BioZyme Expands VitaFerm HEAT Line with Addition of HEAT Tub, Loose Mineral CTC 3G Option for Anaplasmosis

VitaFerm HEATBioZyme has expanded its rapidly growing VitaFerm HEAT brand to include a new 200 lb. HEAT Tub and loose mineral containing CTC 3G to aid in the prevention of anaplasmosis, an infectious blood disease spread by parasites that causes severe anemia and weight loss in cattle.

Previously only available in a loose mineral, VitaFerm HEAT is a natural vitamin and mineral supplement used to reduce heat stress during temperatures of 70 degrees and above, or any time cattle are grazing fescue. While fescue may serve as an abundant and hardy forage for cattle to graze, it can contain a fungal endophyte that is actually toxic to cattle and can interfere with the animal’s ability to cool itself, causing heat stress, weight loss and reproductive complications.

Scientifically formulated, VitaFerm HEAT provides the correct balance of required minerals and vitamins to compliment summer forages during lactation and to maintain overall herd health. With the addition of BioZyme’s proprietary Amaferm® advantage – a natural feed additive that acts as a prebiotic to increase digestibility and maximize the energy value of feed – VitaFerm HEAT has been research-proven to help cattle maintain performance during heat stress and improve forage digestion and microbial growth within the ruminant system, which is often severely compromised by fescue.

Additionally, VitaFerm HEAT contains XTRACT 7065, a unique blend of clove, cinnamon and chili peppers (Capsaicin) to help maintain circulation to support animal performance in both heat and fescue grazing situations. The combination of Amaferm and Capsaicin lowers body temperature, which can help improve conception rates and maintain pregnancy. Garlic added to the formulation acts as a natural insect repellent.

“VitaFerm HEAT is a must-have product for the summer months or any time an animal is experiencing heat stress. Not only is it a high-quality mineral package with organic copper and zinc to aid in the prevention of hoof and eye problems, but when combined with its natural extracts and garlic, it quickly becomes an essential tool to combat heat stress and insects in a natural, but effective manner,” said BioZyme Nutrition Coordinator Lindsey Grimes. “With the upcoming FDA’s Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), BioZyme’s nutrition experts believe that this product could also serve as an economic alternative to products containing insect growth regulators.”

Oklahoma cattle producer Duane Jeffrey said he has seen a huge difference in his cattle’s behavior and appearance since feeding them VitaFerm HEAT.

“We have a lot of fescue in our pasture, which is toxic, and of course in the summer time we have a lot of trouble with the increased heat and body temperature in the cows. Since I’ve been using VitaFerm HEAT, I can see a huge difference. The cows aren’t in the pond the whole time, and they’ll be out in the pasture grazing in the middle of the day where before they would be piled up in the pond or in the shade somewhere,” Jeffrey said. “I am really pleased with VitaFerm HEAT and what it’s done in my own herd and other herds I see around me.”

For more information about VitaFerm HEAT, visit www.vitaferm.com/products/vitaferm-heat/.

BioZyme Nutritionist Recommends Supplementing Creep Feed Rations to Provide Growing Calves with Needed Nutrients

Creep Feed for CalvesNow marks the time when cattle producers should begin thinking about creep feed supplementation for nursing calves. 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. Although creep feeding is extremely beneficial when high-quality pasture is inadequate or unavailable, research shows that supplemental creep, regardless of pasture quality, pays dividends come weaning time.

Cattle nutrition specialists recommend supplementing creep feed as a way to meet the energy and protein requirements of growing beef calves. According to a report on Creep Feeding Beef Calves by Dan E. Eversole, Extension Animal Scientist at Virginia Tech, “The energy and protein requirements of a growing calf increase well beyond the milking potential of most beef cows to meet the nutritional requirements of calves from birth to weaning. For example, 10 lbs. of milk are required by a 100 lb. calf to meet its daily energy and protein requirements for growth, whereas a 500 lb. calf needs 50 lbs. of milk. Since the average beef cow produces approximately 13 lbs. of milk daily throughout a 205-day suckling period, a 500 lb. calf is short-changed by 40 lbs. from getting enough milk from its dam at this lactational stage to meet its nutritional needs. The best way to fulfill the ‘hungry calf gap’ is to creep feed or creep graze.”

BioZyme brand VitaFerm® offers three products (Sure Champ®, Sure Power 37™ and Sure Start Pellet®) that can be incorporated with feedstuffs found at the local mill to create a complete ration, and an additional product (Amaferm® Digest More™) that can be incorporated into any pre-formulated/bagged creep feed.

“Our wide variety of proven products help keep cattle healthy and efficient,” said BioZyme Nutrition Coordinator Lindsey Grimes. “All VitaFerm products contain our proprietary Amaferm advantage, a natural feed additive that acts as a prebiotic to increase digestibility and maximize the energy value of feed for easy transition and efficient gain.”

Recommended VitaFerm Products for Creep Feed:

Sure Power 37™ – A high protein and macro mineral pellet that is a great fit for building today’s modern creep feeds. Contains moderate levels of essential micronutrients to ensure animal performance. Sure Power 37 can be used alone for commercial calf creeps or together with Sure Champ to build high-performance show and creep rations. For more information about Sure Power 37, visit vitaferm.com/products/sure-power-37.

Sure Champ® – Proven in the show ring, Sure Champ works equally as well in creep feed to help maintain the strong appetite and healthy digestive system needed to unlock the genetic potential of calves. Sure Champ contains high levels of essential micronutrients for that extra bloom that show and sale cattle require. For more information about Sure Champ, visit surechamp.com/products/sure-champ-cattle/.

Sure Start Pellet® – The ideal supplement for stressed calves during weaning. This pellet also works extremely well as a creep balancer, bringing high levels of vitamins and minerals when additional protein is not needed. Sure Start Pellet works well in distillers and corn gluten-based creep feeds. For more information about Sure Start, visit vitaferm.com/products/vitaferm-sure-start-pellet.

Digest More™ – A low inclusion way to supplement Amaferm in any diet. At the feeding rate of 0.5 ounces, Digest More provides 2 grams of Amaferm. Digest More is best suited when additional protein, vitamins and minerals are not required. For more information about Digest More, visit vitaferm.com/products/digest-more.

Producers can view creep feed rations using these products developed by BioZyme’s nutritionist team by visiting http://static.backofficeapps.com/biozyme/pdfs/literature/VF+CreepFeed.pdf.

BioZyme customer Kevin Eathington of Eathington Angus in Illinois has witnessed positive gains in his calves by supplementing his creep feed with Digest More.

“Not only did we see a 50-75 lb. improvement in gains on our calves by adding Digest More to our creep feed, but the overall health of our calves was much better compared to previous years,” said Eathington. “At weaning we continued to use the new creep feed formula. The noticeable difference in gain continued and we didn’t have any sick calves. We would definitely recommend any product containing Amaferm to other cattlemen.”

As a free service to beef producers, BioZyme’s nutritionists will also formulate custom creep feed recipes based on a producer’s available ingredients and specific production phase requirements. To access this free service, producers are encouraged to contact their BioZyme Area Sales Manager http://www.biozymeinc.com/our-staff or call 800-821-3070 to begin the process.

BioZyme Hires Chris Kyle as Area Sales Manager for Arkansas, Louisiana

Chris Kyle

Chris Kyle, BioZyme Area Sales Manager for Arkansas-Louisiana territory.

BioZyme Inc. recently hired Chris Kyle of Enola, Arkansas as a BioZyme Area Sales Manager for the supplement division.

In this position, Kyle is responsible for promoting sales of BioZyme products and supporting BioZyme’s dealer network in Arkansas and Louisiana. BioZyme’s supplement brands include VitaFerm®, Concept∙Aid®, Sure Champ®, VitaCharge® and Vitalize®.

“I am extremely excited about the addition of Chris Kyle to the Arkansas-Louisiana territory. Not only does Chris bring a vibrant and energetic work ethic to the table, but he also has a wealth of knowledge in the equine industry. I am extremely excited to see the impact that Chris will make in this territory,” said Alan Lee, BioZyme Director of Sales-North.

Kyle, his wife, Lacee and two children, Coree and Kit, are active in the rodeo community and love to hunt and fish. Kyle has a degree in Ag Business from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.