BioZyme Expanding International Market into China’s Swine Industry

A delegation of Chinese officials from China Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ), operating directly under The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), will visit and tour BioZyme® Inc.’s state-of-the art fermentation facility on Tuesday, Oct. 18. CIQ officials work closely with laboratories, local offices and other entities to secure the quality of products imported to China.

BioZyme, innovators in all-natural animal nutrition and microbiology, began exporting to China in 2005, with a significant commitment to developing the relationship through a marketing and sales representative on the ground in China, Dr. Ming He. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a PhD in Dairy Science, Dr. He advises large dairies in China on how to improve ration utilization. BioZyme is looking to expand its international market into China’s significant swine industry.

“China is home to half of the world’s swine population. We are already seeing momentum in our China dairy business. Plans are under way to begin feeding trials in China with our all-natural feed additive, Amaferm®, to develop a research-based approach targeted at improving sow digestion for more total pounds weaned per litter,” said Elishia Carrillo, International Marketing Director at BioZyme.

In addition to the CIQ officials, St. Joseph, MO Mayor Bill Falkner and representatives from the Missouri Department of Agriculture will be in attendance, as well as local and international representatives from BioZyme.

BioZyme President Robert R. Norton says he is honored to have such a distinguished group of attendees at the meeting to convey just how important Chinese business is to BioZyme.

“The Chinese market diversification represents an important milestone for BioZyme International’s future growth,” said Norton. “Our partnership with top-tier Chinese institutions provides the three factors we believe are critical to solidifying our market leadership: access to trusted distributor partners, access to technical sales and access to key customers. As demand for tools to help increase modern livestock production in China continues to grow, our partners will be instrumental in helping us ramp up growth. We look forward to capitalizing on the significant opportunities in front of us.”

BioZyme Makes Top 10 List of Animal Health Companies in Kansas City Animal Health Corridor

BioZyme Inc., leaders in all-natural animal nutrition and microbiology, was recently named one of the “Top Area Animal Health Companies in the Animal Health Corridor” by the Kansas City Business Journal. BioZyme ranked ninth out of 23 companies listed.

The companies were ranked based on their number of full-time equivalent employees. The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, which includes St. Joseph, MO; Manhattan, KS and Columbia, MO, is home to more than 300 animal health companies, representing the largest concentration in the world.

Information for the list was supplied by individual companies through questionnaires provided by the Kansas City Business Journal. BioZyme also ranked fourth on a sub-list ranking the companies based on year founded.

BioZyme, founded in 1951, has over 100 full-time employees, with 100% of its business tied to animal health and nutrition. BioZyme offers a complete line of high density, highly available vitamin, mineral, trace mineral and protein supplements for a variety of animals including cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, goats, horses and dogs. BioZyme brands include Amaferm®, Amasile™, VitaFerm®, Vita Charge®, Sure Champ®, Vitalize®, LiquiFerm™, Digest More™, DuraFerm™, Imunabiotics™ and Peets Feed.

Lisa Norton, Vice-President of BioZyme, attributed the company’s ranking to its recent sales growth and facility expansion, created by its dedicated, hard-working and qualified staff.

“Over the last three years, we have added 46 new employees and grown by 40%,” said Norton. “We also launched three new product lines and more than 15 new products, plus added a state-of-the art fermentation facility, expanded our blending plant, added 40,000 square feet of warehousing and expanded our Winding River Research Farm. We wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the support of our dedicated team of employees.”

BioZyme Promotes Lindsey Grimes to Area Sales Manager

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Lindsey Grimes, Area Sales Manager for Indiana and Ohio

BioZyme® Inc., manufacturers of natural supplements for a variety of livestock, has promoted Lindsey Grimes of St. Joseph, MO to Area Sales Manager.

In her new role, Grimes will be responsible for developing the sales territory in Indiana and Ohio, supporting BioZyme’s dealer network and helping producers maximize their operations through use of BioZyme’s products.

“Lindsey has a strong understanding of the beef industry from the commercial side to the purebred side, and with her nutritional background, she will be a great asset to customers and dealers in her territory,” said Michael Wadle, BioZyme Director of National Sales – North.

Hired by BioZyme in 2015, Grimes previously held the position of Nutrition Coordinator and was responsible for managing the online Feed Value Barometer, developing feed rations for customers, coordinating producer meetings and dealer trainings, and aiding the nutrition team.

Grimes, who grew up in the beef industry, has a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science from Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Ruminant from Kansas State University.

She is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Angus Association, Ohio Angus Association and American Society of Animal Sciences. In January 2016, Grimes was selected to participate in the International Production & Processing Expo’s (IPPE) Young Leaders “30 Under 30” program which recognizes professional leadership qualities and exposes participants to the world’s largest annual trade show for meat and poultry processing products and the manufacture of feed and pet food products.

Grimes can be reached at 816-596-8779 or lgrimes@biozymeinc.com. To locate a BioZyme Area Sales Manager in your area, visit www.biozymeinc.com/our-staff/.

BioZyme Launches “Feed the Future” Program to Benefit Hereford Youth Foundation of America

Supporting young people interested in production agriculture, and raising and showing cattle has always been important to livestock supplement manufacturer BioZyme® Inc. One way that BioZyme is showing that support is through its latest program called “Feed the Future” launching on Sept. 1.

BioZyme pledges tothumbnail_feedthefuture-logo2 donate $1 to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) for every bag/tub of an eligible BioZyme brand VitaFerm® supplement product purchased by an American Hereford Association member through the end of 2017.

Established in 1986, the HYFA is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated exclusively to scholarship and educational support of youth in the business of raising Hereford cattle. The organization’s goal is to recruit, support, educate, train and identify future leaders who will appreciate and extend the United State’s position as the bread and protein basket of the world.

“Through my years in the industry, I have gotten to know the Hereford Youth Foundation of America and witnessed first-hand all of the tremendous work they do to support the industry and Hereford youth,” said BioZyme President Bob Norton. “We are excited about the partnership we have forged with HYFA and this great cause.”

To qualify for the program, association members are asked to take a picture of their invoice every time they purchase an eligible VitaFerm product, then email the picture to hereford@biozymeinc.com or text it to 816-383-3109. BioZyme will donate $1 per bag/tub with the proof of purchase to the HYFA.

VitaFerm products are specifically designed to promote proper rumen fermentation and gut health, by containing BioZyme’s natural, proprietary prebiotic AMAFERM®, along with a balanced nutritional profile of minerals, proteinated trace minerals and vitamins.

For a list of eligible products or assistance selecting the right VitaFerm supplement to maximize the health of your herd, contact Erin Creason, Inside Sales Coordinator, at 816-238-7084 or visit www.vitaferm.com.

BioZyme Hires Guy Rusche as South Dakota Area Sales Manager

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Guy Rusche, South Dakota Area Sales Manager

BioZyme recently hired Guy Rusche of Garretson, SD as a BioZyme Area Sales Manager for its supplement division.

In this position, Rusche is responsible for promoting sales of BioZyme products and supporting BioZyme’s dealer network in South Dakota. BioZyme’s supplement brands include VitaFerm®, Sure Champ®, Gain Smart™, VitaCharge® and Vitalize®.

Prior to BioZyme, Rusche worked as a Beef Specialist for Summit Livestock Facilities in Remington, IN. He has more than 20 years of experience in the livestock industry and a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from South Dakota State University.

“Guy is a native of South Dakota who is very knowledgeable of the cattle industry and has the desire to provide excellent service to BioZyme’s customers. He will be a great asset to the cattlemen in South Dakota,” said Mike Wadle, BioZyme Director of National Sales – North.

Rusche also owns a herd of registered Corriente cattle and is a member of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, AQHA and the North American Corriente Association. Rusche grew up on a 3,000-acre diversified beef and grain operation, which included a commercial cow/calf and backgrounding/feedlot operation.

For a list of BioZyme Area Sales Managers, visit http://biozymeinc.com/our-staff/.

BioZyme Introduces New Concept∙Aid® Power Block for Cattle

Concept Aid Power Block - web sizeBioZyme Inc. brand VitaFerm® is now offering its highly bioavailable Concept∙Aid® breeding mineral in a convenient Power Block delivery system.

“The Concept∙Aid Power Block is a convenient delivery system designed to optimize forage digestion while enhancing reproductive performance,” said Twig Marston, BioZyme Technical Sales Field Manager. “Concept∙Aid Power Blocks are formulated to deliver the same high-quality minerals, trace minerals and vitamins that are found in Concept∙Aid loose mineral with the added bonus of protein fortification and the dependability of a pressed block.”

The new Concept∙Aid Power Block combines 20% natural protein with highly available organic copper, zinc, manganese and high levels of Vitamin E for free choice supplementation.

The block is specifically formulated to target cycling, embryo production and conception when fed to cattle 30 days prior to calving through breeding. The addition of BioZyme’s proprietary Amaferm® advantage — a natural feed additive that acts as a prebiotic to increase digestibility to maximize the energy value of feed — has also been research-proven to increase energy available to the animal, resulting in more milk production as well as an increased ability to initiate and maintain pregnancy and fertility. The Concept∙Aid Power Block is especially beneficial in Artificial Insemination and embryo transfer breeding programs.

“Energy requirements increase significantly during the last third of pregnancy and while the cow is producing milk,” said Marston. “Protein is the second limiting nutrient in most rations. Without adequate amounts of protein in the diet, daily feed consumption drops off, feed passage rates decrease and overall digestive efficiency declines. To get to most nutrition from low and medium quality forage-based diets, cow/calf producers should include Amaferm in their protein, mineral and vitamin supplementation programs. ”

One 40-pound Concept∙Aid Power Block is recommended for 10-20 head of cattle. The rate of consumption is 1 lb. per head, per day.

For more information about VitaFerm’s new Concept∙Aid Power Block, visit www.vitaferm.com/products/concept-aid-power-block/.

BioZyme Utilizing New Software to Improve Shipping Efficiency Nationwide

BioZyme is leveraging a new freight management software system that enables the feed supplement manufacturer to arrange customer freight shipments more easily and efficiently, plus allow customers to track their shipments online.

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Trucks picking up product for shipment from BioZyme’s warehouse.

Partnering with online freight management software company Freightview, BioZyme is now able to quickly arrange freight shipments to its wide distribution of customers across North America. Prior to using the software, the growing company used a manual shipping process for its large orders that required employees to spend a lot of time searching different websites for a shipment quote. With the new system, data is exchanged with multiple carriers so quoting, booking and tracking shipments is streamlined in one location.

Since implementing the new management software, BioZyme has significantly cut the amount of time and money it spends on shipping, plus improved its on-time delivery rates and customer satisfaction. The software also allows BioZyme to view shipment arrival times, locate the product within the plant and notify customers on their order’s progress. Customers can even track their own shipments online through the new system.

“The new software allows us to provide customers with faster, more cost-efficient delivery of their products,” said Chris Feiden, BioZyme supply chain director. “We can save on average 10 minutes per shipment, which totals over 50 hours per month — time that we would much rather spend addressing the animal nutritional needs of our customers.”

 

 

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.

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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/.