BioZyme® Hires Jeremy Roberts as Area Sales Manager in Montana

(SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., March 15, 2017) BioZyme Inc., announces that it has hired Jeremy Roberts as its Area Sales Manager in Montana. The Montana native, based out of Absarokee, will cultivate relationships with dealers and customers while promoting BioZyme’s many brands.

“I am looking forward to developing good relationships with producers while servicing the state of Montana,” Roberts said. “This is pretty much uncharted territory, so the sky’s the limit.”

In this position, Roberts is responsible for promoting sales of BioZyme products and supporting the company’s dealer network across Montana. BioZyme’s supplement brands include VitaFerm®, Sure Champ®, Gain Smart™, Vita Charge®, DuraFerm™ and Vitalize®.

Roberts offers more than 20 years of experience working with purebred cattle producers in the state, as he and his wife, Kate, recently operated their own custom fitting service, preparing cattle for numerous purebred sales in Montana. They also raise and sell show steers and have been users of BioZyme products on their own operation for several years. They have a 7-year-old son, Chael, and enjoy being involved in the cattle industry and showing cattle.

“Jeremy is native of Montana who has a strong work ethic with customer satisfaction being a top priority. His knowledge of the cattle business and his people skills make him a great asset for BioZyme,” said Mike Wadle, Northern National Sales Director for BioZyme.

To contact Roberts or for a full list of BioZyme Area Sales Managers, visit http://biozymeinc.com/our-staff.

BioZyme® Introduces Gain Smart™ Stocker Program to Promote Healthy, Efficient Gains

(SAINT JOSEPH, Mo. Feb. 28, 2016)The new Gain Smart Stocker Program from BioZyme Inc. provides a research-proven, three-step supplement system for naturally increasing calf health, appetite, and more cost effective gain.

Known for research and proven results in forage utilization, it was just a matter of time before BioZyme launched it’s first-ever line of stocker mineral. All mineral options contain BioZyme’s proprietary prebiotic, Amaferm®, to promote calf health and economically produced pounds by maximizing the natural energy and protein available in forage and feed.

When added to a forage diet, Amaferm has been research-proven to provide 16% more energy plus 34% more microbial (natural) protein which led to .29 lbs. of average daily gain (ADG) on calves fed high-quality, small grains pasture in a University of Arizona study. When added to a high-grain diet, Amaferm is also proven to stabilize the rumen environment, which is very important to maximizing efficiency.

“Feeding the Gain Smart Stocker Program maximizes digestion no matter the diet, whether it’s forage or grain,” said Twig Marston, Technical Sales Field Manager at BioZyme.”Products recommended in the program accelerate gain by stimulating the calf’s rumen to function at top efficiency, maximizing both the natural energy and protein available to the animal. The program also works to improve calf health by reducing the effects of stress, the greatest immunity inhibitor, plus pays a 2 to 1 return through more gain and use of less medication.”

The GainSmart Program Stocker Program

Step 1 – Receive – Use once within 48 hours of receiving
Product:Vita Charge Cattle Drench

  • Jump starts feed and energy intake
  • Stimulates cattle’s immune system
  • Allows maximum effectiveness of vaccinations

Step 2 – Start – Feed 7-14 days of receiving
Product:Vita Charge Stress Tub

  • Promotes feed and water intake
  • MOS helps trap and flush bad bacteria limiting their ability to do harm
  • Increases digestibility to maximize the energy value of feed for more gains

Step 3 – Grow – Feed minimum of 45 days; 100 days is recommended
Product (Choose One): Gain Smart Stocker, Gain Smart Wheat Mineral, Gain Smart Balancer RU1600

  • Stimulates digestion and increases nutrient absorption for optimum gain
  • Supports hoof health and immunity
  • Accurately supplements those minerals lacking in the pasture

Within a month of launch, because of BioZyme’s reputation with VitaFerm®, Superior Livestock Auction picked up both VitaFerm and Gain Smart as the first-ever nutrition partners and named BioZyme its exclusive nutrition company in its value-added programs for 2017. To qualify for the Gain Smart program, and to carry the onscreen logo on Superior, calves must have been backgrounded for a minimum of 45 days prior to sale through delivery on a Gain Smart mineral.

For more information about the program, contact BioZyme Inside Sales at 816-344-5748 or a Superior Livestock Auction representative at superiorlivestock.com. About BioZyme® Inc.

BioZyme® Introduces DuraFerm™ Brand Product Line for Sheep and Goats

(SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., March 1, 2017) BioZyme® Inc. recently expanded its product line to include DuraFerm brand nutritional supplements for sheep and goats.

DuraFerm is a line of small ruminant nutrition supplements formulated to support the immune system and promote optimal digestive health and nutrition, resulting in maximized performance at every stage of production, said Erin Creason, BioZyme Inside Sales Coordinator.

“BioZyme is committed to providing high-quality nutritional supplements to the small ruminant sector,” said Creason. “All nutrient levels, including macro minerals, trace minerals and vitamins, have been carefully formulated in the DuraFerm products at different levels for each species, along with differences in recommended feeding rates.”

DuraFerm brand products include all-natural Goat Concept•Aid®, Sheep Concept•Aid, and Sheep Concept•Aid Protein Tub. All products are a highly bioavailable, vitamin and mineral supplements specifically designed to target cycling, embryo production and conception when fed 30 days prior to kidding/lambing through breeding. Concept•Aid contains organic zinc, manganese, selenium yeast and high levels of Vitamin E to support maximum production and health, particularly within A.I. and E.T. breeding programs. Additionally, Sheep Concept•Aid helps to prevent white muscle disease and milk fever in sheep.

These products contain BioZyme’s proprietary Amaferm®, a natural prebiotic that increases digestion to maximize the energy value of feed. Amaferm has been research-proven to increase the energy available to the animal resulting in more milk production, as well as the ability to initiate and maintain pregnancy and fertility. For additional sheep and goat Amaferm research information, visit www.amaferm.com/sheep-goats/.

For more information about the DuraFerm brand, visit www.duraferm.com or contact Erin Creason at 816-238-7084 or ecreason@biozymeinc.com.

BioZyme® Inc. Expands Marketing Team

St. Joseph, MO – BioZyme Inc. has recently expanded its marketing efforts, including adding to the already existing talented staff that works to promote its brands on a daily basis. Four marketing experts have joined the staff to help promote BioZyme’s line of products.

Jackie Lackey

Jackie Lackey

Jackie Lackey, Director of Strategic Marketing; Kristi Stevens, Marketing Project Manager; and Tell Stevens, Digital Marketing Manager, are based out of an office in Haskell, Texas. Jamie Beatty, Senior Graphic Designer, works from her home in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

“BioZyme is always excited about the future of our ever-expanding marketing opportunities. However, those opportunities cannot be fully implemented without a larger, diverse and dedicated marketing squad. And yes, it does take a squad,” said Lisa Norton, Vice-president of Marketing. “It is with that thought in mind that the expansion of our team occurred. I am excited and humbled that we have had the success we have had in our marketing efforts, but can’t wait to see what this new team can accomplish.”

In her role as Director of Strategic Marketing, Jackie Lackey will identify opportunities and coordinate marketing efforts across all platforms. She brings more than a decade of marketing and communication experience having founded her own marketing and public relations company, Encore Visions, while in graduate school at Texas A&M University, where she earned a master’s in Agribusiness and a bachelor’s in Animal Science.

Lackey and her Encore Visions staff have worked on a contract basis with BioZyme for several years, and as BioZyme’s business grew, so did the demand for marketing and communications efforts. After several conversations with Lisa and Bob Norton and the Encore staff, it was clear that this was a perfect fit for all parties.

“My role in promoting BioZyme hasn’t changed,” Lackey said. “Our internal [Encore] staff and their staff melded together with their strengths and passions. It is important that people are in roles they love. What I appreciate the most is the amount of support we have from the top to let us think freely and use our creativity to position ourselves uniquely within the brands we represent.”

Lackey and her husband, Jason, also own and operate Lackey Livestock, where they raise and sell show pigs. They have two sons, Weston, 8, and Grant, 6. Lackey said she finds her joy in working alongside Jason raising their boys in agriculture and helping and supporting Jason with his passion.

Kristi Stevens

Kristi Stevens

Kristi Stevens uses her marketing skills and business savvy as the Marketing Project Manager. She manages the many internal and external communications pieces for BioZyme while planning programs and events. She showed sheep and goats through FFA in high school at Waxahachie, Texas, which led her to pursue a degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M. Prior to joining BioZyme, she worked for Encore Visions, managing multiple projects for multiple clients.

“I am looking forward to the unique challenge and opportunity to focus on the marketing of a single company,” Stevens said. “That will be a lot of fun as a marketer.”

Stevens and her husband, Tell, have two children, Addison, 4, and Tylan, 1. She enjoys reading and sharing a love of books with her kids.

Tell Stevens

Tell Stevens

Tell Stevens is the Digital Marketing Manager and will oversee the front-end of all the public websites, digital advertising, email marketing efforts, manage contacts and sales leads, and manage the analytics of the digital efforts. He is a self-taught web developer who also had worked at Encore Visions.

Tell grew up showing steers, lambs and pigs. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M. During and immediately after graduation, he worked at GRI/ Sexing Technologies. He and his dad are on a competition barbecue team, and he also enjoys woodworking.

As Senior Graphic Designer, Jamie Beatty will create the images that brand BioZyme products for the public. She will develop advertising and promotional pieces that creatively convey a message that resonates with consumers. She has a degree in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science from The Ohio State University. She has served as the Director of Communications for the Ohio Pork Producers Council and worked at Encore Visions since 2009.

Jamie Banbury

Jamie Beatty

“I am really excited to promote the products we offer,” Beatty said. She added that she and her husband use the BioZyme products on their club lamb operation, where they have 150 ewes and produce lambs for 4-H and FFA projects.

She has 2 1/2-year-old son, Stetson, who keeps her busy. She also enjoys helping young kids with their livestock projects.

For a complete list of the BioZyme squad, visit http://biozymeinc.com/our-staff.

BioZyme Seeks North Dakota Area Sales Manager

BioZyme Incorporated is seeking an Area Sales Manager to cover the state of North Dakota.

Basic duties include:

  • Selling to and servicing dealer network and customer base
  • Identifying new dealership opportunities
  • Work area trade shows and events to help grow the business, and support youth in agriculture
  • The qualified candidate will have prior sales experience and knowledge of livestock production and nutrition

BioZyme offers a competitive salary, performance bonus and multiple retirement and health benefits.

For more information,  please contact Mike Wadle, National Sales Manager at816-344-5744. You can also email your resume to hr@biozymeinc.com.

BioZyme® Hires Jake Warntjes as Area Sales Manager for Eastern Colorado, Western Kansas, Western Oklahoma

(SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., Feb. 13, 2017) Jake Warntjes joins the BioZyme® staff as the newest Area Sales Manager. He represents Eastern Colorado, Western Kansas and Western Oklahoma. In his role, he will work to develop new and build upon current dealer and customer relations while promoting BioZyme’s many brands.

“I am excited to be part of team that has a great reputation in the industry and represent great products,”Warntjes said. “The people who use our products all the way to the support at the corporate level are top-notch.”

Warntjes is a native of Oregon, where he grew up on his family’s club lamb operation. He was involved in showing all species of livestock in 4-H and FFA. He attended Redlands Community College and Oklahoma State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and was competitive on the livestock judging teams at both the junior and senior college levels.

He has spent the last three years as a sales and client services representative for TransOva in Texas, and is enthused to relocate back to Oklahoma. Warntjes is passionate about the livestock industry and enjoys judging shows and helping exhibitors succeed with their projects. He likes to assist his brother with his club lamb operation in California when time allows.

“I am extremely excited about the addition of Jake Warntjes to the BioZyme sales team. Jake brings a vast knowledge of the sheep and beef industries to his position,” said Alan Lee, BioZyme Director of Sales – South. “With his recent experience at TransOva, Jake will be very valuable in the field with his knowledge in cattle reproduction. I look for Jake to do really big things within his territory in the near future.”

As an ASM, Warntjes will promote sales of BioZyme products and support the company’s dealer network in the tri-state area. BioZyme’s supplement brands include VitaFerm®, Sure Champ®, Gain Smart, Vita Charge®, DuraFerm, Vitalize® and Digest More®. For a list of BioZyme Area Sales Managers, visit http://biozymeinc.com/our-staff.

BioZyme® Hires Taylor Sherwood as Area Sales Manager in Nebraska

(SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., Jan. 20, 2017) Taylor Sherwood, Broken Bow, Nebraska, is the new Area Sales Manager in Nebraska for BioZyme® Inc. In her new role, she will travel the state to develop relationships with potential customers, assist dealers with education, promotion and sales, and help BioZyme expand its growth in the Cornhusker State.

“I am very excited for this new role and to take what I’ve learned in past experiences and help so many segments of the industry,” Sherwood said. “As a kid growing up, most families talked about their day, while we grew up talking about feed rations.”

Sherwood grew up on her family’s Texas Longhorn operation in the eastern part of Nebraska, where her dad managed the feed division of the Aurora co-op for many years. In addition to raising cattle and horses, she also participated in rodeo both in team roping and barrel racing. She attended Fort Hays State University in Kansas for two years and earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics with a minor in ag entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

She has worked for the Texas Longhorn Marketing Alliance, Hired Hand Website Software and most recently as an area feed rep in Central Nebraska for Trotter’s.

“I am so excited to have Taylor on board, as she is a native of Nebraska who understands the livestock industry in the Midwest,” said Mike Wadle, BioZyme Director of Sales – North. “Her passion and knowledge will be an asset to all cattle and horse producers.”

As an ASM, Sherwood will promote sales of BioZyme products and support the company’s dealer network in Nebraska. BioZyme’s supplement brands include VitaFerm®, Sure Champ®, Gain Smart™, Vita Charge®, DuraFerm®, Vitalize® and Digest More®. For a list of BioZyme Area Sales Managers, visit http://biozymeinc.com/our-staff.

BioZyme® Hires Rowdy Pope as Area Sales Manager in Florida, Alabama, Georgia

(SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., Jan. 25, 2017) BioZyme® Inc., manufacturers of proprietary, natural supplements for a variety of livestock, has hired Rowdy Pope of Molino, Florida, as an Area Sales Manager in its Supplement Division.

In this position, Pope is responsible for promoting sales of BioZyme products and supporting the company’s dealer network in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. BioZyme’s supplement brands include VitaFerm®, Sure Champ®, Gain Smart™, Vita Charge®, DuraFerm™, Vitalize® and Digest More®.

“BioZyme is a great company and the camaraderie between everyone in the company is great. Everybody is ready to help,” Pope said. “I’m looking forward to building relationships with the producers and dealers in this area to bring them products I know will help improve their operations and businesses.”

Pope is a Texas native, whose family raises and has trained performance horses his entire life. They also raised feeder calves. Prior to BioZyme, Pope worked 26 years with the Department of Justice in construction. He announced rodeos for 25 years, and has spent his lifetime around horses and cattle.

“Rowdy is a highly motivated, well-rounded individual who has a vast array of experience in agriculture, performance horses and livestock, in general,” said Alan Lee, BioZyme Director of Sales. “Coupled with his experience serving in the Army, as well as his strong work ethic, I am
extremely excited to have Rowdy as part of the BioZyme team. I know that our customers will quickly appreciate Rowdy’s enthusiasm and eagerness to help.”

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

Ohio State University Expert: Starting Calves on a Natural Prebiotic Improves Performance in Transitioning Feedlot Diets

Weaning is a normal process in beef production, and also a stressful one. Weaned calves are often subjected to numerous nutritional, behavioral and immunological stressors immediately prior to and during the weaning, marketing and transportation process, as well as upon arrival at the feedlot or backgrounding facility. Alejandro Relling, Ph.D, of the Department of Animal Sciences at Ohio State University in Wooster, OH, says research supports feeding weaned calves a natural prebiotic derived from Aspergillus oryzae fermentation, such as BioZyme Inc.’s AO-Biotics or Amaferm, can improve nutrient absorption and boost immunity in the calf’s gut.

“The exposure to new pathogenic organisms and vaccines to which the calves must mount an immune response both demand that calves be on an appropriate nutritional program in order to allow an adequate immune response,” said Dr. Relling. “There is often no social order immediately following weaning, and this lack of social order means that it can take calves several days to learn how to eat from a feed bunk or drink from a new water source. The feedlot receiving feedlot-cattlediet is often drier than pasture, or may contain fermented feeds unfamiliar to the newly weaned calves. Finally, the calves are often exhausted following weaning, being trucked, sorted and mixed with unfamiliar calves. During this time, both feed and water may be scarce. These periods of feed and water deprivation cause changes in the rumen environment and eating patterns of calves.”

A main goal as a nutritionist during the first few weeks following weaning is to improve water and feed intake, said Dr. Relling. Consequently, the diet offered to calves must be both palatable and digestible in order to allow for proper animal health and performance. A natural prebiotic, such as those offered by BioZyme, can help to maintain gut balance.

According to a research study conducted by Dr. Ignacio Ipharraguerre of Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany, the apparent immune-stimulating action of BioZyme’s AO-Biotics may safeguard the gut against inflammation and damage resulting from potentially harmful bacteria and antigens during this critical time, said Dr. Relling.

“The use of antibiotics in production livestock has become an issue that has found itself at the forefront of the industry. As consumer concerns continue to grow about the use and misuse of antibiotics given to livestock, producers are now looking for alternative methods to increase production and performance of ruminant animals,” said Dr. Relling. “Recent research has found that a prebiotic derived from Aspergillus oryzae fermentation modulates permeability of the intestinal mucosa and appears to stimulate the gut’s innate immune system.”

In a study conducted over a two-year period by Dr. Relling in 2015 and 2016, feeding 1.0 to 3.0 grams per head, per day of a prebiotic derived from Aspergillus oryzae fermentation in corn silage-based receiving diets containing feed additive Rumensin®, and fed using a prescribed intake, there was a linear increase in ADG during the first two weeks. According to the study results, the control cattle gained 0.62 lb./day compared to cattle fed 1.5 grams/day of Amaferm that gained 0.73 lb./day and cattle fed 3.0 grams/day of Amaferm that gained 1.23 lb./day. The increases in ADG resulted in a linear increase in feed efficiency of 10% and 103% for the 1.5 grams/day and 3.0 grams/day treatments, respectively.

“The importance of these results is that even with a prescription intake program, in a diet containing Rumensin, there was a benefit of having Amaferm in the diet,” said Dr. Relling. “There was no mortality during the first two weeks of this experiment, which partially may be attributed to the six-week post-weaning diet adaptation at the farms of origin for these cattle prior to feedlot arrival. The ability of the Amaferm treatments to result in greater ADG and G:F indicate that there was less metabolic stress and greater diet digestibility during the first week in the feedlot. This is a critical period as reductions in animal performance resulting in weight loss during week 1 are indicative of a negative energy and/or protein status, which makes an animal less capable of mounting an immune response against pathogenic and viral challenges.”

Amaferm has also been shown in a variety of studies to increase enzyme production by both cellulolytic and starch-digesting bacteria, increase the rate and extent of digestion, increase microbial protein yield on a variety of diets, reduce time for animals to resume consumption during diet transition, stabilize the rumen environment, and increase lactate uptake, according to Dr. Relling.

“These research findings all conclude that Amaferm may be a useful tool when feedlot cattle are being transitioned from one diet to another, or are under any stress that may impact rumen stability or feed intake,” he said.

For more information about BioZyme’s AO-Biotics or Amaferm prebiotics, contact Kevin Glaubius, Director of Nutrition & Technical Sales, at kglaubius@biozymeinc.com or  816-344-5762.

BioZyme Welcomes Salem Veterinary Service of South Dakota into its Dealer Network

BioZyme® Inc., manufacturers of natural supplements for a variety of livestock, is excited to welcome Salem Veterinary Service into its’ dealer network. Salem Veterinary Service will carry a complete line of BioZyme VitaFerm®, Sure Champ® and Vita Charge® branded products at its office at 702 S. Oliver St. in Salem, SD.

Sure Champ Pig“We are excited about the addition of Salem Veterinary Service to our dealer network. Not only will this allow our customers easier access to our products in the South Dakota area, but it will also allow existing Salem Veterinary Service customers to see more profitability in their herd as a result of using our products,” said BioZyme Vice President Lisa Norton. “Our VitaFerm, Sure Champ and Vita Charge product lines offer specially formulated, nutritional solutions for improving performance across multiple species.”

The VitaFerm brand offers highly bioavailable vitamin, mineral, trace mineral and protein supplements with the Amaferm® advantage, BioZyme’s proprietary prebiotic, for the cow-calf producer. With regular use, VitaFerm provides increased forage utilization, improved conception rates and performance that pays. Product lines include Concept∙Aid®, HEAT™, Cattleman’s Blend™, Sure Start® and Cow-Calf Mineral.

Formulated specifically for cattle, goats, pigs and sheep in the show ring, Sure Champ is a top-dress supplement that contains the Amaferm advantage and is research-proven to increase water and feed intake. When used as a proactive approach to digestive health, Sure Champ improves the integrity of the gut, appetite and overall performance as well as enhancing skin, hair quality and bloom for that show-ready look.

Vita Charge is a multi-species livestock supplement that provides a powerful dose of vitamins, B vitamins and the Amaferm advantage formulated to protect and promote the recovery of livestock during times of high stress. Vita Charge is available in many forms, making its application easy.

For more information on any of the BioZyme product lines, visit www.biozymeinc.com or contact Salem Veterinary Service at (605) 425-2020.