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.

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 ...Read More

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 ...Read More

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 ...Read More

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, ...Read More

Nutrition Program for Reproductive Success in Goats

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 ...Read More

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 ...Read More

Dealing with Bloat in Show Animals

[caption id="attachment_5389" align="alignright" width="335"] Bloated Steer[/caption] A parent's worst fear is having to tell their child that their 4-H project or prized show steer was found dead in the pen because of bloat. It's something we've all seen and had to deal with. Fortunately, if bloat is caught early enough it can be treated, but in times when no one is around to treat the animal, it can result in the dreaded consequence of death. Amaferm, found in Sure Champ and Vita Charge, has been proven to do many great things for an animal's digestive system and overall health, including the prevention ...Read More

Acidosis Explained

Acidosis is a very serious disorder that is talked about by nutritionists and livestock enthusiasts, but is Acidosis and more importantly how do you prevent it? Dr. Susan Day and Research Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University, Dr. Francis Fluharty, help explain more about this disorder.  What Is It? Acidosis is a nutritional disorder. It is most prevalent when high-grain diets are fed. The large amounts of starch and sugar in these diets stimulate the bacteria that make lactic acid and the bacteria that normally utilize the lactic acid  (Megasphaera elsdenii, Selenemonas ruminantium, and ...Read More

“Preparing for Junior Nationals” Live Chat with SteerPlanet.com

On June 9th, we were excited to partner with Steer Planet to answer questions on a live chat. Sure Champ's Crystal Blin, Alan Lee and Britney Creamer discussed nutrition, hair care, showmanship, and everything else you need know to prepare for junior nationals and summer shows.  The transcript of the discussion is found below. If you have any nutrition questions, please email champ@biozymeinc.com, and be sure to watch for more chats in the future. "Jason says: First I would like to welcome the Sure Champ team; Crystal Blin, Alan Lee and Britney Creamer.  They will be answering all your questions on preparing ...Read More

New Product: VitaFerm Mineral Lyk Tub

At BioZyme Inc. we are always looking for new ways to better serve our customers and their animals, and one of the ways we feel we can accomplish this is through new product development. With that being said, we are pleased to announce our VitaFerm Mineral Lyk. Starting June 2014 the VitaFerm Mineral Lyk will be available in a 200 lb. tub. Why do many producers prefer a cooked tub over loose mineral?   In today’s market convenience and peace of mind are big factors in the growth of feeding tubs. The fact of the matter is cattle will nearly always consume ...Read More

VitaFerm®: a full line of free choice minerals and fortified protein supplements specifically designed to increase health and performance in cattle, sheep, goats, and the companion animals dogs and equine.

Sure Champ®: a pelleted supplement that should be fed daily. Benefits include increased feed utilization, healthier digestive system and stimulated appetite, especially during stress situations like heat, travel to and from shows and sickness.

Vita Charge®: a treatment product, that contains two times the amount of Amaferm® that is in Sure Champ®. This product is ideal for quickly stimulating appetite to prevent animals from going off feed or to get them back onto their feeding regimen quickly.

No matter which individual product(s) you feed, the benefits will help your show string excel in the showring.

Other Common Nutritional Problems

Acidosis:
Acidosis occurs when there’s a rapid digestion of starch (grain). This is especially true when show animals are pushed hard for increased gains. They may border sub-clinical acidosis, which will knock them off feed, cause loose stools, and even make their feet sore. Amaferm® helps maintain a stable rumen pH to help prevent these negatives.

Antibotic Therapy:
Even with the best health programs, show animals can still get sick and may need antibiotics. When we administer antibiotics to kill off pathogens (bad bugs), they can have a negative effect on beneficial rumen microflora (good bugs). So if we kill, or even slow the growth of the good bugs, it can decrease digestion and the availability of nutrients the animal needs to get well. Proven to be effective in the presence of antibiotics

Amaferm® reduces the time it takes to re-populate the rumen with good bugs, which helps stimulate the appetite.

Bloat:
Bloat is often associated with acidosis. Amaferm® helps stimulate and maintain normal rumen function, helping to reduce the incidences of bloat.

Daily Gain:
Having an animal finished by the day of the show is something that starts months before. After all, it’s much easier to hold an animal at a proper weight than to force weight on rapidly as the show draws near. Amaferm® increases feed utilization to help boost daily gains. With Amaferm®, you can be sure that your animal will be ready on show day.

Different Water:
Most of the time when we go to a show, the available water has a different taste from what we have at home. It tastes different because it is different. Some people use tricks such as adding Jello® or soda to camouflage the taste. Amaferm® can’t help the way the water tastes, but by stimulating the digestive system and appetite, it will keep show animals eating. And if they keep eating they will drink, and you’ll get the fill you want before heading into the showring. Click here to watch a video about using Amaferm® to get cattle drinking at the show.

Showring Look:
Many show animals spend a lot of time in front of a fan to get that thick, shiny hair coat that draws the attention of the judge. If you have pigs you may work hard to improve skin quality. Truly beautiful hair coats and skin quality start on the inside with good nutrition. Amaferm® increases the availability of nutrients including protein, vitamins and minerals necessary for giving your animal that showring appeal.

Hauling:
Hauling animals to and from shows is hard on them. Standing in trailers for long periods of time can compromise appetites. Factor in exhaust fumes and heat, and it’s no wonder they won’t eat or drink at a show. Amaferm® keeps the digestive system functioning and helps prevent digestive up and downs — keeping you competitive in the ring.

Hoof Health:
Healthy feet are important for all show animals. If we want our champions to go back into the herd, we avoid things that could cause the feet problems. Likewise, we don’t want our show animals to go lame. Often, lameness is related to sub-clinical acidosis because when rumen pH drops it can precipitate hoof wall problems. Amaferm® can help prevent these feet issues by helping to maintain a stable pH.

Loose Stool:
It happens. You’re at the show and your animal is “loose.” Loose stools can be caused by excitement, but often the problem is associated with an intestinal tract that’s not working properly due to all the stress factors associated with showing — hauling, new water, different environment, etc. Amaferm® directly stimulates the normal microflora (good bugs) to start and keep the gut functioning properly, resulting in firmer stool. Amaferm® is also beneficial when dealing with a case of diarrhea.

Staying on Feed:
Getting a good fill on your show animal before it goes in to the ring is another important thing in catching the judge’s eye. During show season, several factors converge that can reduce the appetite — different water, strange surroundings, commingling and travel. Amaferm® gets the digestive system functioning quickly to stimulate appetite and water intake.

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