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Canadian Alfalfa Seed Council

Crop Diversification Centre - South
301 Horticultural Station Road East
Brooks, AB T1R 1E6
Telephone: 403-362-0453    Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Cocoon Testing Centre will be open from November 18, 2013 to April 18, 2014. The Centre will also be closed For the Christmas Holiday Dec.20/13 and will be reopened Jan.6/14.
The office will be open Monday to Friday from 9:00a.m.to 12:00 & 1:00 to 3:00p.m. Please call before dropping a sample off at the office.
The Cocoon Testing Centre now has Sample bags available for you! We hope this will make sampling and testing more efficient and having the correct amount and information is being sent in. If you need some bags you can contact the Centre and have them mailed, picked up or will be available at Alfalfa seed Commission (Alberta) Producer meetings.

*X-Ray Analysis: live count, parasites, machine damage, Chalkbrood, etc.
$52.39 + $2.61(GST) = $55.00

*Sex Ratio: includes an x-ray analysis & female count, Allow 6-8 week
(Samples must be sent in by March 7/14)
$104.78 + $5.22(GST) = $110.00

*Rush Samples: X-Ray Analysis $110.00, Sex Ratio $165.00

Very Important: Samples are done on a first come first serve basis, No date is guaranteed! So if you need your results by a certain date I advise Rushing your sample. Please call the Centre before dropping off any samples.

Please include payment (cheque only) with samples along with phone, Email, address and sample bags numbered.
The procedure will be as follows:
-          Fill the Cocoon Testing lab sample bags to “Fill Line” (about 5cups) with a well-mixed batch of bees.
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Cheques made payable to “Canadian Alfalfa Seed Council”.
-          Samples will not be processed until payment is received.
-          All samples must be received for sampling by April 18/14
-          Sex ratio tests cannot be done separately; an x-ray must be done before a sex ratio test can be completed.
-          Results will be sent by Email, unless otherwise requested or email is unavailable

We’d like to thank you for all your support and patience! Last season the lab hadn’t process that amount of samples in more than 15yrs. We look forward to having another busy and more efficient year with the technical upgrades/lab help that we have integrated into the day to day testing process.

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