BioZyme Hires Kevin Arand as Dairy Territory Business Manager

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Kevin Arand, Dairy Territory Business Manager

BioZyme recently hired Kevin Arand of Waunakee, WI as Dairy Territory Business Manager in the Supplement Division.

In this position, Arand provides support to dairymen and cattle nutritionists regarding the application of BioZyme’s proprietary Amaferm natural feed additive. Amaferm acts as a prebiotic to increase digestibility and maximize the energy value of feed.

“Kevin comes to BioZyme with experience in dairy and beef nutrition, as well as reproduction and body scoring. He will support the value and application of Amaferm into cattle diets in Wisconsin,” said Barry Christie, BioZyme Dairy Business Manager. “He will also implement on dairy Apparent Nutrient Digestibility Assays provided by BioZyme. This assay evaluates pre-existing TMR digestibility, specifically forage fiber and starch digestion. This in turn sets up a protocol for the nutritionist to address digestibility issues that affect the accuracy of the diet and short- and long-term productivity of the animals.”

Prior to BioZyme, Arand worked as a Nutritional Consultant for WS Ag Center in Columbus, WI and as a Reproductive Specialist for Select Sires in Waupun, WI. He has a BS in Animal Science and a minor in Nutrition and Ag Business from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.

Arand is a member of the American Shorthorn Association, FFA and 4H. He grew up raising and showing cattle in Stockton, IL and fed BioZyme brands VitaFerm, Sure Champ and Concept∙Aid® to his own cattle.

“During my time doing nutritional work, I gained a lot of experience using Amaferm in dairy cattle, beef cattle, feedlot steers, dairy goats and swine,” he said. “I have also sold a significant amount of show feed, calf starters and milk replacers containing Amaferm  with a huge amount of success. I have never found a place in any of my feed programs where Amaferm has not worked.”

Why it Makes “Cents” to Provide Cattle With a Good Mineral Program

Producer Filling Concept AidThe main nutrient requirements for livestock are water, energy, protein, minerals and vitamins. In many cases, producers do a good job of providing enough water and adequate energy and protein sources. However, many producers fall short in providing the best nutritional program possible by purchasing “cheap” vitamin and mineral sources or failing to provide a vitamin and mineral source at all. Mineral nutrition for the cow is important year-round, but is particularly important during late gestation, calving and re-breeding. Management of the maternal unit throughout gestation and lactation not only impacts her productivity, but the performance and efficiency of her calf as well.

Why do animals need a good mineral program?

All animals have a defined set of nutritional needs. When nutrients run out, that is where performance stops. Minerals are an important component of these nutritional needs, and there is a delicate balance that is needed for maximum biological efficiency to be realized. Selecting the correct mineral supplement is essential for maintaining healthy animals, optimal growth and improved reproduction efficiency.

Nutritionally speaking, animals require two types of minerals: macro and trace minerals.

  1. Macro minerals – required in concentrations greater than 100 ppm
    • Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium, Sulfur, Sodium and Chlorine
  1. Trace minerals – required in concentrations less than 100 ppm
    • Cobalt, Copper, Iodine, Manganese, Selenium, Iron and Zinc

How do I select the appropriate mineral program?

There are several factors to take into consideration when selecting a mineral program that is appropriate for your operation:

  • Type of forages available and the season
  • Grains and by-products fed
  • Ca:P ratio
  • Salt level
  • Level of trace minerals
  • Additives
  • Bioavailability
  • Performance goals of the operation

Are all minerals created equal?

Absolutely not. Minerals can come in organic and inorganic forms. Organic minerals are more bioavailable than inorganic minerals. This means that the more bioavailable a mineral is, the lower concentration that is needed to meet the animal’s requirements.

How much does a good mineral program cost?

A mineral program could cost anywhere from $20-40 per head annually, but feed additives included in some mineral mixes (i.e. Rumensin, Bovatec, Amaferm, etc.) can add $15-20, annually.

Let’s say a good mineral program costs $30 per bag ($1,200 per ton). For some, that may seem expensive and some producers may be tempted to buy the cheapest mineral possible. Mathematically, however, purchasing the cheaper mineral program doesn’t always pay in the long run.

  • At a 4-ounce per day intake, the mineral only costs $.15 per day.
    • $1,200 per ton ÷ 2,000 pounds = $.60 per pound
    • $.60 per pound × .25 [4 ounces = .25 pounds] = $.15 per day
  • The cost per year would be $54.75.
    • $.15 per day × 365 = $54.75 per year
  • Let’s say the cows nutritional needs are not being met because she is consuming a “cheap” mineral source, and doesn’t conceive on her first time coming back in to heat.
    • Assume the price of a 600-pound feeder calf is worth $1.50 per pound
    • If a calf weighs 80 pounds at birth, it needs to gain 2.5 pounds per day to reach 600 pounds at weaning (205 days of age)
      • Remember that most operations wean all calves in one day
    • If a calf is born just one cycle (21 days) later, a producer is losing 53.3 pounds of weaning weight
      • 21 days × 2.5 pounds per day = 53.3 pounds
    • At $1.50 per pound, that is $79.95 per head you can miss out on or $25.20 MORE than the cost of a “good” mineral program for the entire year.
      • $1.50 per pound × 53.3 pounds = $79.95 LOST

The benefits of a good mineral program are research proven. There are numerous research articles available that support the case for providing cattle with a high quality, highly bioavailable mineral source. Some examples include:

  • Fieser et al., 2006
    • Documented an increase in performance of 0.27 lb. day over non-supplemented cattle.
  • Horn et al., 2002
    • Increased ADG of 0.16 (yr 1) and 0.26 (yr 2) lb. by steers given free-choice, non-medicated mineral compared to those with no supplement.
  • Stanton et al., 2000
    • Cows with high-level of inorganic trace minerals lost more weight than cows receiving organic trace minerals.
    • Calves from cows on the high organic trace minerals saw higher ADG from birth to September.
    • Pregnancy rate to AI was higher when cows were fed high levels of organic trace minerals.

What role does BioZyme’s proprietary prebiotic Amaferm® play in a good mineral program?

Amaferm is a natural feed additive used to improve the digestibility of feedstuffs and overall digestive health. Through increased feedstuff digestibility, more energy and microbial cell proteins are available to the animal for increased gain/body condition and feed efficiency to be achieved (Beck, 2012; Zerby et al., 2011; Caton et al., 1993). A healthy digestive system allows an animal to better utilize nutrients consumed, which translates into improved animal performance. Seventy percent of an animal’s immunity lies within its digestive system. Therefore, an animal with a healthy digestive system is more likely to perform to their genetic potential.

BioZyme Hires Twig Marston as Technical Sales Field Manager

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Twig Marston,Technical Sales Field Manager

BioZyme recently hired Twig Marston of St. Joseph, MO as Technical Sales Field Manager in the Supplement Division.

In this position, Marston is responsible for providing technical leadership to support sales, research and marketing teams working to support growth in the supplement business. He will provide technical expertise for assigned projects including communicating the value of BioZyme’s proprietary prebiotic Amaferm®, investigating and resolving problems, assisting with field sales and trade shows, and acting as the technical interface between the customer and the company.

“Twig brings many years of dedicated passion to the beef industry. BioZyme is committed to providing products and nutritional support to ensure that producers and their families have every opportunity for the next generation to stay in that great industry,” said Lisa Norton, BioZyme Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We challenge ourselves to provide products and nutritional support that results in performance that pays. I can’t think of a more qualified, passionate individual to ensure BioZyme delivers on that commitment.”

Marston has more than 30 years of experience in the beef industry, having previously served as CEO of the Red Angus Association of America in Denton, TX. He is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the American Society of Animal Scientists. He has served as Executive Director of the Beef Improvement Federation for the past eight years and as a Professional Animal Scientist since 1993.

He has a PhD in Animal Nutrition from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. in Agriculture and a M.S. in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Kansas State University.

“I have been active in the beef industry, focused on seed stock, commercial cow/calf and feed for many years,” Marston said. “I have also taught beef production-related classes at Kansas State University with my research emphasis mainly on cattle nutrition, reproduction, health, genetics and management. I am also a promoter of 4H and FFA youth programs. I am excited about putting my life-long passion and experience to work at BioZyme.”

BioZyme Hires Cliff Ocker as Northeast Business Manager of Dairy Division

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Cliff Ocker, Northeast Business Manager of Dairy Division

BioZyme recently hired Cliff Ocker of Chambersburg, PA as Northeast Business Manager in the Dairy Division.

In this position, Ocker will work to grow sales of BioZyme’s proprietary prebiotic Amaferm in the country’s Northeast region. He will also provide sales support to existing customers, as well as positioning of Amaferm to feed mills, nutritionists and dairy farmers.

“We are very pleased with the addition of Cliff Ocker as Northeast Business Manager.  This area has a lot of potential, so this was an extremely important position to fill. Cliff brings many years of experience in the area of field nutrition and certainly his experience prior to BioZyme has given him a tremendous understanding of natural feed additives,” said Howard Jensen, BioZyme Dairy Business Manager and veterinarian.

Ocker has 25 years of industry experience, having previously worked as Director of Operations and Client Relations for CVAS in Hagerstown, MD; Dairy Nutritionist for Pennfield Corporation in Lancaster, PA; Livestock Specialist for ADM in Camp Hill, PA; and Farm Consultant for Purina Mills in Camp Hill, PA.

He has an Associates Degree in Ag Business Management from Penn State University.


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

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

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

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

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

Producers can view creep feed rations using these products developed by BioZyme’s nutritionist team by visiting

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 or call 800-821-3070 to begin the process.

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

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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.

BioZyme Hires Trent Gabler as VitaFerm® Area Sales Manager

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Trent Gabler, VitaFerm Area Sales Manager

BioZyme has hired Trent Gabler of Madison, Wisconsin as a BioZyme Area Sales Manager for the supplement division.

In this position, Gabler is responsible for promoting sales of BioZyme products to livestock producers in  Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. BioZyme brand products include VitaFerm®, Concept∙Aid®, Sure Champ® and VitaCharge®.

“What excites me about working for BioZyme is the opportunity to work with the very talented and passionate team of professionals who have made this company the success it is today,” said Gabler. “I believe in the products, the people and what BioZyme can bring to the modern livestock producer.”

Prior to BioZyme, Gabler worked as a Livestock Nutritionist and Marketing Manager for Complete Feed Service in Sharon, Wisconsin, and as a Cattle East Team Sales Representative for Sedona Ag representing Elanco Animal Health in Dubuque, Iowa. He was also a Calf and Heifer Specialist for NRV Inc. in Ixonia, Wisconsin.

Gabler graduated from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls with a degree in Agriculture Marketing Communications  and a minor in Animal Science. He is a member of the American Angus Association, American Red Angus Association and Wisconsin Angus Association.

“Trent has the knowledge and passion for agriculture to help the current and future VitaFerm customers be successful and he will be a great asset to the BioZyme team,” said Mike Wadle, Director of National Sales – North.

BioZyme Builds Small-Package Manufacturing Line to Keep Up With Vita Charge® Product Demand

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BioZyme’s Small-Package Manufacturing Line

Due to the rapid growth of BioZyme’s Vita Charge® product line, the natural feed supplement manufacturer recently built a small-package manufacturing line at its St. Joseph, MO headquarters to keep up with customer demand.

BioZyme’s new manufacturing line gives the company greater flexibility, capacity and the ability to fill customer orders more quickly. Additionally, BioZyme hired a new employee to run the line.

“The Vita Charge line of products has experienced tremendous growth over the last four years,” said BioZyme Vice-President of Sales and Marketing Lisa Norton. “This exciting growth has pushed our current supplier’s limits when it comes to capacity and fast turnaround for orders. More than once, we have been in a four-week back order for the Vita Charge products. This, coupled with desired growth in our amazing Vitalize® equine and dog recovery paste products, as well as the ability to create new products, led us to this innovative decision.”

The Vita Charge line of products combines essential vitamins, organic trace minerals and BioZyme’s proprietary Amaferm® natural feed additive to improve appetites and performance of stressed animals during weaning, showing, breeding, vaccination and transportation. The Vita Charge product line includes a liquid supplement, bolus, gel capsule, paste, dispersible powder, drench and molasses-based tub.

For more information about the Vita Charge product line, click here.


BioZyme Hires Cody Jensen as Quality Control, Production Efficiency Coordinator


Cody Jensen, Quality Control and Production Efficiency Coordinator

BioZyme recently hired Cody Jensen of St. Joseph, MO as Quality Control and Production Efficiency Coordinator.

In his new position, Jensen is responsible for ensuring that quality parameters are met during product receiving, manufacturing and delivery. Additionally, he will work to maximize mill efficiency and throughout on a daily basis.

“Cody brings a great deal of experience in raising and showing animals to our production environment. We can better learn what is important to our customers in our finished product. Cody will be integrated into our production facility and provide direct quality control on all products made at the BioZyme plant,” said Chris Feiden, BioZyme Director of Supply Chain.

Jensen previously held a Plant Engineer internship position at Kent Nutrition Group in Altoona, Iowa, and an internship as Summer Manager at Nelson Poultry Farm, Inc. in Manhattan, Kansas.

He has an associate’s degree in Agriculture from Butler Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Feed Science from K-State. Jensen has served as Chairman of the National Junior Hereford Board and was a member of the Butler Community College Livestock Judging Team.