Lancaster DHIA was approved as an independent organization by National DHIA in 1994.
The same year, the board decided to research the possibility of building their own sample
lab in Lancaster county. After researching, and touring labs in Vermont, Maryland, Tennessee
and Ohio, the decision was made to proceed with the project, and the days of Lancaster DHIA
as a truly independent organization had begun.
The lab was built in what had been a chicken
house on the property of Jay Mylin in Manheim in Northern Lancaster DHIA. After researching
equipment, and placing it on bids, the decision was made to purchase a Bentley 500 combi. In
1996, the growing interest in milk urea nitrogen analysis prompted the organization to
purchase one of the first Bentley wet-chemistry MUN machines.
The lab is
currently processing over 168,000 component samples, 21,000 MUN samples
and 5,000 produce payment samples per month.