BioZyme Builds Small-Package Manufacturing Line to Keep Up With Vita Charge® Product Demand

BioZyme Small Package Manufacturing Line

BioZyme’s Small-Package Manufacturing Line

Due to the rapid growth of BioZyme’s Vita Charge® product line, the natural feed supplement manufacturer recently built a small-package manufacturing line at its St. Joseph, MO headquarters to keep up with customer demand.

BioZyme’s new manufacturing line gives the company greater flexibility, capacity and the ability to fill customer orders more quickly. Additionally, BioZyme hired a new employee to run the line.

“The Vita Charge line of products has experienced tremendous growth over the last four years,” said BioZyme Vice-President of Sales and Marketing Lisa Norton. “This exciting growth has pushed our current supplier’s limits when it comes to capacity and fast turnaround for orders. More than once, we have been in a four-week back order for the Vita Charge products. This, coupled with desired growth in our amazing Vitalize® equine and dog recovery paste products, as well as the ability to create new products, led us to this innovative decision.”

The Vita Charge line of products combines essential vitamins, organic trace minerals and BioZyme’s proprietary Amaferm® natural feed additive to improve appetites and performance of stressed animals during weaning, showing, breeding, vaccination and transportation. The Vita Charge product line includes a liquid supplement, bolus, gel capsule, paste, dispersible powder, drench and molasses-based tub.

For more information about the Vita Charge product line, click here.

 

BioZyme Hires Cody Jensen as Quality Control, Production Efficiency Coordinator

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Cody Jensen, Quality Control and Production Efficiency Coordinator

BioZyme recently hired Cody Jensen of St. Joseph, MO as Quality Control and Production Efficiency Coordinator.

In his new position, Jensen is responsible for ensuring that quality parameters are met during product receiving, manufacturing and delivery. Additionally, he will work to maximize mill efficiency and throughout on a daily basis.

“Cody brings a great deal of experience in raising and showing animals to our production environment. We can better learn what is important to our customers in our finished product. Cody will be integrated into our production facility and provide direct quality control on all products made at the BioZyme plant,” said Chris Feiden, BioZyme Director of Supply Chain.

Jensen previously held a Plant Engineer internship position at Kent Nutrition Group in Altoona, Iowa, and an internship as Summer Manager at Nelson Poultry Farm, Inc. in Manhattan, Kansas.

He has an associate’s degree in Agriculture from Butler Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Feed Science from K-State. Jensen has served as Chairman of the National Junior Hereford Board and was a member of the Butler Community College Livestock Judging Team.

BioZyme Expert Offers Tips for Successful Lambing Season

Lamb feeding

It is a good idea to keep one of BioZyme’s Vita Charge® products on hand to help stimulate the lamb’s appetite and water intake.

A little preparation can go a long way in the prevention of problems during lambing season. In order for a ewe to do her job of delivering strong healthy lambs and have sufficient milk to raise those lambs, it is important to provide proper gestation management. Maintaining ewes on a quality vitamin and mineral supplement program prior to lambing through breeding will help ensure she has the proper nutrition to perform.

“During the last trimester, you may consider supplementing with grain to provide the additional energy needed for growing lambs. At lambing, the body score should be between 3 and 3.5. Care must be taken not to feed too much grain early in gestation, and it’s best to make any increases gradual,” said Ben Neale, BioZyme Area Sales Manager and livestock nutrition expert. “A leveling out or drop in late pregnancy grain intake can result in pregnancy toxemia and death of any lambs in utero. Conversely, too little grain will produce an undersized, weak lamb with a poor chance of survival.”

Neale, who has more than 15 years of experience in the livestock nutrition industry, also runs a small flock of Katahdin ewes in Tennessee with his wife Lauren. They have seen first-hand the difference nutrition plays in their own herd.

Neale recommends an increase in energy prior to lambing for the ewe to support udder development and help develop fat reserves, which will be needed during lactation. The amount of supplementary feed recommended depends on the size and body condition of the ewes and the quality of forage being fed. BioZyme offers complimentary, custom forage testing and nutritional analysis to producers through its nationwide dealer network. For more information about the program, visit http://www.vitaferm.com/testyourhay/.

Changes in diet will also have to be made post lambing, suggests Neale.

“Ewes should be able to maintain a healthy body condition of 2.5 on a diet of good quality hay or available grass. Feeding ewes a mineral supplement, such as VitaFerm® with the Amaferm® advantage, will enable them to more efficiently digest available feedstuffs and maximize the energy value of their feed,” said Neale.

Ensuring that your herd health protocols are up to par is also an important part of the equation. A veterinarian will likely suggest that one month out from the first ewe’s due date, all ewes should receive their annual clostridial booster (ewe lambs should have had their primary vaccinations prior to breeding). Also, consult with your veterinarian if an injection of Vitamin E and/or selenium is needed in your area.

Having lambing facilities in good working condition will also save a lot of headaches. The perfect post- lambing environment would be:

  1. Warm, clean and dry
  2. 40-60 degrees
  3. Individual pens that are 5′ x 5′ or 6′ x 4′
  4. Each pen should contain clean, dry bedding and a bucket of fresh, clean water

It is important for each ewe to have a lambing pen where the bonding between ewe and lamb and nursing can be monitored. The pen should also allow the lamb to easily be caught for any procedures (tail docking etc.). Depending on the system used, the ewe can be put into this pen when lambing is observed to be imminent or after the lamb has been dropped. Once the lamb is vigorous and all treatments completed, the lamb and ewe can be let out into a larger pen with other ewe/lamb sets. Soiled bedding should be removed and fresh bedding put down after each ewe. On average, expect each ewe to spend three days in this pen.

“Lambing is stressful on both the ewe and newborn lambs. As with humans, stress has a major effect on the digestive system, and the digestive system is central to good health. It is a good idea to keep one of BioZyme’s Vita Charge® products on hand to help stimulate the lamb’s appetite and water intake,” said Neale.