Investing in Cowherd Fertility Increases Reproductivity and Pounds Weaned

Reproduction is the most important trait in beef cattle production. There are many factors that have a tremendous impact on reproductive performance of cattle; however, nutrition is one of the few factors producers help control. Depending on when nutrients are limited, reproduction is one of the first functions to be sacrificed. To meet the nutritional requirements, cow-calf producers have found investing in a mineral program that includes Concept•Aid® will help them see increased rates in fertility and pounds of calves weaned.

In a recent study conducted, pregnancy rates, calving rates and weaning weights from nearly 5,000 breeding age heifers and cows were collected from across the United States. Five breeds from both the purebred and commercial cattle segments were represented, with the data being compared with national cow data from independent studies.

“An animal uses nutrients for lots of different purposes, and reproduction is like a luxury to the animal,” said Dr. Lynsey Whitacre, Business Development and Field Support for BioZyme® Inc., who analyzed the data. “We typically associate nutrients with maintenance and general health, but livestock won’t start putting nutrients toward reproduction until they are available. It’s a luxury to the animal, not a necessity, so if there aren’t extra nutrients there, they won’t even try toward reproduction because they will keep the nutrients to maintain themselves and not maintain the pregnancy.”

The study revealed that females who were fed Concept•Aid showed increased fertility and reproductive success compared to the national average. Pregnancy rates for those on Concept•Aid were recorded at 94%, compared to the national average of 91%. When specific geographic regions are compared, even greater success is seen in Concept•Aid pregnancy rates. For example, the Texas cow-calf standardized performance analysis (SPA) data reports a pregnancy rate of 88.8%, but of the 1,700 cows bred in Texas and reported to the Concept•Aid database, the pregnancy rate is 96.2%. Similarly, in Oklahoma the SPA data reported an average pregnancy rate of 89.4%. The average pregnancy rate of cows in Oklahoma in the Concept•Aid database is 93.8%. These statistics further demonstrate enhanced reproductive success using Concept•Aid with Amaferm® in purebred and commercial cow-calf operations.

“Amaferm helps them digest and absorb the nutrients better that they are already getting, and helps with intake,” Dr. Whitacre said. “The idea behind Concept•Aid is to provide really high-quality vitamins and minerals used in breeding so it helps supplement whatever they are getting from the pasture or whatever their feed source is.”

Perhaps the most significant data in the study showed that Concept•Aid doesn’t only aid in getting cows bred, but more importantly, keeping them bred. In addition to an increase in pregnancy rates while on Concept•Aid, more live calves were born with more pounds of calves weaned, putting more dollars of profit in the producers’ pockets if they sell at weaning. Cows on Concept•Aid had a birth rate of 93.6%, while the national average is nearly six points lower at 87.8%. And at weaning, cows that were fed Concept•Aid, weaned a calf that weighed, on average, 590 pounds, compared to the national average of just 531 pounds.

“With weaning weight, we saw quite heavier calves coming off our Concept•Aid cattle. Not only did feeding Concept•Aid help with the pregnancy, but it also helped the animal maintain itself through the lactation period and helped the calf also,” Dr. Whitacre said. “We wanted to show the positive effects Concept•Aid has on breeding and calving rates as well as the lasting impact it has on the calf, and the weaning weight data helped us understand that a little bit better. Hopefully our customers will see the rewards they are getting for using a premier product like Concept•Aid.”

In addition to the Amaferm advantage, Concept•Aid offers proteinated trace minerals (Copper, Zinc, and Manganese), that play a critical role in reproduction. These are the most stable, bioavailable organic trace minerals on the market. Concept•Aid is also high in Vitamin E, an antioxidant that plays an essential role for general cell wall integrity and muscle repair, and is proven to be helpful in short-term periods of stress. Calving is a stress that requires repair of the reproductive track. Furthermore, Concept•Aid is available in different Phosphorus levels that will complement various grains, by-products, or stored forages you may be feeding.

VitaFerm® Gives Back: BioZyme® Inc., Donates $14,671 to Hereford Youth Foundation of America

BioZyme Inc., Saint Joseph, Mo., donated more than $14,000 to the Hereford Youth Foundations of America at the recent American Hereford Association Annual Meeting. Pictured from left includes 2017 National Hereford Queen Annah Dobson; Crystal Blin, BioZyme Marketing Programs Manager; Lisa Norton, BioZyme Vice-president; Bruce Everhart, HYFA Vice-president; and Steven Green, NJHA Chair.

Hereford producers know that feeding a quality mineral program pays. For the last year, the return has been more than just healthy, growing, productive cattle. BioZyme® Inc., makers of VitaFerm®, and the Hereford Youth Foundation of America have partnered to create the “Feed the Future” program, where BioZyme pledged to contribute $1 to HYFA for every bag or tub of eligible VitaFerm supplement that any American Hereford Association member bought prior to the AHA Annual Meeting.

On Oct. 27, Lisa Norton, Vice President of BioZyme, presented HYFA a check for $14,671, and thanked Hereford breeders for stepping up to the plate and turning in their receipts throughout the year. The presentation happened during the AHA Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Mo.

“Our founder Larry Ehlert always said ‘Feed them as well as you breed ‘em.’  Still, to this day BioZyme believes this is true whether you are talking about cattle or youth,” Norton said. “The Feed the Future program has been another way BioZyme can support the young people and the advancement of the breed. We are excited to continue this program into year two, and we know the opportunity to triple the impact is there.”

Because BioZyme believes so strongly in the future of young people involved in agriculture, they have agreed to continue the Feed the Future program into 2018. Receipts for product purchased and turned in from Nov. 1, 2017 through Oct. 31, 2018 will count toward the 2018 contribution to HYFA.

“Feed the Future has the ability to take the Hereford Youth Foundation of America to the next level, and create more opportunities for Hereford youth in terms or education and leadership. BioZyme is such a big part of our past, and now this makes them an integral part of our future,” said Amy Cowan, AHA Director of Youth Activities and Foundation.

During the next year of Feed the Future, BioZyme will include Vita Charge® Stress Tubs in its list of products eligible for the program. Other qualified products include Concept•Aid®, HEAT®, Cattleman’s Blend™, VitaFerm 30-13% Protein Tub, Roughage Fortifier® and Sure Start® Pellet. For more information about Feed the Future, contact your local VitaFerm dealer or your Area Sales Manager, found here:

BioZyme® Introduces Vitalize® Ambassador Emily Miller

Emily Miller

(SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., Sept. 20, 2017) Keeping a work-life balance in check takes effort, but setting realistic goals and making both her health and her horses’ health priorities has allowed professional cowgirl Emily Miller to take the rodeo world by storm this year. BioZyme® Inc., is excited to announce that Miller is one of its newest Vitalize® ambassadors.

“I’ve always had a need for speed, so that is how my involvement in the sport of rodeo evolved,” said the animal loving Kansas native who now resides in Weatherford, Okla.

And, when she says speed, she means it. Miller is currently ranked in the top 15 in the sport of barrel racing, with the dream of making her first appearance as a National Finals Rodeo contestant in Las Vegas later this year.

But being ranked in the top 15 hasn’t happened overnight, nor has it come easily. Miller works full-time as a registered dental hygienist, and therefore typically only competes on weekends. However, with high-quality, healthy horses she has been able to achieve the goals she set for herself: win the Prairie Circuit, check; win the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee Fla., and qualify for Calgary Stampede, check, check; perform well at Calgary and Cheyenne, check, check. One goal at a time, and one day at a time is how this young cowgirl balances her profession and her passion.

Miller started using the Vitalize High Performance pellets on Jet, one of her more nervous horses that is ulcer-prone, to see if it would make a difference. After about 30 days, she noticed a healthier, calmer horse with a shinier hair coat. She introduced the supplement to the rest of her horses to keep them healthy and performing.

“A happy horse is a horse that’s going to perform, and if they are not 100%, they can’t do their job. In a competition like professional barrel racing, you must have your horses at their best all the time. If you don’t have your horses at their best, somebody else does,” Miller said. “Being reassured that my horses have that Vitalize supplement and they are feeling good is one less thing for me to worry about. If they aren’t feeling good, and time comes down to a one-hundredth of a second, everything counts. So, you have got to have them tip-top and ready to go.”

“I’ve known Emily since she was such a little girl they had to glue blocks of wood to her stirrups so she could reach,” said John Jeffrey, BioZyme Area Sales Manager for Oklahoma and Eastern Kansas. “She works hard, has first-rate character and will represent our company and our brand with poise, grace and humility.”

As a Vitalize ambassador, Miller will represent and promote the brand at various rodeos and equine events. She is a firm believer in the products and feeds the Vitalize Equine High Performance pellets daily and uses the Vitalize Equine Recovery Paste when she travels long distances.

“Your horse’s health and well-being is a game changer. You’ve got to prioritize that if you want top-performing equine athletes,” Miller said. “This company has done its research and really has a top-quality product that is necessary if you want to have a chance competing at a top level. You owe it to yourself and your horse to give them the best chance to do that.”

For more information about Vitalize products, or to find a dealer near you, visit

BioZyme® Inc. Launches Master Dealer Training Program

It takes a team to succeed in business, and that team should be informed about the products and services you offer. In a 2015 Facebook survey of nearly 580 livestock producers who use supplements, 48% of them said they expected their dealers to have product knowledge and be able to assist with feeding recommendations.  

In an effort to fulfill that expectation, BioZyme created the Master Dealer Training Program to equip its dealers with product information and keep them trained, all from the comfort of their own computers. Since its inception this summer, 23 dealers across the country have completed the program. 

According to Lessonly, a leader in modern learning software development, productivity increases by 22% when employees are properly trained. That means productivity of one employee who makes $30,000 per year, could increase $6,000. Taking the time to train your employees is a good investment, especially if you multiply that $6,000 by the number of employees you train. 

“The Master Dealer program is an easily accessible place to log on and learn about our products and the industry at your own speed,” says Erin Creason, Inside Sales Coordinator at BioZyme. “The consumer has asked that when they go to purchase product that the dealer has product or will order product in a timely manner and has product knowledge and is able to make a recommendation. By becoming a Master Dealer, you’re able to do both at the same time! Whether you sit down and complete the training or have your staff go through our training modules, we’re all multiplying our efforts.”  

The program, which offers online training is one way to keep dealers knowledgeable about the various products, their uses and BioZyme services. A variety of learning modules covering topics from Amaferm® and stocker cattle to commercial poultry and horses are available. After each brief training video, there is a quiz for the participants to take. After all quizzes are passed and all other requirements are completed, the dealer will receive Master Dealer recognition.  

In addition to completing the training modules, other requirements to meet the Master Dealer designation include having at least two employees for each dealership complete the training (unless there is just one person involved with the dealership); stocking four of the five following brands: Sure Champ®, Concept•Aid®/HEAT®, Gain Smart®, Vita Charge® or Vitalize®; and completing two courses in continuing education training each subsequent year. 

Once a dealership has completed all the requirements for Master Dealer, it will be recognized and marketed as such. It will receive a special designation on the Dealer Locator page on the website, signage with the Master Dealer designation will be provided to the store; and employees who complete the training will be given a special jacket with the Master Dealer logo on it.

BioZyme works hard to give their dealers every opportunity to learn and grow with the company. The Master Dealer program is just one example of the resources created to ensure dealers have access to both people and tools necessary to grow and flourish.  

To locate a Master Dealer near you, go to 

BioZyme® Introduces Vitalize® Ambassador Whitney DeSalvo

Whitney DeSalvo

(SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., Sept. 14, 2017) Success is the result of working hard and striving to make yourself better than you were the day before. That is why BioZyme® Inc., is excited to announce Whitney DeSalvo, Springfield, Ark., as one of its newest Vitalize® ambassadors. 

“Whitney is probably the best female roper there is,” said Chris Kyle, BioZyme Area Sales Manager representing Arkansas, Louisiana and northeast Texas. “She rides good horses, practices good horsemanship and has more work ethic and drive to be better every day than any other female competitor I’ve ever met.” 

As a Vitalize ambassador, DeSalvo, will represent and promote the brand at various equine events. She is a firm believer in the products and feeds both the Vitalize Equine High Performance pellets and Vitalize Equine Free Choice Mineral to her horses daily. Vitalize Recovery Paste is her go-to product for her roping horse, Becky, after a long haul. She will also help coach younger girls interested in roping at various clinics in the future. 

“It’s a privilege to represent Vitalize and I’m thankful to be a part of these great products,” DeSalvo said. “Without my horse’s being 100-percent, I couldn’t do what I do every day. I like how Vitalize makes my horses look. It makes them feel good, and when they feel good, they perform well.” 

The 22-year-old DeSalvo, whose mom also was a successful rodeo cowgirl, has been roping since she was 8. She is currently leading the standings in both the WPRA and the USTRC Cruel Girl circuit, with a nearly $22,000 lead in the WPRA standings. 

“All three of my horses look better since I started feeding Vitalize. They are staying filled out, and they are staying chilled out, which is the Amaferm® working to make their gut process feel better. I can tell when my mare’s stomach is bothering her, and she doesn’t want to perform, but I haven’t had those problems since I started her on Vitalize,” DeSalvo said. 

For more information about Vitalize and that good gut feeling, visit 

BioZyme® Hires Dr. Lynsey Whitacre as Equine Business Development & Field Support

(SAINT JOSEPH, Mo.July 24, 2017) Dr. Lynsey Whitacre has been hired as the Equine Business Development & Field Support for BioZyme® Inc., based in Saint Joseph, Mo. She recently completed her doctorate in Biological Information Sciences at the University of Missouri. 

In her role, Dr. Whitacre will work with Area Sales Managers and dealers to expand product knowledge and grow market share of the Vitalize® line of products specifically formulated for the equine industry. 

“We are extremely excited and honored to have someone with Lynsey’s extensive background in the equine industry on our staff,” said Alan Lee, Southern National Sales Director. “She brings a lot of relevant knowledge about the equine business to our team. Not only is she highly educated, but she’s spent her lifetime gaining hands-on, practical experience as well.” 

Dr. Whitacre has a life-long passion for horses and all animals. She started riding when she got her first pony at just 2-years-old. She currently shows three jumper horses, and competes across North America with them. She has been an avid Hunter Jumper for more than half her life. 

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska and a master’s in Animal Science from the University of Missouri. Her doctoral research focused on animal health and genetics, and she collaborated on projects with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, U.S. Geological Survey and groups in Italy. 

“Through all the work and research I’ve done, I’ve enjoyed learning how to keep animals healthy in a natural way,” Dr. Whitacre said. “Whether it’s a cow raising a calf or a horse performing, keeping them healthy so they do their best for us is really important.” 

To learn more about Vitalize equine products or to reach Dr. Whitacre, visit

BioZyme® Welcomes Research Intern to St. Joseph

BioZyme® Inc., the maker of brands like VitaFerm® and Vita Charge®, is excited to welcome Mason DeVooght as its summer research intern to St. Joseph, Mo. DeVooght is working on the initial phases of a reproductive success bench marking project.

DeVooght, originally from Savannah, Mo., is a senior at Northwest Missouri State University. He is majoring in Agribusiness, and is working with BioZyme to build a database of beef cattle operations that use the BioZyme products with a focus on reproductive efficiency.

“The most exciting thing for me is learning about the industry and seeing how products help with the livelihood of animals,” DeVooght said.

DeVooght has worked closely with Dr. Twig Marston, Beef Business Development & Field Support, to develop how the information will be compiled. He will also work with the Area Sales Manager to gather the initial data.

“Mason is a good thinker who wants to be a part of the industry,” Marston said. “He has a great background in information and technology, and is a fast learner who will be a continual learner now and in the future.”

The research internship is based in St. Joseph, and will allow DeVooght to interact with nutritionists, sales staff and producers across the country.

BioZyme® Hires Richard Moats as Area Sales Manager in Montana & North Dakota

(SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., May 31, 2017) Richard Moats has been hired to represent BioZyme Inc., as its Area Sales Manager (ASM) in Montana and North Dakota. He brings a wealth of nutrition sales experience to BioZyme, and has worked around cattle and horses nearly his entire life. As an ASM, Moats will work to develop new and build upon current dealer and customer relations while promoting the BioZyme line of products.

Moats, a Montana native, has a vast knowledge of the nutrition business and sales. He previously owned and operated Moats Ranch Supply, and then became a territory manager for Hubbard Feeds. He continued work in feed sales for Ridley Block Operations, a division of Ridley Inc., and he specialized in opening up new territories with the help of distributors in the network.

“I look forward to selling products to people to help them be more profitable,” Moats said. “I have a passion to help producers expand their operation and make it better. I am excited to bring new products to people and to see them be successful.”

“I am excited that Richard was able to join the BioZyme team. He brings knowledge and experience of the cattle and equine business, which will help the dealer network along with providing an excellent resource for the producer,” said Michael Wadle, Northern Sales Manager for BioZyme.

Moats is married to his counselor and traveling companion, Rosie. He enjoys rodeo, team roping, hunting, guiding fishing trips and working with horses.

As an ASM, Moats will promote sales of BioZyme products and support the company’s dealer network in Montana and North Dakota. BioZyme’s supplement brands include VitaFerm®, Sure Champ®, Gain Smart™, Vita Charge®, DuraFerm® and Vitalize®. For a list of BioZyme Area Sales Managers, visit

BioZyme® Hires Caitlin Tye as Content and Social Media Manager

(SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., May 31, 2017) Caitlin Tye, a seventh generation agriculturalist, is the newest member of the marketing team at BioZyme® Inc. She began her role as Content and Social Media Manager on May 25.

Caitlin is an Illinois native who most recently coordinated the social media presence for Deere & Company. Prior to working at Deere, she served as an Admissions Counselor at New Mexico State University in Portales, as the Events Manager at the Curry County Events Center in Clovis, N.M., and as the Communications Director for the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. She is a graduate of West Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communications. She competed in horse judging at both the junior and senior college levels.

“There are brands within BioZyme that have been on the forefront of utilizing social media to communicate with those using our products, but not all divisions within the company use that technology, some of which should be without question. Caitlin comes to us with incredible experience as a social media analyst with John Deere as well as a solid agricultural and equestrian background,” said Jackie Lackey, Director of Strategic Marketing for BioZyme. “Not only will Caitlin be able to facilitate engaging content and interact with our many different audiences, she will ensure that our social media efforts are meeting our objectives and creating the kind of return we expect. She is passionate about taking advantage of all of the tools available to us and our dealers so we can maximize our communication efforts through channels in which our customers already use on an everyday basis.”

Caitlin was raised in a rich farming community, and has always had deep appreciation for agriculture. While involved with the Miss America Organization, her platform was Ag education for youth and teaching the next generation to appreciate what farmers do. She also has a passion for the equine industry, and got her first pony at the age of nine. She currently owns a 5-year-old performance mare that is in a training program, and enjoys spending as much time as she can with her horse. Caitlin is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.

“I am excited to continue to work within my degree for an industry I am so passionate about. I am excited that I can work for BioZyme and be a military wife at the same time,” Caitlin said. “I am really excited about being a part of the vision of the company and where they want to take the brand in the future.”

Caitlin will relocate to Cabot, Ark., to live with her husband, Dylan, a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base. To reach Caitlin or any of the BioZyme staff, visit

BioZyme® Welcomes Summer Intern to Saint Joseph

(SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., June 1, 2017) BioZyme® Inc., the maker of brands like Sure Champ® and Vita Charge®, is excited to welcome a marketing and communications intern to its team this summer. LAilee Langdon, Anamosa, Iowa, will represent BioZyme and its various product lines at events across the United States.

“The internships are another way BioZyme can support young people interested in agriculture,” said Crystal Blin, Marketing Programs Manager for BioZyme. “Our summer intern is confident, mature and brings to the table a lot of experience gained from past internships.”Langdon will work to promote the brands and the company on the Sure Champ Junior National Tour. She will gain experience in event planning and coordination, marketing, communications, and leadership. In addition to providing social media presence at the junior nationals and visiting with producers and exhibitors at the Sure Champ booth at various shows across the country, she will also help oversee the Junior National Mini-internship participants, something new to BioZyme in 2017.

Langdon is the 7th generation in her family to have grown up in an agricultural setting producing beef and row crops. She was heavily involved in youth programs, and showed Foundation Simmental, Charolais and Maine-Anjou heifers while maintaining various leadership positions in 4-H and FFA.

“I am looking forward to meeting producers all over the country to help educate them on the proven BioZyme products to give the producers the opportunity to enhance their operations. BioZyme has a great reputation in this industry and amazes me with their dedication to constant research and how they truly believe in each of their products,” said Langdon, who has used BioZyme products on her own livestock.

A recent graduate with an associate degree in Ag-Business from Kirkwood Community College, Langdon is always working to expand her knowledge base. She is honored to be a part of the BioZyme team and is looking forward to a great summer.

This is the sixth year for the marketing and communications summer internship at BioZyme. The interns are based in Saint Joseph, Mo., but will travel extensively to junior national shows across the country. Stop and say hello to her at the Sure Champ booth at your junior show.