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.

Walking a Fine Line: How to Feed for Early Jackpots and Later Shows
There’s something about the spirit of competition that drives livestock exhibitors. Even in the dead of winter, cattle enthusiasts will bundle up, run bucket heaters to keep their aerosol cans working and pull to a jackpot show for consecutive weekends to get their fresh calves out to compete. All of this knowing that their final show – likely state fair next summer – is the one that matters most. And, when April and early May roll around, the same is true for swine exhibitors in the Midwest who hit their state jackpot circuit with new show prospects primed to compete, ...Read More

 

Cattle Health & Nutrition Go Hand-in-Hand when Getting Started on Feed
The excitement of buying your new show calf projects can be overwhelming. You’ve likely driven lots of miles to find just the “right ones” that will match your desired end-point, and now it’s time to bring them home and get them on feed. However, getting your show calves on a feeding program isn’t as simple as weighing out grain and throwing a few flakes of hay their way. With the help of Blaine Rodgers, Show Livestock Business Development & Field Support for BioZyme® Inc., we have complied seven steps for getting your show cattle started on feed. Make sure their ...Read More

 

How to Develop a Feed Mix with Ration Builder
Cattle producers have a plethora of choices when it comes to buying feeds for their show and sale cattle or even finding the right creep feed for growing their calves. Many like to utilize their home-raised or locally-sourced commodities and work with a hometown company to produce these feeds. That is why BioZyme® Inc., makers of Sure Champ®, developed Sure Champ Ration Builder to make sure those locally produced feeds would have all necessary nutrients to make that customized feeds highly fortified. Ration Builder is a 32-percent protein pelleted base mix, fully fortified with vitamins, minerals and the Amaferm® advantage. ...Read More

 

Cattle Nutrition 101
When should I feed my animal? Consistency is key when feeding both steers and heifers. Typically, you feed morning and night and want close to 12 hours between those feedings. Hot weather during the summer can decrease appetite, so it is beneficial to feed early in the morning and later in the evening. Make sure you clean out any old feed immediately. A calf should finish 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 ...Read More

 

How to Feed the Sure Champ® Product Line for Winning Results
We’ve made some great enhancements and additions to the Sure Champ® product line this spring. And with the recent changes and improvements to the Sure Champ® line of livestock supplements, we want our feeders and exhibitors to feed with confidence and get the most benefit from using these products. All Sure Champ products contain Amaferm®, a natural prebiotic that is designed to maximize the nutritional value of feed while stimulating the animal’s appetite and keeping the digestive health in check. Recently, Blaine Rodgers, Show Livestock Business Development and Field Support, answered some questions on how to get the most benefit ...Read More

 

New Product Helps to Build Your Own Complete Cattle Show Feed
Cattle exhibitors have trusted the Sure Champ® line of supplements for years to add vitamins, minerals and Amaferm® to their show ration. Now, cattle breeders and exhibitors have another way to incorporate Sure Champ into their feeding program by using Sure Champ® Ration Builder to help develop a complete feed for their show cattle. “We realize there are a lot of really good show feed options already on the market,” said Blaine Rodgers, BioZyme® Show Livestock Business Development & Field Support. “We developed Sure Champ Ration Builder for those trying to build their rations with local commodities working with their ...Read More

 

If I am Using the Vita Charge Stress Tub, Do I Still Need Sure Champ?
One of the questions we get asked the most from our cattle customers is if they still needed to be top dressing with Sure Champ Cattle if they were using the Vita Charge Stress Tub with MOS. Kevin Glaubius, BioZyme Director of Nutrition says the answer is YES! These two products have two different purposes. Sure Champ has a long-standing use as a protein, vitamin and mineral supplement with the Amaferm advantage and is the basis for many successful feeding programs across the country. Sure Champ gives more bloom, helps cattle utilize their feed more efficiently and stimulates appetite. When it comes to the stress ...Read More

 

Considerations for Creep Feed
To creep, or not to creep? That is the million dollar question for many producers. When determining whether or not to creep feed, a producer must assess financial variables with production goals to determine what creep protocol (if any) is the best fit for their production scenario. Prior to weaning, a calf’s diet consists of milk that is energy rich and packed full of protein, vitamins and minerals. However, the milk from a lactating beef cow only furnishes about 50 percent of the nutrients that a 3-4 month-old calf needs to realize its genetic potential for growth. There is no ...Read More

 

Tips For Getting Your Show Heifer Bred
You’ve begged and pleaded with your parents. You’ve shown several market steers, and now you want a show heifer. She will be an investment, and you will have a foundation for your very own cow herd. But do you know the steps to transition her from pampered Pollyanna to a progressive, progeny producing female? Kevin Glaubius, Director of Nutrition and Technical Sales for BioZyme® Inc., says to start early in the heat detection and breeding process to make sure you know the signs of heat and that your heifer is bred at an ideal weight and body condition. “Start to ...Read More

 

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

 

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How to Get Show Pigs Started on Feed
Getting a new set of show pigs into your barn and on feed is a lot like running a daycare. Those young pigs are coming from various homes or points of origin with various germs and sniffles. They are also 100-percent dependent on their human caretakers to make sure they have everything they need to get started on the right foot – a warm, dry environment, fresh clean water and plenty of feed. “Showing livestock is very competitive. It is like a sport anymore. If you are going to do it right, you’ve got to get them started right,” said ...Read More

 

Show Pig Nutrition 101
Ben Bobell, Bobell Farms, Lincoln, Ill. What are the most important nutrients in a show pig ration? Protein and Lysine are the building blocks for muscle development and skeletal growth. Fat is necessary for calories and overall growth and fleshing, and vitamins and minerals are needed for basic development of the pig.   How does an exhibitor know what show feed or ration to use? There are a lot of good show feed companies out there with nutritionists that build very good diets. The key is to find a source where you can purchase show feed. It is also important ...Read More

 

Receiving Show Pigs: Getting Off to the Right Start
Getting your show pig off to a good start is one of the most important aspects for feeders to consider. The “receiving” phase is one of the most stressful times in a show pig’s life, so steps need to be taken to ensure the transition from the breeder’s farm to your barn is as easy as possible for your pig(s). Laying the proper foundation from a nutritional standpoint is a key step when receiving baby pigs. FEEDING & NUTRITION: Studies have shown it is advantageous to incorporate Amaferm® into a show pig’s diet at this stage. Amaferm is a natural ...Read More

 

How to Feed the Sure Champ® Product Line for Winning Results
We’ve made some great enhancements and additions to the Sure Champ® product line this spring. And with the recent changes and improvements to the Sure Champ® line of livestock supplements, we want our feeders and exhibitors to feed with confidence and get the most benefit from using these products. All Sure Champ products contain Amaferm®, a natural prebiotic that is designed to maximize the nutritional value of feed while stimulating the animal’s appetite and keeping the digestive health in check. Recently, Blaine Rodgers, Show Livestock Business Development and Field Support, answered some questions on how to get the most benefit ...Read More

 

From Weaning to the Winner’s Circle
Three families had a night they won’t soon forget when the grand and reserve grand champion market barrows were selected at the 2018 National Western Stock Show. Two young people, 11-year-old Payton Rodgers and 9-year-old Weston Lackey, both agree they were so excited and even in shock when they were awarded the gigantic purple banners. One nutrition program helped those crossbred barrows excel and perform, keeping them healthy from weaning all the way to the winner’s circle in Denver. Heimer Hampshires, Taylor, Mo., raised both the grand and reserve grand champion barrows at this year’s National Western, along with several ...Read More

 

How to Get Pigs Started on Feed
Getting your show pig off to a good start is one of the most important aspects for feeders to consider. We call this phase of the project the “receiving” phase. This is one of the most stressful times in a show pig’s life and steps need to be taken to ensure that this transition from the breeder’s farm to your barn is as easy as possible for your pig(s). Laying the proper foundation from a nutritional standpoint is a key step when receiving baby pigs. FEEDING & NUTRITION: Studies have shown it is advantageous to incorporate Amaferm® into a show ...Read More

 

Using Vita Charge Liquid Boost During Times of Transition
The life of a show pig isn’t always an easy one. Although producers and exhibitors go to great lengths to care for their animals, pigs go through a lot of transitions in their short life, and with each change, stress occurs. Consider the fact that the average litter size is 10-12 pigs, the little piglet starts life in a competition for the only feed source, its mother’s milk. Then, it will be weaned and moved to a nursery, moved to a chip barn, sold and moved to a new home, and endure the stress of being exhibited multiple times in ...Read More

 

Making the Transition: Preparing Your Gilt to Be a Productive Sow
Any exhibitor of any species is going to maximize the animal’s true genetics to make it look its very best in the show ring. This includes feeding and exercising, conditioning the skin and hair and making sure that the animal looks spot-on each time it walks into the show ring. But, have you given thought about how that young gilt will function as a producing part of your sow herd after her days in the show ring have ended? Will she come into heat readily? Does she need to be vaccinated or quarantined? Nick Mauck, Mauck Show Hogs in Gaston, ...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

 

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

 

Receiving Show Pigs: Getting off to the Right Start
by Josh Brockman,Brockman Farms Getting your show pig off to a good start is one of the most important aspects for feeders to consider. We call this phase of the project the “receiving” phase. This is one of the most stressful times in a show pig’s life and steps need to be taken to ensure that this transition from the breeder’s farm to your barn is as easy as possible for your pig(s). Laying the proper foundation from a nutritional standpoint is a key step when receiving baby pigs. FEEDING & NUTRITION: Studies have shown it is advantageous to incorporate ...Read More

 

How Much Should I Feed My Pig?
by Josh Brockman, Brockman Farms How much should I feed my pig? One of the most frequent questions I’m asked from new feeders, and even a lot of experienced feeders is, “How much should my pig be eating?” And for good reason. The two most important parts of your pigs’ nutrition is the proper type and amount of feed and a fresh, clean water source. Knowing how to use supplements for added fat, muscle, body, joint protection, etc. are all very valuable tools, however making sure your pig has a healthy digestive system and is consuming their basic feed ration ...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

 

Three Steps from Gestation to Weaning
Time spent in the farrowing house and nursery can be stressful, time consuming and keep you up at night - literally. There are so many variables on the line that are dependent on the make or break of each litter. Ultimately, success in the farrowing house usually comes down to the sow. The driving factor behind weaning healthy, big litters depends on her ability to do her job in the crate. Following the crate, the weaning process is the most stressful time in a pig's life. Efficiency and health of weaned pigs can certainly push the break-even line in either ...Read More

 

Preparing Livestock for the Show: Weight Management
By Josh Brockman, Brockman Farms What's the right thing to do? That's a question I ask myself for every situation when it comes to livestock, but it’s especially true when it comes to feeding and preparing for a show from a weight standpoint. The first and most important factor to consider is to “Get a Plan” and “Get a Plan Early”. No matter what specie it is, waiting until the end to weigh, and then trying to pull back and hold or to play catch up on weight gain makes the struggle more difficult. The following is a protocol I try to ...Read More

 

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How to Effectively get your Show Lambs on Feed and Keep them Healthy
The show lamb project is attractive to exhibitors and parents for many reasons. Lambs are generally easy to handle, take up a minimum amount of space, and have personalities all their own that are fun to be around. Once you get your new lamb project home, you’ll want to make sure it eats and stays healthy, so you can have a successful project. Jake Warntjes, BioZyme® Inc. Area Sales Manager and life-long sheep breeder, took some time to answer a few questions about getting lambs on feed and keeping them healthy. What is the first thing I should do when ...Read More

 

Sheep Nutrition 101
Q&A with Nick Warntjes, Associated Feed and Supply What makes up a ‘balanced’ feed ration? A balanced feed ration supplies the proper amounts and proportions of nutrients needed for a specific purpose or stage of an animal’s life. While a show lamb diet might have different specs than a lactating ewe ration, all diets should be balanced to achieve the desired goal. We generally use a balanced “base” feed ration and adjust using supplements and additional forages depending on what our goal is or what we need to try to correct with the lamb. On average, how much should a ...Read More

 

How to Feed the Sure Champ® Product Line for Winning Results
We’ve made some great enhancements and additions to the Sure Champ® product line this spring. And with the recent changes and improvements to the Sure Champ® line of livestock supplements, we want our feeders and exhibitors to feed with confidence and get the most benefit from using these products. All Sure Champ products contain Amaferm®, a natural prebiotic that is designed to maximize the nutritional value of feed while stimulating the animal’s appetite and keeping the digestive health in check. Recently, Blaine Rodgers, Show Livestock Business Development and Field Support, answered some questions on how to get the most benefit ...Read More

 

Get their Gut Right: Keeping Lambs Healthy Prior to Show Season
As a new show season approaches it’s time to think about keeping those lambs in maximum shape. Their health is your top priority, and to keep them healthy and eating, you need to focus on keeping their gut in shape. Two seasoned lamb exhibitors agree that keeping lambs eating and healthy starts with clean, fresh water. Payton Dahmer, a student at Kansas State University from Nevada, Mo., and Maggie Madden, a student at Texas A & M from Paso Robles, Calif., both change their lambs’ water 2-3 times a day to keep it fresh, clean and cold. “The more we ...Read More

 

It All Starts With Good Help and a Great Mineral
In an era when fads come and go and trends change with the seasons, Greg Beatty believes in keeping the basics of livestock nutrition at the core of his feeding program. Beatty Club Lambs, located in Indiana, Pennsylvania, flushes about 30 ewes in the late summer and fall, prioritizing a flush program to generate consistency and amplify the flock’s quality most efficiently. Given the investment he makes in flushing, keeping his flock healthy with the balanced nutrients they need is a top priority and the key reason he is a proponent of free-choice mineral. “I’ve got about 250 ewes running ...Read More

 

4 Tips for Getting Sheep Ready for Jackpot Shows
Jake Warntjes, BioZyme® Area Sales Manager, and his brother, Nick Warntjes, have shown and raised their fair share of club lambs. Today they have the opportunity to help other junior livestock enthusiasts with their lamb projects. By following these simple tips you’ll be on track to #preptowin. Hydration is key. When preparing to leave for a show, we generally start lambs on a drench program 2-3 days prior to leaving to keep the lambs hydrated. This not only helps with their visual appearance, but also with stress. Hauling to a show can be extremely stressful so we also use Vita ...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

 

Livestock Nutrition 101: Sheep
Q&A with Nick Warntjes, Associated Feed and Supply 1. What makes up a ‘balanced’ feed ration? A balanced feed ration supplies the proper amounts and proportions of nutrients needed for a specific purpose or stage of an animal’s life. While a show lamb diet might have different specs than a lactating ewe ration, all diets should be balanced to achieve the desired goal. We generally use a balanced “base” feed ration and make adjustments using supplements and additional forage depending on what our goal is or what we need to try to correct with the lamb. 2. On average, how ...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

 

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

 

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

 

Ask a Nutritionist: Can I Use Sure Champ on Baby Lambs?
Q: We have a one week old lamb that is having some troubles getting going. Can we use Sure Champ® on him?  A: Sure Champ Sheep can be started at any time, but I’m afraid a young lamb will not eat enough to get the benefit of the Amaferm® found in Sure Champ. Instead, I would recommend using the Vita Charge® Paste. Vita Charge contains no added copper so it can be used in sheep, as well as pigs, goats and cattle. You can give your lamb the recommended 5 ml dose at any time. I would try twice a day ...Read More

 

With So Many Options…How do You Boost?
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 same way all Vita Charge products do! ...Read More

 

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

 

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Tips to Get Show Goats Started on Feed
Trends have changed over time in the competitive livestock arena. Frame size, muscling requirements, feeding and fitting techniques have evolved over the years, and perhaps one of the hottest trends to hit the show ring in the past few decades is the Boer goat. Showing market goats is relatively new, as in your grandpa probably didn’t do this “back in his day.” As with any livestock project, getting a new project animal adapted to a new environment, getting them and keeping them on feed and water and keeping them healthy are all first steps to a successful show project. Justin ...Read More

 

Goat Nutrition 101
What ingredients make a “balanced feed ration” for my show goats? There are lots of ingredients that can make up a balanced feed ration. Perhaps what is more important than the types of ingredients, is the nutrient composition of the “balanced” feed ration. The nutrient composition consists of certain amounts of protein, energy, vitamins and minerals. These proportions will vary greatly based on an animal’s genetics, health status, age, performance expectations, etc. There are so many show feeds on the market, how do I know which one to use? There is no shortage of high quality show feeds on the ...Read More

 

How to Feed the Sure Champ® Product Line for Winning Results
We’ve made some great enhancements and additions to the Sure Champ® product line this spring. And with the recent changes and improvements to the Sure Champ® line of livestock supplements, we want our feeders and exhibitors to feed with confidence and get the most benefit from using these products. All Sure Champ products contain Amaferm®, a natural prebiotic that is designed to maximize the nutritional value of feed while stimulating the animal’s appetite and keeping the digestive health in check. Recently, Blaine Rodgers, Show Livestock Business Development and Field Support, answered some questions on how to get the most benefit ...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

 

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

 

Managing Show Goats Growth is Better Than Holding
You’ve dedicated a lot of time and effort with your show goat project – feeding, grooming and exercising it. You are 30 days from the show – and when your goat steps on the scale, you realize he’s a little further ahead of your goal. A month until the show is a long time, so it is critical to start reining him in. Holding goats’ weight is possible, but it is preferable to manage your wether’s weight over the duration of the project. . Kelsey Pfeiffer, Orlando, Okla., is a leading industry expert at raising and showing meat goats. He ...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

 

Decreasing Disease :: Fungus Prevention for Sheep and Goats
If you’re showing sheep or goats, you’ve got to protect them from disease and fungus. Maryland native, Cooper Bounds, says that when an exhibitor goes to a show they are picking up disease and fungus from each of the animals that were in the pen before them. These, invisible, lingering germs will make your show project very sick if you don’t take precautions. Even when the judge handles your animal, Bounds says to think about how he or she is touching every other lamb or goat before handling yours. “Each time you go to the county fair, a jackpot or a ...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

 

With So Many Options…How do You Boost?
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 same way all Vita Charge products do! ...Read More

 

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

 

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 you 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

 

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VitaFerm: a line of beef cattle nutrition supplements purposefully crafted to maximize energy and forage utilization at every stage. The products are formulated to ensure your herd is receiving optimal digestive health and nutrition at every stage of production resulting in performance that pays.

Sure Champ: a of livestock show supplements that proactively work to assist with the challenges created by the show environment. Sure Champ uses only the highest quality components and proprietary ingredients proven to generate high-yielding results.

Vita Charge: a multi-specie livestock supplement that provides a powerful dose of vitamins, B vitamins and the Amaferm® advantage for those stressful times when livestock need protection or assistance in recovery. Vita Charge is available in many forms making application easy depending on what is best for your animal.

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. Vita Charge Liquid Boost® has a berry flavor that masks the taste of water. Start mixing Liquid Boost in your show animal’s water 5-7 days before leaving for the show through your return home from the show to keep them drinking and hydrated. Click here to watch a video about using Amaferm® to get cattle drinking at the show.

Show ring 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 show ring 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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