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.

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

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

Health Protocols for Newborn Calves

Calving season is here for many producers, and right around the corner for others. Now is the time to begin thinking about health protocols for newborn calves. This is a stressful period in a young calf’s life, and by ensuring they receive the proper nutrition, vitamins and minerals, you can make sure calves are off to a strong start. Healthy calves start with healthy cows. At this stage of the cow’s life, it is important that she is receiving a nutrient rich diet with the appropriate amount of protein. By working with your BioZyme® Area Sales Manager or one of ...Read More

New Product: Vita Charge Liquid Boost

BioZyme is ready to change the game again. You want more appetite, improved health, and the ability for your livestock to overcome stress? The Vita Charge line of products now includes Vita Charge Liquid Boost. Liquid Boost is a convenient liquid supplement ideal to use prior to or during stressful periods. Like our entire line of Vita Charge products, Liquid Boost contains Amaferm, a prebiotic that significantly increases nutrient digestion and health during periods of stress. In addition, Liquid Boost contains MOS, niacin, vitamins and flavors to support digestive health and the animal’s ability to fight off stress and drive ...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 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

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

How Fast Should I Increase Grain in my Animal’s Diet and How Do I Introduce Supplements?

There are lots of ideas about how, and when feed changes should be made in a ruminant show animal's diet. We have taken the question of, "How fast should I increase grain in my animal's diet and how do I introduce supplements?" to our nutritionist, Dr. Susan Day. Ruminant animals function naturally on a high forage diet. However, we expect our show animals to gain weight very quickly, and the addition of grain to the diet is the only way to successfully achieve the gains we desire. The rumen of cattle, sheep and goats that are on a high forage ...Read More

Donor Cow Nutrition

Although calving season has barely started for many cattlemen, thoughts of next year’s breeding decisions have already begun. In addition to natural service and A.I., you may be considering embryo transfer. Flushing those cows with superior phenotype and genetics can be an easy way to make rapid improvements in the quality of your cowherd. However, flushing and embryo transfer comes with an elevated cost, so it is important to maximize the reproductive efficiency of our donors. Kevin Glaubius, BioZyme Director of Nutrition and Technical Sales, and Dr. Susan Day, BioZyme Nutritionist, have put together nutritional guidelines for donor cows to ...Read More
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4 Ways to Successfully Commingle Pigs

By Jason Lackey, Sure Champ Swine Specialist As the summer continues to fly by, it is quickly approaching that time when the search will begin for your next champion. As the costs to feed and purchase a project continue to increase, the importance and peace of mind of having a healthy pig that grows fast and efficiently is certainly one of the most crucial things on people’s minds. Much like starting your child in daycare for the first time or the first few weeks back to school in the fall, commingling is one of the toughest challenges we battle when buying ...Read More

Keeping Your Sows Healthy with Amaferm

By Jason Lackey, Sure Champ Swine Specialist In any livestock production business, the ultimate goal is for our females to produce progeny that are high quality, efficient, and will help contribute to the bottom line. Although much time is spent evaluating the genetic merit of these females and what their impact will be from that standpoint, the key to their contribution will always be health. A good vaccination protocol and basic understanding of how your sows need to perform during all phases of their life can make a huge impact on the bottom line of any business. A healthy sow ...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

Lactation vs Gestation Feeds for Sows

  by Jason Lackey, Sure Champ Swine Specialist As we begin putting sows in crates, every producer is always hopeful for the same thing —  a big, healthy litter. During this time, many will inquire about the differences in nutrition and if it is necessary or important to switch sow feed from a gestation to lactation ration when those sows are moved in. YES. Gestation and lactation feed both provide the basic nutrition that your sow needs to maintain her working condition.  However, the lactation ration provides a few more advantages that help with allowing your litters to thrive and grow well.   Increased energy and fiber ...Read More

The Benefits of Using a Medicator with Liquid Boost

By Jason Lackey, Sure Champ Pig Specialist Without question, one of the most commonly asked questions I receive throughout the year is, “What medication(s) can I give to prevent my pigs from getting sick?" Obviously, there is protocol upon arrival that can aide in a healthier project throughout the feeding phase. However, since I’ve begun recommending my feeders place medicators in their barns, questions about sickness, appetite loss and growth problems have all together subsided substantially. For those who don’t know, medicators are a “reliable, easy way to medicate your livestock drinking water accurately and with minimal maintenance.” These small ...Read More

New Product: Vita Charge Liquid Boost

BioZyme is ready to change the game again. You want more appetite, improved health, and the ability for your livestock to overcome stress? The Vita Charge line of products now includes Vita Charge Liquid Boost. Liquid Boost is a convenient liquid supplement ideal to use prior to or during stressful periods. Like our entire line of Vita Charge products, Liquid Boost contains Amaferm, a prebiotic that significantly increases nutrient digestion and health during periods of stress. In addition, Liquid Boost contains MOS, niacin, vitamins and flavors to support digestive health and the animal’s ability to fight off stress and drive ...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

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

Caring for Show Pigs in Cold Weather

It's that time of the year again for cold temperatures. This can be one of the most difficult parts of this season to keep hogs healthy. We've included a few tips that will allow your project to not only survive, but to thrive during this time of year. Warmth: Obviously, our concern is being able to keep our hogs as warm as possible during these winter months. Everyone has different housing conditions for their projects, but the key to them thriving during the cold is to make sure their bedding is always dry and clean. All hogs must have access ...Read More

Ask Nutritionist: Why is pellet size important?

The purpose of pelleting is to improve feed handling and acceptance by our livestock. In some cases pelleting also improves digestibility, although if heat is too high it can reduce digestibility. Pellet sizes for feed and supplements come in nearly every possible dimension.  To start to have an understanding of which pellet size is right for your operation it is helpful to first know how pelleted feed is created: 1.) Feed ingredients are mixed together in a uniform manner. 2.) Ingredients are then conditioned with steam, in a controlled manner, to help coagulate them and to get them stick together under ...Read More

Using Vita Charge in the Farrowing House

Vita Charge is more than just a showring supplement. Its vitamins and minerals, along with stress levels of Amaferm, to support microbial growth, can help increase appetite and improve health in a variety of settings. When Vita Charge is used in the farrowing house we see it increasing sows' consumption in the crate, their appetite returns faster after farrowing and Vita Charge supports increased milk production and weaning weights. Vita Charge Protocol for the Farrowing House 1. Can be given as a top dress or orally 2. Administer 20 mL Vita Charge Paste as soon as you put your sow ...Read More

More Appetite: Vita Charge Pig Protocol

Vita Charge is a prebiotic product that contains Amaferm® along with essential vitamins, trace minerals, and macro minerals to support microbial health. It is an ideal product to be used anytime the animal’s digestive system is challenged or there is a desire to stimulate intake. This could be during feed or water changes, travel, farrowing or temperature changes. There are numerous ways to use Vita Charge however Sure Champ Swine Specialist, Jason Lackey, helped develop the Vita Charge Protocol for Pigs, guidelines on how to use Vita Charge depending on what stage of pigs you are working with. Receiving Period Administer 10 ...Read More

Feature Product: Vita Charge

It is always frustrating when you have worked so hard on your projects, you get to a show, and they go off feed. Thankfully, by using Sure Champ daily as a top dress we can keep that appetite more consistent in stressful situations like heat, feed and water changes and traveling to shows. However, sometime we need an extra insurance policy to make sure our animals keep their appetite, and that is where Vita Charge comes into play. Vita Charge, is best explained as concentrated Sure Champ, it contains all the Amaferm that Sure Champ does and is a great ...Read More
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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?

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

New Product: Vita Charge Liquid Boost

BioZyme is ready to change the game again. You want more appetite, improved health, and the ability for your livestock to overcome stress? The Vita Charge line of products now includes Vita Charge Liquid Boost. Liquid Boost is a convenient liquid supplement ideal to use prior to or during stressful periods. Like our entire line of Vita Charge products, Liquid Boost contains Amaferm, a prebiotic that significantly increases nutrient digestion and health during periods of stress. In addition, Liquid Boost contains MOS, niacin, vitamins and flavors to support digestive health and the animal’s ability to fight off stress and drive ...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 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

How Fast Should I Increase Grain in my Animal’s Diet and How Do I Introduce Supplements?

There are lots of ideas about how, and when feed changes should be made in a ruminant show animal's diet. We have taken the question of, "How fast should I increase grain in my animal's diet and how do I introduce supplements?" to our nutritionist, Dr. Susan Day. Ruminant animals function naturally on a high forage diet. However, we expect our show animals to gain weight very quickly, and the addition of grain to the diet is the only way to successfully achieve the gains we desire. The rumen of cattle, sheep and goats that are on a high forage ...Read More

Ask Nutritionist: Why is pellet size important?

The purpose of pelleting is to improve feed handling and acceptance by our livestock. In some cases pelleting also improves digestibility, although if heat is too high it can reduce digestibility. Pellet sizes for feed and supplements come in nearly every possible dimension.  To start to have an understanding of which pellet size is right for your operation it is helpful to first know how pelleted feed is created: 1.) Feed ingredients are mixed together in a uniform manner. 2.) Ingredients are then conditioned with steam, in a controlled manner, to help coagulate them and to get them stick together under ...Read More

Sure Champ Key to Lamb Success

Recently, Cathy Rains, TX, dropped us a line about her success with the BioZyme line of products. You can tell from her enthusiasm that this family is hooked. And with the results she is seeing there is certainly no question why. [caption id="attachment_1123" align="alignright" width="252" caption="The difference seen in 2.5 weeks."][/caption] "We are huge fans of Amaferm Digest More pellets and start feeding it to the new lambs as soon as they are brought in. The Texas heat is brutal in the summer and the Amaferm really helps lambs make the most of their feed during this crucial feeding period. ...Read More

Feature Product: Vita Charge

It is always frustrating when you have worked so hard on your projects, you get to a show, and they go off feed. Thankfully, by using Sure Champ daily as a top dress we can keep that appetite more consistent in stressful situations like heat, feed and water changes and traveling to shows. However, sometime we need an extra insurance policy to make sure our animals keep their appetite, and that is where Vita Charge comes into play. Vita Charge, is best explained as concentrated Sure Champ, it contains all the Amaferm that Sure Champ does and is a great ...Read More
View More Sheep Feeding Strategies

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

New Product: Vita Charge Liquid Boost

BioZyme is ready to change the game again. You want more appetite, improved health, and the ability for your livestock to overcome stress? The Vita Charge line of products now includes Vita Charge Liquid Boost. Liquid Boost is a convenient liquid supplement ideal to use prior to or during stressful periods. Like our entire line of Vita Charge products, Liquid Boost contains Amaferm, a prebiotic that significantly increases nutrient digestion and health during periods of stress. In addition, Liquid Boost contains MOS, niacin, vitamins and flavors to support digestive health and the animal’s ability to fight off stress and drive ...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 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

How Fast Should I Increase Grain in my Animal’s Diet and How Do I Introduce Supplements?

There are lots of ideas about how, and when feed changes should be made in a ruminant show animal's diet. We have taken the question of, "How fast should I increase grain in my animal's diet and how do I introduce supplements?" to our nutritionist, Dr. Susan Day. Ruminant animals function naturally on a high forage diet. However, we expect our show animals to gain weight very quickly, and the addition of grain to the diet is the only way to successfully achieve the gains we desire. The rumen of cattle, sheep and goats that are on a high forage ...Read More

Ask Nutritionist: Why is pellet size important?

The purpose of pelleting is to improve feed handling and acceptance by our livestock. In some cases pelleting also improves digestibility, although if heat is too high it can reduce digestibility. Pellet sizes for feed and supplements come in nearly every possible dimension.  To start to have an understanding of which pellet size is right for your operation it is helpful to first know how pelleted feed is created: 1.) Feed ingredients are mixed together in a uniform manner. 2.) Ingredients are then conditioned with steam, in a controlled manner, to help coagulate them and to get them stick together under ...Read More

Ask a Nutritionist: Sure Champ in Goat Creep Feed

This question comes from Rochelle Gates. Rochelle feeds a variety of ages of goats (anywhere form 6 months to 9 years old) together by using a creep feed mixture. They would like to be able to mix Sure Champ directly into their creep feed instead of top-dressing with it, and are curious to know how much Sure Champ should be added. Susan Day one of our on staff nutritionists was able to answer this question. I think you would be OK with 30% of your mixture being Sure Champ Goat. I assumed that kids on the low end would eat ...Read More

Feature Product: Vita Charge

It is always frustrating when you have worked so hard on your projects, you get to a show, and they go off feed. Thankfully, by using Sure Champ daily as a top dress we can keep that appetite more consistent in stressful situations like heat, feed and water changes and traveling to shows. However, sometime we need an extra insurance policy to make sure our animals keep their appetite, and that is where Vita Charge comes into play. Vita Charge, is best explained as concentrated Sure Champ, it contains all the Amaferm that Sure Champ does and is a great ...Read More
View More Goat Feeding Strategies

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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