July Best of the Web

Every month we get so many great pictures from our customers and dealers we want to make sure you got a chance to see them. You’ll see that all of our customers this month were hard at work making sure their animal’s nutrition was at it’s best. We hope you enjoy the pictures we have selected for this month.

Putting out mineral

The girls at Broken Road Cattle are caught in action putting out VitaFerm mineral to their cows!

Lindgren girl

West family show barn manager, Jason Lindgren’s daughter loves adding Sure Champ!


Thank you @ynot_2 for sending us this inspiration photo & congratulations on winning our photo of the day with this!

CYT Sammi

Thanks CYT for capturing this photo with showman Sammi Schrag showing in the Sure Champ ring at Shorthorn Junior National!

Priest Farms

“All of our calves that we pull to doctor get Vita Charge Drench, and the calves go to the feed bunk quicker since we’ve started using it!” Thank you Priest Cattle Company for sending in this photo and quote from Manager Salvador Martinez.

Send your photos to champ@biozymeinc.com or tag us on your social media and you may see your picture in next months best of the web!

Show Steer Toys For Kids

Toy Show SteerThose that show cattle have to admit we have an intense interest and love for anything that embraces the stock show life. That is exactly how I felt the first time I saw Sarah Wray’s show steer toys. Sarah grew up in the purebred cattle industry and a large majority of her youth was spent participating within the stock show circuits and 4-H. Now, as a mom, her own children, nieces and nephews have become interested in showing. Like many stock show kids their interest reaches far beyond the showring or barn. Stock show kids are known to try and incorporate the stock show life into every aspect of their lives because of their passion for the industry. That usually includes turning mom’s living room carpet into pastures for pretend show heifers.

Sarah’s children are much the same way and she grew increasing frustrated with the selection of cattle toys. Sarah says, “I saw friends of my children who were interested in horses and dressage have amazing toys readily available, which met the standards of their passion. And I couldn’t find a single cow that fit the bill.  That’s how The Stock Show Toy Co. was born.  They say invention is the product of necessity, and in this case, it couldn’t be more true!”

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Junior Spotlight: Cole Wilcox

It takes determination, dedication and countless hours spent in the show barn to be successful in the with one specie of livestock- let alone two. Cole Wilcox has seen more success than many juniors can dream of showing cattle and hogs. But, you will not find a more humble young man that continues to have passion for the livestock industry. – Kinzie Selke, Sure Champ Intern

Tell us about yourself. 

cole wilcox

Hi my name is Cole Wilcox. I’m 16 years old and from Bedford, Indiana. Son of John and Trisha Wilcox and brother to Kate Wilcox. I’m a sophomore at Bedford North Lawrence High School. I enjoy playing football showing livestock, livestock judging and hanging out with friends.

What do you show and who has been your biggest influence in the show ring?

I show both calves and pigs. I have showed cattle for seven years and pigs for three years. In the cattle industry the person that has had the most influence on my show career is my mom and dad. They are always there when I need help and have always helped me to become a better person.

In the pig industry, Travis Platt has had the biggest impact on my show career he is the one who has pushed me to do bigger and better things and is always by my side in the showring.

What is your favorite show ring memory?

My favorite show ring memory is winning Grand Barrow at Indiana State Fair with a Duroc and Willie Kirkpatrick saying “when ever they unloaded this one they brought a cannon to a knife fight’’ and moments later slapped “Gunner” on his back.

grand barrow isf cole

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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.

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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. New this year the show will include a miniature Hereford division for both steers and heifers. 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: www.riteontarget.com.