Lab Services at MasterLab

Rigorous by Nature

MasterLab is dedicated to providing quality forage and feed testing lab services that meet the requirements of international standards and guidelines. Formerly known as Trouw Nutrition Laboratory, we have served customers for 60 years and provide lab services for livestock feed and agriculture materials analysis.

We are a certified in precision nutrition, highlighting the link between agri-food production, agricultural producers, and consumers. Lab services include the sample analysis of multiple ingredients such as forages, hay, food, oil and water.  We provide producers insights essential for herd management with results available through our secured web platform.

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Services we offer

Physical Testing
Nutritional Labelling
Quality Control - Plant Ingredients
General Sample Analysis

A State of The Art Lab For The Agriculture and Agri-Food Industry


A Trusted Lab 

With over 60 years of experience, our lab has been providing reliable service to producers and businesses across the country. Our team of 30 full-time professionals maintain a rigorous quality control process and offer services in English and French.

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Cutting Edge Technology Supporting  Sustainability

Analysis by XRF spectroscopy (X-ray fluorescence) is a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly and quick method that allows a precise analysis of several minerals, including certain minor elements, whether in liquid, solid, or oily form.

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” …science is proof of everything in our field of expertise...”Master” in MasterLab refers to quality, competence, and is a reference within the scientific community across Canada."
Lab Director, Hélène Lachance


What Certifications does the Lab hold?

The MasterLab Laboratory is ISO/IEC 17025:2017 certified. It has been accredited since 1998 and retains the accreditation following regular audits by Standards Council of Canada personnel. In order to maintain this accreditation our laboratory needs to fulfill a set of strict requirements that cover all activities including : staff training, sample handling and use of validated and proven testing methods.

Scope of Accreditation

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SCC number : 15353

(Conforms with requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017)

Since 1996, our laboratory has retained a certification by NFTA (National Forage Testing Association) by annually participating in their proficiency testing program, consistently achieving top ratings. 

Our laboratory also has the NOPA/AOCS Certified Lab certification for referee analysis on soybean meal according to the NOPA (National Oilseed Processors Association) trading rules.  We are the ONLY Lab in Canada that has this certification. 

4760, Martineau street
Saint-Hyacinthe (Quebec) J2R 1V1

What does the Lab do to ensure results are accurate and credible?

Accuracy and Reliability

To ensure the accuracy and reliability of our analytical results we: 

1.  Participate in external proficiency testing programs
The testing programs in which we participate are organized by reputable international organizations that validate the laboratory’s accuracy. Testing includes:

AOCS: Nutritional labeling
AOCS: Oil seed meal testing 
AOCS: CholesterolAOCS: Unground soybean
AOCS: Marine oil
AAFCO: Complete feed analysis
NFTA: Complete forage testing
AACC: Testing of vitamins, sugars, minerals and dietary fiber
LGC: Microbiological analysis of foods and feeds
DSM: PigmentsMasterLab, participate to: Mycotoxins, Aquaculture, Feeds & Feed Materials programsRomer, participation in the program: MycotoxinsTrilogy, participation in the program: Drugs

2)  Internal Quality Assurance
Our internal quality assurance program includes testing of all activities and controls in each batch of samples. 

3) Training Programs
Our staff proficiency is regularly monitored, staff members performing analytical testing follow a rigorous and structured training. 

4) Confidentiality
Our laboratory uses a Laboratory Management system for the handling of all customers’ data to ensure that it remains highly confidential.

What types of samples do you analyze?

We are a full-service lab for the agriculture and agri-food industry.  On average we analyze over 90,000 samples per year. We can take care of all your regulatory and legal needs required for sample analysis:  complete feed ingredients, water, fat, oil, food and fodder.   Do not hestitate to contact us if the sample analysis you need isn't listed here.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of products we can test at the MasterLab:

  • Fat (Animal fat)
  • Oil
  • Food for human consumption
  • Ingredients (corn, wheat, soya, etc)
  • Complete feed
  • Premix
  • Micro
  • Supplement
  • Water
  • Eggs
  • Fresh meat
  • Medication
  • Hay
  • Haylage
  • TMR
  • Corn silage
  • Minerals
  • Products coated in fat
  • Vitamins
  • Sponge/Swab (for microbiological tests)
  • Insects

What types of tests do you perform?

We use the latest equipment to offer over 125 different types of analysis procedures like Mycotoxins, Proximates, Medications, Nutritional Labelling, Fatty Acid Profiles, Vitamins, Amino Acids and Sugars for example. 

What is your service area?

We work with customers across Canada and the United States and offer service in English and French. Excellent customer service is a priority.  We can help guide you in submitting your samples and efficiently send back your results. 

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MasterLab facility services US and Canadian customers

We recently moved to a new location in Quebec. Our state-of-the-art laboratory continues our excellent reputation and long-standing history of dedication to providing our customers with high quality food and feed testing services.