BioZyme Helps Beef Producers Get Best Price for Feed with FREE Online Regional Feed Barometer

A critical component in maximizing the profitability of any beef feeding program is being able to identify feeds that provide the required nutrients at a good price. BioZyme® Inc., experts in all-natural livestock nutrition, has created a FREE online tool for cattle producers that estimates feed values based on feedstuff nutrient content and current market prices.

BioZyme’s Feed Barometer utilizes a software program designed by Dr. Normand St-Pierre and his colleagues at Ohio State University to evaluate multiple feed ingredients for a selected group of nutrients. For its Feed Barometer, BioZyme has selected Crude Protein (CP), Net Energy for Gain (NEg) and Effective Fiber (eNDF) as the most important nutrients driving the feed ingredient value for beef cattle. The software program uses multiple ingredients in its appraisal set to reflect current market conditions, therefore avoiding the risk of basing evaluations on just a few ingredients.

Feed Barometer

Example of Regional Feed Barometer

Producers can access the online tool by visiting BioZyme’s website (www.biozymeinc.com) and selecting its VitaFerm® brand product pages located at http://vitaferm.com/regional-feed-barometer/.

Producers can then select a region within the United States to view region-specific Feed Barometers for:

  • Forage/Fiber Sources (cotton seed hulls, alfalfa hay, alfalfa silage, corn silage, corn stover, grass hay, sorghum silage, soybean hulls and wheat silage)
  • Energy Feeds (bakery byproduct meal, brewers grains, corn, corn grain, wheat midds, hominy and molasses)
  • Protein Feeds (cotton seed, corn gluten, sweet bran, distillers grains, soybean meal, expeller soybean meal, canola meal and corn gluten feed wet)

The system shows the reported price and nutritional value for each nutrient in that region, then calculates through a sliding graph whether the feed is considered “over-priced,” “neutral” or a “good buy”. The prices represent wholesale commodity prices, and generally do not include freight or added value from a feed manufacturer.

“The Feed Barometer is a reliable, robust assessment of the current value of feed ingredients. And while it is a valuable tool, it should not be the only resource producers use when formulating a balanced diet for their beef cattle,” said BioZyme Vice President Lisa Norton. “BioZyme maintains a staff of nutritionists who work with producers to determine the nutritional content of their forages and help them develop cost-effective feeding programs.”

Additionally, BioZyme provides a Feed Market Synopsis each month on its Feed Barometer page, as well as online links to the following valuable resources: federal cattle markets, feeder cattle markets, cattle futures, regional feed market info. and weather reports.

 

BioZyme Distributing Country Vet® Naturals Dog Food Line Containing Amaferm® for Digestive Health

Country-Vet-Natural-Dog-Food_withAmaferm-webBioZyme Inc. has become a distributor for Country Vet® Naturals dog food line available in four formulations for: Healthy Adult Dogs, Growing Puppies, High Performance Dogs and Senior Dogs.  Research tested to improve overall canine health, appearance and appetite, Country Vet Naturals contains added vitamins and minerals and no fillers such as corn, wheat or soy.

Each formulation also contains BioZyme’s proprietary Amaferm® — a natural feed additive that acts as a prebiotic to increase digestibility and maximize energy. Amaferm has been research proven to have significant health benefits to dogs. In a Professional Kennel Research Trial of 157 dogs fed Amaferm, scientists reported a 26% improvement in general health, 74% improvement in skin and hair quality, 14% improvement in stool consistency and 67% improved appetite.

Additional natural ingredients contained in each formulation include chicken meal, brown rice, brewer’s rice, pork meal, fish meal, dried beet pulp, dried egg product, fish oil, yucca schidigera extract, dried chicory root, and others.

“We knew from our extensive experience and research within the realm of livestock nutrition that Amaferm would be a great benefit to the canine digestive system and appetite as well,” said Lisa Norton, BioZyme vice-president. “Stress, sickness, heat and activity can all wreak havoc on a dog’s digestive system. The Country Vet Naturals line of dog food helps to keep their digestive systems in balance, while providing the right combination of vitamins, minerals and other natural ingredients to help a dog feel and look their best during every stage of life.”

Country Vet Naturals for Growing Puppies

Formulated to support the development of healthy muscles and joints, Country Vet Naturals for Growing Puppies contains:

  • Added vitamins and minerals
  • Amaferm for digestive health
  • 28% protein
  • 18% fat
  • DHA, a natural supplement that studies show improves brain function and development

Country Vet Naturals for High Performance Dogs

Formulated for high performance, hard working dogs, Country Vet Naturals for High Performance Dogs contains:

  • Glucosamine and chondroitin to support joint health
  • Omega 6 and 3 for improved skin and hair
  • Amaferm for digestive health
  • 30% protein
  • 20% fat

Country Vet Naturals for Senior Dogs

Aging dogs require special diets that promote healthy digestion and a strong immune system and contain less calories for their lower metabolisms. Country Vet Naturals for Senior Dogs, specially formulated for dogs eight or more years old, contains:

  • Glucosamine and chondroitin to support joint health
  • Amaferm for digestive health
  • Omega 6 and 3 for healthy skin and hair
  • 24% protein and 10% fat

Country Vet Naturals for Healthy Adult Dogs

Formulated to maintain a healthy weight in adult dogs, Country Vet Naturals for Healthy Adult Dogs contains:

  • Omega 6 and 3 for improved skin and hair
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin for healthy joints
  • Amaferm for digestive health
  • 24% protein and 14% fat

Each formulation comes in a 35 lb. bag and is available for purchase online through BioZyme’s website

http://www.biozymeproducts.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=45.

BioZyme Develops Silage Additive AmaSile™ to Minimize Nutrient Loss, Speed Up Fermentation

Amasile imageSilage is a staple in many livestock rations. However, if not fermented properly, silage can lose valuable energy, protein and fiber components that are often destroyed during the ensiling process.

BioZyme® Inc. has developed a natural silage additive called AmaSile™ which is scientifically formulated to reduce the time required by silage to properly ferment, minimize nutrient loss and reduce spoilage by undesirable bacteria.

“AmaSile works to stimulate the growth and development of beneficial microorganisms that speed up and stabilize the fermentation process,” said Dorothy Orts, Area Sales Manager for BioZyme. “The results are a stable, highly palatable and more digestible silage that promotes feed and energy intake and improves animal performance. Producers who use it appreciate how cool the silage stays right after chopping and how fresh it remains until the pile is gone.”

AmaSile works to:

  • Preserve more nutrients and dry matter
  • Support lactic acid bacteria
  • Improve anaerobic ability
  • Lower pH
  • Improve shelf life
  • Reduce heating/spoilage

In ideal conditions, lactic acid bacteria grow rapidly by utilizing the sugar in fresh forage. These bacteria are very efficient and quickly use the sugar to produce lactic acid. The production of lactic acid lowers pH levels of silage and protects it from unwanted microbial growth, such as molds and Listeria monocytogenes during fermentation. AmaSile contains metabolites produced from a proprietary fermentation product, and, unlike silage inoculants, does not contain live microorganisms and therefore remains stable throughout storage and application.

According to a research trial conducted by Dr. Chlou Keh-Ming of National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan, cows fed corn silage treated with AmaSile during the summer exhibited greater dry matter intake, an average milk increase of 3 lbs., and increased weight gain than the control group fed untreated silage. The winter trial showed lower dry matter intake with 3.5 lbs more milk and increased weight gain. Corn silage treated with AmaSile also exhibited a lower pH, a higher percentage of lactic acid, a lower percentage of acetic and butyric acids, decreased NDF (Neutral Detergent Fiber) and ADF (Acid Detergent Fiber), and a higher percentage of crude protein and protein fraction A, according to the trial results.

“These findings are significant,” said Kevin Glaubius, BioZyme Director of Nutrition and Technical Sales. “When forage tests high in ADF, its digestibility decreases, thus reducing the animal’s nutrient and energy intake.  Equally important are the NDF values, which reflect the amount of forage the animal can consume. When NDF percentages elevate, dry matter intake generally decreases. AmaSile has been proven to reduce ADF and NDF values in silage, which are proven to improve feed intake and animal performance.”

AmaSile can be used on any forage, in any storage area including piles, bags and pits. The recommended application is 1 ounce per ton of treated silage. AmaSile is available in a 2.5 gallon size, which can treat up to 320 tons.

Cory Burkle of Burkle Ranch in Fredonia, ND used AmaSile on his 2014 silage, but didn’t realize how much of a difference the product made until he compared it to his 2015 pile, which he did not treat with AmaSile.

“There’s absolutely no comparison between the older pile and the new, untreated pile,” said Burkle. “There is only about a six-inch crust on the 2014 pile and at least 12 inches of waste on the untreated 2015 pile. The quality of the two silage piles is way different too. The AmaSile pile smells much sweeter, not burned at all like the 2015 pile. Not using AmaSile last year proved to me what a great investment the product is in feed quality and waste.”

For more information about AmaSile, visit www.vitaferm.com/products/amasile/.