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.

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

Opportunity Knocks During the Grazing Season

By Dennis Delaney, Inside Sales Manager Spring and early summer generally offer conditions long on grass and short on stress. Cows are in peak milk production, calves are at the most efficient period of their lives, and forages are at their best. Successful producers seize this opportunity to capture maximum pounds of beef per acre, at a time when production costs are at the lowest. If nutritional needs are being met during breeding season, there is the potential to increase first-service conception and milk production. Calves born during the first 21 day cycle of the calving season can outweigh their ...Read More

Do I Need to Feed Salt to My Cattle?

Our VitaFerm mineral labels often say in the feeding instructions to offer additional salt. Beef cattle do have a requirement for salt and in most of the formulations we strive to meet the basic need. However, not all of the products contain salt and with those products producers should always feed additional salt. Examples include our protein tubs and Concept Aid 0/S. When feeding our core products that contain salt it is slightly more difficult to ask the question “Do I need to feed salt?” In some areas, the products are consumed at recommended levels without supplementing additional salt. In other areas, ...Read More

Grass Tetany Awareness and Prevention

Following a rough, cold winter, it seems that spring is finally arriving. Temperatures are on the rise, many parts of the country are finally beginning to receive rain, and pastures are beginning to green. For most of us this is a welcomed event that leads to less time in the calving barn, reduced time feeding and a few more hours of sleep. But as many cattlemen and our nutritionist, Kevin Glaubius, have pointed out, it is a very crucial time for producers to be aware of and prevent a condition known as grass tetany or wheat pasture poisoning. Grass tetany ...Read More

Improve the Way You Creep Feed

Now is the time to begin thinking about your creep feed rations. Creep feed allows producers to efficiently put weight on young calves, as small calves are very efficient at converting feed to gain. Also, as calves pass the 90-120 day mark they begin to need additional supplementation as the lactating beef cow is only providing 50% of the daily nutrition that the calf needs. Ideally, lush pastures would provide the additional nutrition however lack of pasture due to challenging weather or acreage constraints can limit this. At BioZyme® we offer three different products that can be incorporated with feedstuffs ...Read More

Managing Heat Stress

by Kevin Glaubius, VitaFerm® Director of Nutrition and Technical Sales Support Heat stress impacts the performance of cattle with millions of dollars of annual economic losses. Animal responses to heat stress include reduced dry matter intake, decreased average daily gain, decreased milk yield, decreased fertility and poor reproduction. As Figure 1 reflects, the degree of heat stress is commonly estimated by temperature-humidity indexes. Some have hypothesized that it is not just the extent of heat stress alone that affects animals, but also the duration of the heat stress. This is supported by anecdotal evidence from the field, where it is ...Read More

With So Many Options…How do You Boost?

By, Jason Lackey, Sure Champ Swine Specialist Liquid Boost is quite possibly the most versatile product we’ve ever produced, as it is easy to administer for any situation. With all the same great benefits as the original Vita Charge® line, its liquid make up makes it a perfect show product for all species and also great in pig nurseries or show barns that have medicators. How can you use Liquid Boost? See what others are doing. TOP-DRESS If animals are eating aggressively, you can top-dress Liquid Boost during feeding time. It is highly palatable and works to stimulate appetite the ...Read More
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