Soil Testing

The IEC provides a pasture, forage, soil and water analysis service which helps farmers optimise the development of their animals. We provide a collection service or farmers can collect the samples and send them to us. For information on the collection or sampling of soil, grass or water please contact the Environment and Nutrition Department at the Irish Equine Centre.

If you wish to optimise the production of your horses, you need to know what your soil requires to grow healthy grass. Once you have provided targeted fertilization to the soil it is now important to know what levels of good and bad minerals and metals are available in your pasture for your horse. This can only be done by gathering factual information by seasonal analysis of your grass and getting to know your farm. 

If your grass is still mineral poor following optimisation of soil and grass analysis, you will need to supplement your horses through additional feed or mineral supplementation. If your grass is mineral-rich, additional supplementation may not be required. Soil analysis profiling of pasture land should be carried out at least once every two years and grass analysis should be carried at least once a year during the growing season.

  • Soil sampling
  • Soil pH
  • N,P,K levels
  • Mineral levels
  • Antagonistic metal levels