Junior Spotlight: Clark Sisters

Clark Sisters

Photo credits Showtimes Magazine & Hiedi Anderson

“Good teams become great ones, when the members trust each other enough to surrender the ME for the WE.” – Phil Jackson. If you’re looking for young people that inspire you look no further than the Clark sisters from Arkansas. These young ladies are the definition of commitment and in their few short years of eligibility in the showring they have accomplished more than most will in a lifetime. Their family pride and teamwork doesn’t go unnoticed as you will find Mom, Dad and all three girls washing, blowing, clipping and dressing cattle at home and at shows! It is an honor to feature sisters Chancee and Carlee in the Sure Champ Junior Spotlight. -Britney Creamer

Tell us a little about yourselves.

We are Chancee and Carlee Clark, we are 11 and 9 from Romance, Arkansas. We also have a little sister named Chloee that is 7. Our family owns and operates Clark Show Cattle, where we raise and sell top of line show heifers and steers. Our family has been raising cattle for nearly 50 years.

Clark Sisters

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something you accept no excuses; only results.” – Kenneth Blanchard

What species do you show and how long have you been showing?

We show steers and Maintainer, Chi, and Charolais Composite heifers. We have both been showing since we were 5.

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The Sure Champ Boys of Fall

Fall is an exciting time of year, temperatures are finally dropping, pigs are being born and show steers and heifer calves are finding new homes, college football season is in full swing and major livestock shows such as the American Royal and NAILE are just around the corner. We are always excited to announce the new faces of the Sure Champ scoop, but this fall we are exceptionally excited as we are featuring all boys, also known as the Sure Champ Boys of Fall.

Boys of the Fall

As you open your bag of Sure Champ this fall you could find Cole Wilcox – Grand Champion Steer Indiana State Fair, Austin Rodenbeck – Reserve Champion Gilt Summer Spectacular, Cole Moore Grand Champion Polled Female Junior National Hereford Expo or Kane Aegerter – Grand Champion Female Chianina Junior Nationals on your scoop.

These boys were selected to represent Sure Champ this fall not only because of the banners they received, but because of the kind of people they are. These young men represent the Live it. Love it. Lead it. Sure Champ motto. They are hard working, humble, and genuinely nice guys that their peers respect and those younger showman look up to.

So here’s to a successful fall with lots of banners, hours spent in the barn, friendships made, and examples of hard work and integrity created.

Benefits of Sure Champ Beyond Amaferm

At BioZyme we constantly find ourselves talking about the Amaferm advantage and how all of our products contain Amaferm, but products such as Sure Champ have their own benefits beyond Amaferm. When asked why a person needs to feed Sure Champ and not solely Amaferm, the answer is simple.

Sure Champ contains quality protein sources to improve the animal’s performance. The vitamin and trace minerals are elevated beyond commercial feed supplements to help support hair growth and overall nutrition. The vitamin and trace mineral combination also help to prevent and fend off stress and diseases that are more prevalent at shows. Sure Champ alone allows for increased flexibility to adjust rations as needed which in turn makes it convenient for show animals whose rations can vary depending on time of year and overall goal for that given animal.

Today we see a more powerful line up of genetics and performance within the show industry.  It is important to couple those genetics with powerful, performance enhancing feed supplements to get the absolute most out of these animals. It is for this reason Sure Champ was created and stands alone when compared to just adding Amaferm.  We have elevated our levels of protein sources, vitamins and trace minerals to meet the needs beyond Amaferm Amaferm helps you get more out of your feed while Sure Champ makes your feed even better!

To find out more about Sure Champ and it’s benefits beyond Amaferm contact your Area Sales Manager or visit www.surechamp.com.

Recipes from the Ranch

The last of summer and fall in most of the U.S. means county and state fair time.  It’s the culmination of our youth and families work that started in the barn. These shows are a time to showcase the projects that have taught our children so much about what it takes to be a winner even if the ribbon doesn’t end up showing it. 

For parents it’s also a time to feed the hungry crowds that always seem to gather right around feeding time for both animals and humans!  Each year I pack my big black food box with wheels, that my husband surprised me with, for housing all my cooking tools, crock pots, roasters, spices and foods that I need in order to feed our hungry family and friends. We have found that it’s easier to feed everyone at the barn so that when you finally get to leave you don’t spend a ton of time and money at restaurants when you could be getting rest and ultimately valuable sleep for the busy next show day!

Recipes we cook must feed a crowd and be simple enough to cook on ‘low’ as it heats in our roasters to feed everyone as they are ready to eat after either showing or feeding their animals. 

Today in anticipation of this special time of the year, I have shared a new recipe and few tried and true ones that can easily be prepared for your groups and enjoyed anytime of the year in or out of the show barn! 

Good luck at your state and county fairs!  What a fun time you have ahead, and if you are looking for more great recipes be sure to check out The Ranch Kitchen blog.

Peach Cobbler

Sure Champion Crockpot Peach Cobbler

2 cans peach pie filling

1 stick butter or margarine (8 tablespoons)

1 box white or yellow cake mix

Prepare your crock pot by spraying with Pam cooking spray over the entire inside.  Place one can of peach pie filling or really any pie filling of your choice.  Sprinkle the cake mix over the pie filling evenly. Melt one stick of butter or margarine in a microwave safe bowl and pour as evenly as possible over the cake mix.  Turn on crock pot on high and cook for 3 – 4 hours with top securely on.  Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream! 

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Farrowing Barn Protocol

It seems like the summer is flying by, and with fall approaching that means that for most farrowing is heavily underway. This summer Sure Champ has once again proven itself as a supplement that works. Amaferm, is the foundation for Sure Champ and all our products manufactured at BioZyme. What’s unique about Amaferm is it can produce the same positive effects on the production side as it does in the showring.

Farrowing

It is no secret that Amaferm helps reduce digestive problems associated with stress, increases efficiency and improves overall health. This makes products containing Amaferm ideal for the farrowing barn.

1.      Digest More – Digest More is a pelleted form of Amaferm that can be used in any livestock feeding situation. As we all know, Amaferm works to reduce stress, inevitably increasing appetite and digestibility during high stress likes like farrowing those times. Producers have seen the most success by including 15 lb./per ton of Digest More in their gestation and lactation rations. To ensure that Amaferm is in their system before entering the farrowing house, it’s a good idea to start putting it in their diet about three weeks before they enter the farrowing house and throughout the duration of their stay in there.

2.      Vita Charge Paste – As most of you have experienced, Vita Charge is an incredible tool for getting livestock back on feed quickly.  Much like the relationship between Sure Champ and Vita Charge, the Digest More and Vita Charge feeding protocol is similar. Digest More works as a constant in their diet to help maintain steady consumption and promote gut health. Vita Charge is a must when putting sows in the crate. Putting 10 ml of Vita Charge Paste on top of their feed twice a day once they enter the farrowing house will provide sows and gilts with an immediate spark and will likely allow the transition back on to feed after they farrow to be easier. Producers who have used Vita Charge in their farrowing house will not go without it!

3.      Liquid Boost – We are very proud to announce our newest product to the VitaCharge line. Liquid Boost is a liquid form of Vita Charge. Most importantly for hog producers, we have formulated and packaged it in a way that it can be used in medicators for your nursery! It comes in a 2.5 gallon jug and you simply put the medicator line in the Liquid Boost jug and it’s ready to go at a 1:128 dosage rate. Again, since Amaferm shines during stressful times in an animal’s life, we can’t think of a better way for it to be used than when weaning a group of pigs. Liquid Boost is currently only available through our headquarters. Please contact Becky Keesaman to place your order.

We are very excited about how well our products help aide swine producers in their farrowing process. Please feel free to contact Jason Lackey, Pig Specialist, with any questions you might have.

What’s the Difference Between Vita Charge Drench and Paste?

BioZyme, Inc. offers a variety of products for your livestock’s nutritional requirements. A common question we receive is, “what is the difference between Vita Charge paste and Vita Charge drench?”

When comparing Vita Charge paste to Vita Charge drench, it should be noted that both products are designed to stimulate appetite, improve digestion and help stimulate immune response. Both products are compatible with antibiotics and offer no drug interaction.

The paste offers more versatility and contains no copper, therefore allowing multi-species use. The paste is a convenient way to administer Vita Charge and comes in three different tube sizes 15 ml, 80 ml, and 300 ml. It is very easy to throw a tube of paste in your tack box, truck or calving kit to ensure timely administration.

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