2024 Season

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 Excellent
 Good
 Satisfactory
 Non-compliant
 Justifiable Reason
 

Grade A or Excellent compliance means there is a very close correlation between submitted results and wet chemistry results (a z-score of less than 1). Grade B or Good compliance means there is close correlation with minor variations which can be fully explained (a z-score of 1-2). Grade C or Satisfactory compliance means that there is some correlation between submitted and wet chemistry results with some larger variations which require further investigation and potential corrective actions to improve. Grade F or Non-compliant status means that there is a large variation between results submitted and wet chemistry (a z-score of greater than 3).  Grade F can also reflect that no data was submitted by a member laboratory for that month’s Proficiency Test. Grade P is awarded if there is a Justifiable Reason why results have not been submitted by group members. Awarded at the discretion of the Group Technical Secretary, this occurs only in the event of an unforeseen circumstance such as equipment failure, damage to laboratory etc

April 2024

Awaiting Detailed Results

This month’s results are also awaiting update for ROI lab members following customs delays on sample shipments. The final round of whole crop silage testing showed further improvement on the previous rounds achieving a perfect score of 100% A grade on the combination of Dry Matter, Starch and Fibre.

In the individual scores, there was 1 B grade in Dry Matter and 1 in Fibre.

These grades demonstrate that analysis across different labs and compared to reference wet chemistry is consistent, reflecting good practices are being followed and the results produced are reliable for use by farmers, nutritionists and feed advisers.



March 2024

Awaiting Detailed Results

The final grass sample of the PT season has posed some challenges.
Deliveries to member labs in the Republic of Ireland have been delayed due to customs - this is being resolved and full performance results for the month will be updated as soon as available.

Of the currently available data, the majority were B grade overall. On individual parameters, the fibre, NDF, results are mostly B grade. While still a good performance, this shows some variation between reference wet chemistry and lab performance.

Following Technical discussions within the Group, this may relate to changing climate conditions during growing and ensiling and will continue to be reviewed over the coming seasons.




February 2024

February 2024
Maize As Fed
AB Vista
A
B
A
AFBI
A
A
A
Agri-Lloyd
B
B
A
Aurivo
P
P
P
Bandon
C
A
B
CBA
C
A
B
Dairygold
A
A
B
FarmLab
A
A
A
FBA
A
A
A
Harpers
B
B
B
Kerry
A
B
B
Masseys
B
B
B
NWF
A
A
B
SAC
A
B
B
Sciantec
B
B
A
Trouw
A
A
A
DM
Starch
NDF

The second maize sample round of the testing season maintained the level of performance of the first maize round. 94% of member labs achieved an A (44%) or B (50%) grade.

A sample delivery issue meant that one lab was unable to submit results and was given a P grade.

For the individual parameters, 2 labs had a C grade for Dry Matter - one was related to sample quality, again due to delivery issues and the other to a potential bias adjustment.

Overall the results are positive, particularly as maize is a variable material which presents challenges in handling in the laboratory to ensure good mixing and preparation of the samples for accurate measurement.


January 2024

January 2024
Whole Crop As Fed
AB Vista
A
A
A
AFBI
A
A
A
Agri-Lloyd
A
B
B
Aurivo
A
C
A
Bandon
P
P
P
CBA
A
A
B
Dairygold
A
A
B
FarmLab
A
A
B
FBA
A
A
B
Harpers
A
A
A
Kerry
A
A
A
Masseys
B
A
B
NWF
A
A
A
SAC
A
A
A
Sciantec
A
A
A
Trouw
A
A
A
DM
Starch
NDF

The second whole crop sample round of the Proficiency Testing Scheme improved on the performance of the first round in October 23. 94% A or B grades were achieved, with the A grade percentage increasing to 81% from 69% and B grade reducing to 12.5% from 25%. One lab was unable to submit results resulting in a Justifiable Reason grade P for this round.
This consistency in the agreement of the member labs' results with reference chemistry is very positive and gives confidence in repeatability of the analysis process and results


December 2023

December 2023
Grass As Fed
AB Vista
A
A
B
AFBI
A
A
A
Agri-Lloyd
A
A
A
Aurivo
B
A
A
Bandon
B
A
A
CBA
A
A
B
Dairygold
B
A
A
FarmLab
A
A
A
FBA
A
A
A
Harpers
B
A
A
Kerry
A
B
A
Masseys
A
A
B
NWF
A
A
A
SAC
B
A
B
Sciantec
B
B
A
Trouw
A
A
A
DM
CP
NDF

The second grass silage round of the season achieved 94% of A grade and 6% B grade across the combined scores from Dry Matter (DM), Crude Protein (CP) and Fibre (NDF).
This shows a very good correlation between reference wet chemistry and lab analysis methods giving confidence in use of the results as a basis for ration formulation. The regular data reviews by the Group have noted the effects of recent wet and dry seasons on the quality and nutritional content of all silages, particularly on fibre content and composition and an ongoing program of maintenance and improvement of prediction models for NIRS analysis is in place.


November 2023

November 2023
Maize As Fed
AB Vista
B
A
A
AFBI
A
A
A
Agri-Lloyd
P
P
P
Aurivo
B
B
A
Bandon
A
A
B
CBA
C
A
B
Dairygold
A
A
A
FarmLab
A
A
A
FBA
A
A
B
Harpers
B
B
A
Kerry
B
A
A
Masseys
B
B
A
NWF
A
B
A
SAC
A
B
A
Sciantec
B
B
A
Trouw
A
A
A
DM
Starch
NDF

The initial maize sample round of the FAA Proficency Test continued the good performance of the whole crop and maize samples.
94% of labs achieved an A or B grade (44% A and 50% B) and one lab did not submit data resulting in a Justifiable Reason P grade.
On the individual parameters, there was one C grade in Dry Matter and only A and B grades on Starch and Fibre (NDF).
This is a consistent performance on a silage type which is not homogenous showing that sample handling and equipment use is following protocol and customers can be assured of the quality of results.


October 2023

October 2023
Whole Crop As Fed
AB Vista
A
A
A
AFBI
A
A
A
Agri-Lloyd
P
P
P
Aurivo
A
C
A
Bandon
B
A
A
CBA
C
A
A
Dairygold
A
A
A
FarmLab
A
A
A
FBA
A
B
A
Harpers
A
B
A
Kerry
B
A
A
Masseys
B
B
A
NWF
B
B
A
SAC
B
A
A
Sciantec
A
A
B
Trouw
A
A
A
DM
Starch
NDF

For the first whole crop round of the season, a very good performance was achieved by the group members. Overall, 94% achieved an A or B grade for the three key parameters of Dry Matter, Starch and Fibre (NDF). This was made up of 69% A grade and 25% B grade and indicates predicted NIRS values very close to the reference chemistry. One lab did not provide data resulting in a Justifiable Reason grade P for this round.


September 2023

September 2023
Grass As Fed
AB Vista
B
A
B
AFBI
A
A
A
Agri-Lloyd
A
A
B
Aurivo
B
A
A
Bandon
B
A
B
CBA
B
A
B
Dairygold
A
A
A
FarmLab
A
A
B
FBA
B
B
A
Harpers
A
A
B
Kerry
P
P
P
Masseys
A
A
B
NWF
A
A
A
SAC
B
A
A
Sciantec
A
B
A
Trouw
A
A
A
DM
CP
NDF

The new season of the FAA Group Proficiency Testing began in September with a round of grass silage samples.
An overall performance level of 94% A or B grades was achieved with just one lab unable to submit samples for the round. This is a very good start to the season with this figure being made up of 69% A grade and 25% B grade.
There were no C or F grades in either the overall performance or on the individual parameters of Dry Matter, Crude Protein and Neutral Detergent Fibre (NDF).
With the importance of reliable forage analysis coming into winter feeding times, these results provide confidence to farmers and feed advisers as they prepare rations.


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