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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John, Helicopters and Baseball Caps

That John was odd is a fact about which there was no doubt. That he was ungainly looking, awkward, socially inept and of limited intelligence was also obvious. John was in fifth year when I met him. His mother had brought him to the office because she was alarmed about his “preoccupation” with helicopters. It seems his teachers had expressed concerns about John’s constant reference to the helicopter which followed him to school each day. They were also concerned because John’s fellow students in school were intolerant of him, occasionally verbally abusive to him and had “set him up” on numerous occasions, at one time encouraging him to sing the national anthem aloud during prayer time in an assembly.

John’s one friend in school was Mr. O’Reilly, his English teacher. O’Reilly was a young lad who had only completed his teacher training the year before. O’Reilly was from a large family, born in rural Ireland he was the youngest and had been adored by his mother and father. O’Reilly was a kind and decent man who had seen life’s difficulties up close and person. One of his brothers was incarcerated for car theft, a sister had moved to England after having giving birth to her third child by her third partner (the other two children were fathered by each of her two other partners) and he had an older brother who spent years in an out of a psychiatric hospital. As a result of this unusual, but rich and loving family background, O’Reilly was sensitive and tolerant to difference. Of all the teachers in the school he alone recognised something essentially good and decent about John.

My first impression of John was that he was unusual odd looking. Tall and gangly with a face studded with bad acne and teeth that seemed to protrude from every corner of his mouth he sat gazing upward in his chair. His mother introduced him saying that he was shy and didn’t quite understand why he was here. Despite this acknowledgment of his shyness John was eager to talk,wholesale snapbacks, rose to greet me and shook my hand warmly. “Are you afraid of helicopters?” was his introductory remark to me. As we walked to the office to have a chat I could not help but notice that John was constantly staring at the ceiling.

John spoke freely about his experiences in secondary school. He talked about the number of lads who laughed at him, who encouraged him to do things he really didn’t want to do, like singing aloud during prayer time. He talked about his teachers who, according to him, either didn’t care to notice he was in the room or dismissed him as being a slow learner. He mentioned several staff members who were kind and gentle and who went out of their way to wish him good morning and inquire about his family. “There are a lot of good teachers in my school. Some are a bit cranky all right,new balance baratas, but a lot of them are just trying to do their job. It isn’t easy when a lot of kids are acting the maggot in class.” As he talked about his teachers and the “…nice lady who gives me a cup of tea in the parent’s room…” he began to cry.

Through his tears John began to talk about Mr. O’Reilly. “That teacher is the best, he understands me. He told me that if I go for help the helicopter would go away and I won’t hear those noises all the time. He even told me, and I’m not supposed to say this, that he has a brother who had a problem just like mine and that he got help in a hospital. Don’t tell anyone I told you that please.” After further questioning it became clear that John was an adolescent with schizophrenia. He was having auditory hallucinations, believed there was a helicopter following him everywhere, even into school and was frightened and anxious all the time.

John ended up in hospital of course, was given the appropriate medication and his hallucinations went away. In the day room,Replica Rolex, once every week, there was a bingo game. Every week Mr. O’Reilly came and visited John,Replica Rolex Watches, playing bingo with him. One week’s prize was New York Yankee’s baseball cap that had been on display all week long before bingo. John loved that cap, he lived for it, it was all he could talk about for the week. He even phoned Mr. O’Reilly once,wholesale snapbacks hats, with permission of course, and told him about the cap and how much he wanted to win it at bingo. That week Mr. O’Reilly turned up as usual. Throughout the bingo game all John talked about was the baseball cap. O’Reilly thought John mustn’t be taking his medication!

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.


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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When Should I Start Using Sure Champ?

Recently, we’ve had a lot of people asking when they should start using Sure Champ. The answer is quite simple – as soon as your livestock go onto feed or as soon as your get them home after purchase. Transitioning animals onto a grain diet or the arrival of livestock to their new home can be stressful. Amaferm, found in Sure Champ and Vita Charge, helps improve digestive health and stimulates appetite especially in stressful situations. By including Sure Champ in your ration from the beginning you can make sure your livestock are on the right path of increased appetite, more bloom and freshness and improved digestive health. As with any supplement you will need to slowly introduce Sure Champ into the diet and work up to the recommended .25-.5 lb. or 1 lb. a day feeding, depending on the species.

We even have people that use Sure Champ in their Creep Feed.

A follow up questions is how long should I use Sure Champ? Since Sure Champ is a natural product, it should be used throughout the entire feeding period. As with most supplements it is important to feed for a minimum of 30 days to see full results. For those that are showing sheep, goats or heifers you may consider transitioning your females onto one of our VitaFerm minerals, after your show season is complete, to ensure you maximum reproductive performance of your livestock.

If you have nutrition questions please email To find a Sure Champ dealer near you click here.


Junior Spotlight: Logan Wright

Logan Wright“People who shine from within don’t need a spotlight”- anonymous. When I first met Logan I could quickly tell that this young man’s determination and work ethic were going to take him far. Logan is not one to ask for recognition or the spotlight to be aimed at him. He is a successful, humble young man that truly shines from within. We are excited to feature Logan as our Sure Champ Junior Spotlight. – Britney Creamer

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Logan Wright, I am 13 yrs. old and from Philippi, WV. I have been showing as a Jr. since 2011. I have a sister, Alexis, who shows along with me. We are very competitive with each other. I enjoy being able to exhibit at all levels, NJAS is one of my favorite shows. I have made friends from all over the U.S.

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

I show Angus cattle. I have several people who have influenced me in my show career; without each of them I wouldn’t be where I am today. I owe all of my success in the backdrop and showmanship to Tim Fitzgerald, Bob & Margaret Duprey of Cherry Knoll, Bruce and Amie Stertzbach of SCC, Andrew Foster & Seldom Rest, and Alan Miller of PVF- they have all influenced me to become the best I can be, and I can’t thank them enough. But, most of all my dad has influenced me the most. He always pushes me to strive for the best and without his support and hard work, I wouldn’t be able to compete at the level I am.

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What is one of your favorite showring moments?

I just couldn’t pick one favorite – one of the best moments was when I won Grand-Champion Bred-and-Owned Bull at the NJAS with “Frogger”.  He was out of my very first show heifer, Sunny from SCC.

Winning Grand Champion Bull and Grand Champion Heifer at the Atlantic National made for an awesome day! I will never forget that moment.

Grand Champion Cow/Calf at the 2014 NJAS is also special. “Miss Kay” is one of a kind – she makes it all worth it. I also had Div. II calf champion with “J.J.”-  and class winner with T.K.  I had an awesome run this year at NJAS.

 Bootlegger & Logan

How has Sure Champ helped you achieve success in the showring?

Since we started using Sure Champ products, we have noticed a huge difference in the hair coat and appetite of the show cattle.  Our show heifers are more competitive in the showring.

What are your future plans?

Right now, I would like to be able to continue showing and be successful in the ring.  It’s always pretty cool to wait on a show heifer’s first calf and hopefully show as a bred and owned. I like to learn from the crews we have, and have the opportunity to help other kids one day.  As, for college plans- most likely something in the agriculture field.


Anything else you would like to add.

I would like to thank Sure Champ for giving me the opportunity to be in the Jr. Spotlight.  Without the support of my family and the farms we purchase our cattle from supporting me, I wouldn’t be able to be in the Winner’s Circle. I am truly lucky to be a part of some great teams.