Hair Mineral Analysis

Once the mineral status of feedingstuffs and forages has been ascertained, the next step is to monitor animal health and productivity. Hair is a relatively easy tissue to sample, compared, for example, to blood which requires the presence of a vet.


Hair is sensitive to mineral status and therefore can represent an effective monitor. Sequential hair sampling, (using same coloured hair taken from one area, by preference the brisket) can measure trends in mineral movement, i.e. the minerals increasing or decreasing.


Albion Laboratory Services analyse 13 mineral elements in hair:

  • Calcium (Ca)
  • Iron (Fe)
  • Magnesium (Mg)
  • Phosphorus (P)
  • Potassium (K)
  • Sodium (Na)
  • Sulphur (S)
  • Manganese (Mn)
  • Copper (Cu)
  • Zinc (Zn)
  • Selenium (Se)
  • Arsenic (As)
  • Lead (Pb)




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