Dealer Spotlight: Hale Feeds LLC

Hale Feeds LLC Keeps Moving Forward

“Keep moving forward.” That’s the advice that young, progressive BioZyme® dealer Tee Hale offers his contemporaries and other new dealers. “We have great products; you’re never going to lose by trying to push forward. Dive in head-first and try for the best. You’re never going to make it if you don’t try.”

Tee, along with his parents Jim and Teresa Hale, and his brother Tye own Hale Feeds LLC at Union Center, South Dakota. Tee manages the daily operations of the dealership along with the feed sales from the on-ranch “feed shed” while running about 300 momma cows with his parents. His brother lives nearby and works for a neighboring cow-calf operation.

Because he uses so much of the product himself and understands the benefits of Amaferm®, Tee said it is simple for him to sell the products to others. He can share the advantages of a high-quality program for both cattle and horses.

“I take the approach about cost, per head, per day. What are we going to put in this cow this day? What is it going to cost me? There is the opinion out there that VitaFerm® is a little costly, but it is a premium mineral, and that is what people need to understand. You’ve got your Amaferm in it, that’s a big selling point right there,” he said. “I had bought a set of 60 bred heifers last spring that I turned out on Concept•Aid® right away; and put on HEAT® through the summer. In the fall I had one open out of those 60 head. Right there I can tell that story and it gets people’s attention. For about 15 cents a day, you can feed this product and it works.”

Tee said he is excited about the new products that BioZyme is introducing; he has already begun selling the VitaFerm Concept•Aid 5/S HEAT. He said the VitaFerm HEAT is popular in his area of northwest South Dakota, as it is a cost-efficient and effective product for producers.

When Tee isn’t ranching or selling livestock feed and supplements, he likes to rodeo. He said he’s seen remarkable results with the Vitalize® products on his horses. The results he’s seen with the Amaferm advantage in his horses, has helped him promote those advantages to cattle producers too.

“There is a lot of competition in the area, and it’s all in the same price, but this one has more to it. I can feed my horse something, and I know if it works on their guts, it is going to work on a cow’s gut. And I see a huge difference in my horses,” Tee said.

Phone conversations are the most effective communication method for Tee to share his business with others. He spends parts of each day driving between his ranch and his parents’ where he has time to talk on the phone. And even though South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem never formally “shutdown” the state due to COVID-19, Tee said he likely wouldn’t have left the ranch much in March and April due to calving season. Brandings in May were really the first times people gathered, and even then, they respected one another’s space, but they don’t stress about social distancing, according to Tee.

Life will move forward as usual, and Hale Feeds LLC will have new products to market with the Amaferm advantage.

Turn Up the HEAT with New HEAT Products for Summer

Don’t let summer heat get your customers’ animals down. Remember to promote and stock up on the HEAT® products including the two newest, VitaFerm® Concept•Aid® 5/S HEAT® and DuraFerm® Sheep Concept•Aid® HEAT®, to make sure to get females bred and keep them bred.

VitaFerm Concept•Aid HEAT and DuraFerm Sheep Concept•Aid HEAT were designed to keep cattle and sheep reproductively sound during the heat of summer. Both Concept•Aid formulas are highly fortified, free-choice vitamin and mineral supplements designed to help prevent heat stress during temperatures of 70 degrees or hotter. Get your cows, heifers and ewes bred and keep them bred!

In addition to these new Concept•Aid HEAT formulas specifically designed for breeding the HEAT line-up includes several other products used for anytime temperatures reach above 70 degrees or when grazing cattle on fescue.

A complete list of HEAT products includes:

Changes Happening in July 2020

NEW PRODUCTS

  • The VitaFerm® Conserve™ mineral line is now available! We worked hard during the stay at home order to come up with a line to help producers during these tough times. One ASM said it best, “Producers know that VitaFerm Concept•Aid® is the best and produces the most reliable results for their herd; however, in tough times they have to make tough decisions and sometimes that means sacrificing those reliable results for economics.” VitaFerm didn’t really offer a well marketed option and what we know is that Amaferm® must be present in the herd in good times or in tough times. If the producer can afford to invest in the best, VitaFerm Concept•Aid is it. If tough times make that impossible, VitaFerm Conserve will fit the bill until times allow for the investment in the best herd results in the USA.

    VitaFerm Conserve is an economical line of vitamin and mineral supplements for beef cattle that supports the health and condition of the whole herd. It includes the Amaferm® advantage to optimize nutrient digestion and absorption while the vitamin and mineral pack preserves cattle performance. Available formulas include:
  • VitaFerm® Conserve™ Line:
    • VitaFerm® Conserve™ Garlic
    • VitaFerm® Conserve™ CTC 3G
    • VitaFerm® Conserve™ Mag
    • VitaFerm® Conserve™ Protein Tub
    • VitaFerm® Conserve™

VitaFerm Conserve will ship in the new poly bag.

SHIPPING UPDATES

  • Published Pallet rates are no longer available via the Terms and Conditions document. In lieu of published rates we have built and launched a new app called LTL Freight Calculator. Estimated shipping rates for LTL shipments can be calculated via the BioZyme Dealer Center and the LTL Freight Calculator.
    Visit https://dealers.backofficeapps.com/freight/calculator/new

    NOTE: This tool and its results are for estimation purposes only. BioZyme, Inc makes no guarantees that these rates will be accurate when a shipment is rated and booked.

PRODUCT UPDATES

  • Vitalize® High Performance and Vitalize® Protein Pellets are no longer bagged with a scoop as the poly bag machine upgrade does not allow for it.
  • In response to customer requests for a more durable and weather resistant bag, we are beginning to switch our bagged products from multi-wall, paper to Biaxially Oriented Poly Propylene bags. Vitalize Digest More Plus 40 lb., Vitalize Protein Pellet and Vitalize High Performance, DuraFerm products, and some VitaFerm Concept•Aid Mineral products have begun shipping in the new bags. In July, VitaFerm® HEAT® and the Gain Smart® line will begin shipping in the new bags. The remaining products will transition over the next 6 months.

INGREDIENT UPDATES

  • The impacts of coronavirus are being felt in the supply chain. The effect is most noticeable for vitamins, which have increased dramatically because of tight global supply. We are working diligently to mitigate the effects of the shortage to our products and minimize price increases.
  • Due to reduced fuel demand the ethanol industry has seen significant supply chain challenges. As a result of quality and supply issues we have changed to a new DDGS supplier with a more consistent product. This has resulted in a lighter bulk density and smaller particle size that is noticeable in some of our products.

EMPLOYEE CHANGES

• Joseph Liebel has joined BioZyme as a Picker.

• Taylor Ware has joined BioZyme for the summer as our Marketing & PR Intern.

• Sean Nurski will be joining BioZyme on July 6 as a Picker.