Feeding Strategies

Whether it’s a youngster rounding the ring for the first time or a seasoned veteran, Amaferm® is a must for the show animal’s diets. With this “secret ingredient” in your feeding program, you’ll be able to balance enhanced growth rate with feed efficiency to help your show animal reach its full genetic potential. Amaferm® is found in the VitaFerm®, Sure Champ® and Vita Charge® products.

Cattle Nutrition 101

When should you feed your animal? Consistency is key when feeding both steers and heifers. Typically, you will feed morning and night and want 12 hours between those feedings. During the summer hot weather can decrease appetite, so it is beneficial to feed early in the morning and late at night. Make sure you clean out any old feed immediately. A calf should be finishing what you have fed them in 30-40 minutes. How long do I need to feed a supplement to see a change? It can take 45-60 days to see a true change from nutrition. There are ...Read More

How and When to Incorporate the Vita Charge Stress Tub

by Blaine Rodgers, Area Sales Manager The Vita Charge® Stress Tub is one of the most innovative and popular products at BioZyme®. The effectiveness and diversity of the orange tub makes it suitable for many situations. While the popularity stems largely from its unique formulation and high quality ingredients, the tub’s mode of consumption also contributes to its success. The potent combination of Amaferm® and MOS helps support the animal’s ability to recover from the effects of stress. Amaferm is a natural prebiotic that increases digestibility to maximize the energy value of feed. It is research-proven to combat stress by supporting the ...Read More

Dealing with Bloat in Show Cattle

Bloat in show cattle is one of the worst things to deal with. When cattle bloat it causes reductions in feed intake, slowed weight gain and in the worst-case situation, even death. When you are dealing with a chronic bloater, be sure to consult your veterinarian, the breeder that you bought your animal from and/or 4-H or FFA advisors for advice. In addition, use these recommendations from our nutrition team. Make sure you are feeding enough roughage. Long stem, course hay will help scratch the rumen, and in turn stimulates rumination (chewing their cud) and eructation (relieving gas), both important ...Read More

The Importance of Weighing Your Feed

You’ve probably heard it a time or two, but doing the simple things right is the fastest way to reach your goal. A lot of decisions go into what you are going to feed your show animals. So, when you dump that bucket of feed into the pan or trough morning and night, you want to make sure your animals are getting exactly the right amount. One of the best investments you can make for your barn or feed room is a simple fishing scale. This allows you to weigh each bucket and measure out the correct amount of feed. ...Read More

5 Ways to Maintain Appetite in Show Cattle

A good appetite is a sign of a healthy animal, however stress, weather changes and a variety of other factors can quickly affect intake. For those customers in the southern states that are entering the last curve before county fairs and the Texas majors, now is the time to ensure appetite is maintained. Stay Consistent Cattle are creatures of habit. Be sure to keep your feeding routine on track morning and night. This same routine should be followed when at the show. Sure Champ® should be fed through the entire feeding phase from start to finish. If you begin using ...Read More

How the VFD Affects Livestock Exhibitors

VFD. Have you heard this term yet? VFD stands for the Veterinary Feed Directive and it is going to have a big impact on how you feed your show animals in 2017. Beginning January 1, 2017 the use of medically important antibiotics in feed or water will fall under the supervision of licensed veterinarians. In order to purchase feed containing antibiotics or antibiotics for administration through water, livestock exhibitors must have a working relationship with their veterinarian. A Veterinary Client Patient Relationship (VCPR) is similar to the relationship one would have with their family doctor. The livestock exhibitor should initiate ...Read More

Formulating a Show Heifer Ration

The nutrition team at BioZyme® regularly gets asked, “What is the perfect show heifer ration?” Truth is, there isn’t a ”perfect” show heifer ration. Determining what to feed your show heifer depends on several factors like genetics, stage of production, and even environment and geographic location. Many different combinations of ingredients can yield the same results, so producers must utilize the feedstuffs they have access to in order to meet their project’s nutritional needs. Generally, if an animal is lacking “bloom”, it is usually due to lack of protein needed to support muscle growth. Younger animals have higher protein requirements, ...Read More

Getting Your Show Calf Off to the Right Start

Every year about this time I get a little anxious. I recall my experience as a junior, and how the old show heifers were out to pasture, curious why they didn’t get to come in the barn every day. At the same time every afternoon, the mail carrier would deliver a brand new pile of sale catalogs to sort through, all in an effort to find our next show heifer. Today, sale catalogs still fill our mailbox, but there is also the constant ding from our smartphone as e-blasts and online sale notifications roll in. As you prepare to purchase ...Read More

Which Vita Charge Product Should I Use?

With so many different options in the Vita Charge® product line, a commonly asked question is “What’s the difference between each product and which one should I be using?” When comparing the seven Vita Charge formulas, it should be noted that all products are designed to provide a powerful dose of vitamins, B vitamins and the Amaferm® advantage when livestock need protection or assistance in recovery from stress. All formats are compatible with antibiotics and offer no drug interaction. Think of the Vita Charge products like cousins: they are all in the same family, but each product is slightly different. ...Read More

Introducing Sure Champ Spark

Over the past few months we’ve been working on a product that we feel can take your livestock projects to the next level. Sure Champ pellets have been around for 20-plus years. In that time, we have proven that Sure Champ is not just another show supplement. Our company, BioZyme, prides itself on creating research-proven products that have an impact both in and out of the show ring. It is now time to introduce our newest Sure Champ product – Spark. Sure Champ Spark is a pelleted, concentrated daily supplement with the Amaferm® advantage that can be top-dressed or mixed in ...Read More

Reducing Heat Stress in Show Cattle

Temperatures are beginning to rise and that means cattle can start to feel the effects of heat stress. It actually really doesn’t have to be that hot out before heat stress can occur. At temperatures as low as 70 degrees heat stress can set in. VitaFerm® HEAT is a mineral product that BioZyme® launched in 2014 and is an ideal product to use in heat stress situations. VitaFerm HEAT contains Amaferm® and Capsaicin, a pepper extract, both research-proven to lower body temperature. In the show world, we love the phrase “lower body temperature” because that means less heat stress, and ...Read More

Keep Your Cattle on the Go at a Show

By Josh Brockman, Brockman Farms Livestock projects are many things: fun, exciting, addicting and an enjoyable a family event. Like most any other opportunity in life they are also hard work, expensive, time consuming and competitive. Showing cattle is unique to other species because of the time they spend on feed. Whether it is heifers or steers, an exhibitor typically has this project on feed for a minimum of 10 months before reaching their end point show, and longer if it is a breeding heifer. There is nothing more frustrating than fighting battles at home for nearly a year, doing all ...Read More

The Power of Protein in Cattle Diets

Protein is essential within the diet of a ruminant to supply the ammonia needed for microbial growth and to provide the amino acids needed for absorption from the small intestine. A deficiency in protein can limit microbial activity, microbial protein synthesis and rate of digestion. All these can in turn impact feed and energy intake. Furthermore, if an animal receives insufficient amounts of protein, production of meat, milk, and wool can be dramatically reduced. Here are a few helpful tips to proper protein supplementation: 1. IDENTIFY REQUIREMENTS.In order to develop a cost effective supplementation program, you must first know the ...Read More

4 Tips on Improving Water Quality for Show Animals

As things are heating up across the country both in terms of temperature and competition in the show ring, water is something that we all need to be paying attention to. To have truly productive animals we need to ensure that they have good quality drinking water. In our Make Your Own Luck Clinics we always ask what is the most important nutrient? It makes us excited to see that most exhibitors know it is water! We’ve been taught that it is important to have an abundance of water available. Daily intake on a cow can vary from 3 to ...Read More

5 Ways to Maintain Appetite

A good appetite is a sign of a healthy animal, but can sometimes be hard to maintain, especially in the summer months. Here are 5 quick tips for promoting a steady appetite in your livestock. Clean Water: Water is one of the most important nutrients for your livestock and often one of the most overlooked. Your livestock need access to clean drinking water in order to maintain optimum health. Monitoring your animal’s water quality is an inexpensive and effective way to promote healthy livestock. Fresh Feed: Whether you get your feed fresh from the mill or use a pre-mixed ration ...Read More
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