Nutrition Program for Reproductive Success in Goats

Goat Nutrition While cutting edge goat research may leave producers desiring more information there is a lot of applied ruminant research that can certainly help us answer important questions. One question that is commonly asked is “Which VitaFerm product should I be using to maximize reproductive success in my does”?  The question becomes even more important as technology investments into AI and embryo transplant greatly increase the financial risk associated with a failed pregnancy. BioZyme nutrionist, Kevin Glaubius took the time to answer these questions.

In regards to which product is best, one must understand some basic nutrition principles.  There is a hierarchy of nutrient use in every animal. Energy, protein, calcium, phosphorus and trace minerals, like copper and zinc, are applied according to this hierarchy to meet to the requirements for certain bodily functions first. At the top is basic maintenance functions to support daily life and immune function. Then any excess can be used for the additional functions such as fetal development, growth, lactation, reproduction and fattening.  Reproduction is really not impacted until most other needs are met. Therefore to impact reproduction you must first meet animal needs for maintenance, growth, fetal development (when bred), and lactation.

It is also important to note that a single nutrient deficiency can stop success at any stage.  Your ration may be perfectly balanced for 24 of 25 nutrients, but the one that is limiting will determine the ultimate response by the animal. The goal is to provide an adequate and balanced supply of all nutrients. Macronutrients such as energy, protein, calcium and phosphorus are required in the largest amounts and meeting the requirements for those nutrients will be the bulk of the ration. That does not mean that vitamins and trace minerals are not important. In fact they are very important, but if you feed a great mineral package but yet are short on energy or protein you will be disappointed with your overall reproductive success.


Top Five Reasons to be a Sure Champ Intern

As the summer comes to a close, the interns are thankful for the opportunity given to us this summer. It was truly an experience like none other. We encourage every college student to apply for these internships. And here is our top 5 reasons why…

5. Learning what? Our first week at BioZyme, Inc consisted of learning all the products produced- from Amaferm (the key ingredient in every product) to Vitalize to Concept-Aid to Sure Champ. We learned how it was made and why these products are important. If you want to know more about animal nutrition, you will find yourself right at home in the BioZyme office.  You can sit in as many animal nutrition classes as you want, but until you ride in a truck with Kevin (Director of Nutrition and Technical Sales) for 20 hours- you know nothing. And we only touched on a couple species!

4. Eating at yummy places There is no doubt that all of us like to eat. Average daily gain for us is as efficient as the animals on our products. Obviously, this had to make the top 5. #moreappetite

3. Become a Road Warrior We thought we were well versed in traveling- after all we are all stockshow kids. However, you will not travel more in shorter time than with this internship. We made it to Pennsylvania to Colorado and from south Texas to northern Iowa. We certainly gave Siri a work out on our adventures. “Take me to…”

2. Wheels and popcorn Both of these will make you the best friend to all the kids at junior nationals. After all, you hold the tokens. See #1.

1. Meeting People Without a doubt, this was all of our favorite. Laramie appreciated all young ladies’ Facebook friend requests! :) In all seriousness, we are incredibly grateful for the friendships made on the show road and for the extreme generosity of Bob & Lisa Norton and the staff here at BioZyme, Inc.



We will see you on the show road soon (again).

~The Interns

Rite on Target Jackpot Show

Are you looking for a late September show before you hit the heat of the competition at the American Royal or the North American International Livestock Expo (NAILE)? If so, mark your calendars to attend the Rite on Target Jackpot show September 20 and 21, 2014. This event will be held in Grand Island, Nebraska at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds with Overall Champions receiving a payout of $1,500 and Overall Reserve Champions $750.

Show Rite

This event is open to junior exhibitors from across the world ages 5 to 21 and a showmanship contest will also be held in conjunction with the show. Open to pig and cattle, The Rite on Target Jackpot will offer a division for prospects pigs weighing 190 lb and less and a division for market pigs weighing 200 lb or more with a 10 lb weigh back. All barrows and gilts will show together. In the market steer show, the steers will be broke by weight with a 5% weigh back and in the heifer show all purebred heifers must be 6-24 months of age with papers. You do not need to be a a Show Rite customer to attend.

Check in will be on Friday September 19, 2104 and all show rules, regulations and entry forms can be found on the website:

Junior Spotlight: Emma Vickland

Emma VicklandThe livestock industry is filled with amazing, talented and inspiring young people, and this junior spotlight combines all those attributes into one of the most sincere and appreciative juniors I have met. Steve Jobs once said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do” and it’s safe to say that this is why Emma Vickland does such great work; it’s because she loves it! It is with home state Colorado pride that I invite you to read about our newest Sure Champ Junior Spotlight, Emma Vickland. – Britney Creamer

Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Longmont, Colorado on a diversified cattle operation with my Mom and six other siblings, where we raise and show many different breeds of cattle. From the moment I was big enough to reach a calf’s halter and hold a show stick in my hand, I was hooked. My entire life has been molded around the livestock industry, and I wouldn’t trade that for the world. In addition to successfully showing cattle in dozens of states while in 4H, I also competed on a two-time National Champion 4-H Livestock Judging Team and was the High Individual at N.A.I.L.E.  I recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Redlands Community College with an associates in Animal Science. While I was studying there, I participated as a member of the National Champion Livestock Judging Team, Aggie Club, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and I also achieved the status of an All-American Jr. College Livestock Judging Contestant. I am also currently serving as an At-Large Director for the American Junior Chianina Association.

What species do you show and who has influenced you most in your show career?

Although I am dedicated to showing multiple breeds of cattle, I have also enjoyed showing hogs, goats, turkeys, and even rabbits. There have been so many people that have influenced me in my show career, in fact too many to list. Some of these people include my siblings, Ryan Johnson, Chase Reed, Colby Taber, Ed Cody, Scott & Jared Werning, Nick Riemann, Todd Caldwell and Crew, and many more but the most important person that has influenced me is my Mom. She is by far the hardest working, most ambitious, and independent thinking person I will ever know.  She continues to practice medicine, manage our family’s cattle operation, and raise seven children after my father’s death in 2005. She has so much drive and passion for showing, raising, and managing cattle. I hope to one day become half as accomplished of a businesswoman and stock show mom she is.


Best Livestock Apps

Favorite Livestock AppsWith social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, livestock producers are becoming more globally connected. However, many of us forget about the rest of the tools that can be found, literally, in the palm of our hand. I joined “Team iPhone” recently and have been excited to try out many livestock apps. Here is my analysis of some of the best. – Kinzie Selke, Sure Champ Public Relations Intern



Drive AP

DRIVE: (Free) DRIVE is a continuous supporter of livestock and youth events across the country. The app gives you access to all their social media sites and includes articles about livestock shows, nutrition and industry insight. They even have a few agriculture job listings!


Hereford ApHereford Events: (Free) Keep up to date with all things Hereford cattle with this app. Miss the 2014 Junior National Hereford Expo? No problem-get the results here! This app also sends out push notifications to remind you of important deadlines and events.



Angus ApAngus Mobile: (Free) If you have Angus cattle and don’t have this app you are missing out! All the current articles released by the American Angus Association can be found here. Plus, you can find all their events. However, my favorite thing about this app is the ability to access information for your Angus herd any where at any time! It serves as a calving and inventory book and you can call the American Angus Association straight from this app!



Be Prepared for Fall Weaning

Fall is right around the corner and along with cooler evening temperatures this time of the year means weaning and shipping for many people. The first 30-45 days after a calf is weaned is perhaps the most stressful period of its life. Good performance and health during this time can set the stage for an efficient and profitable feedout, or a long and productive life in the cow herd. On the other hand, most of the sickness and death loss due to respiratory disease happens at this time. In addition to respiratory disease, digestive upsets that occur here may show up as founder, liver abscesses and other side effects later on. Cattle that are fed too conservatively at this stage may pass up the most potentially efficient period of their life and add extra days on feed, and cost of gain. A few simple considerations will help ease this transition.


At BioZyme we offer a variety of products that can help ease the weaning transition, but one of the convenient methods and most popular products is to throw a Vita Charge Stress Tub in the pen. The Vita Charge Stress Tubs are a great way for animals to get their daily dose of Amaferm; the leading ingredient in all of BioZyme’s products. Amaferm is a research proven rumen stimulator that ignites appetite. You’ll see your livestock utilizing rations more efficiently and appetites steadier especially during stressful situations such as feed and water changes and weaning. (more…)