What You Should Know: Three Things Buyers Consider

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Information is power. In today’s world, more information is available than ever before on about any topic you have an interest in. For cattle buyers looking to fill their feedlots and backgrounding yards, three pieces of information are essential when it comes time to buy calves: vaccination history, genetic makeup and the nutrition program history. […]

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How to Put More Pounds on Calves

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Changing just one management decision can increase gain, and gain increases profitability. Just ask Ray Fussell. The Tennessee Ridge, Tenn., stockman has been buying stocker calves and backgrounding them for 20-plus years. And after he shipped his 2017 calves, his cattle buyer suggested he look into changing his mineral program. So he did just that. […]

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How Stocker Operators Can Alleviate Heat Stress

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Summer heat takes its toll on your entire herd, with a decrease in performance, the potential for increased sickness and economic losses. But for stocker calves, in their prime growth period, the added stress from heat can magnify those challenges even more so. The degree of heat stress is typically measured by a temperature-humidity index […]

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How to Reduce Risk with a 3-Step Nutrition Program

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Anytime a backgrounder gathers up mixed calves from different farms of origin and puts them together, they are taking a risk. But, with a high-quality nutrition program in place, the risk can be minimized. That is what Kerry Vogt, Newton, Kan., discovered, as he backgrounds nearly 3,000 stockers each year. Vogt, who was talking to […]

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Gain Smart Line Grows Calves Naturally and Efficiently

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“Care that comes full circle” is more than just a company slogan for BioZyme® Inc. It is the principle that the company bases its product development and marketing decisions on daily. Will a new product provide the care that the animal needs? Will the animal stay healthy and continue to grow for the producer if […]

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Gain Smart Program for Weaned Calves

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It’s weaning time. Whether you are retaining your own stocker calves or getting them in from other producers, it is important to have a plan to grow those calves in a healthy, efficient manner. The Gain Smart® Stocker Program is one program dedicated to growing cattle in three easy steps. The Gain Smart Program is built around Amaferm®, a natural prebiotic designed […]

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BioZyme Introduces HEAT into VitaFerm Gain Smart Line

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BioZyme® Inc. is excited to introduce VitaFerm® Gain Smart® Stocker HEAT®, available April 1. The new product combines essential ingredients from the popular HEAT mineral with Gain Smart Stocker, providing a nutritional supplement for yearling stockers that will naturally help regulate internal temperature and combat flies. “We felt like this combination was a fairly logical […]

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Gain Smart is Faster Way to Achieve Gain

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Beef producers understand the need to maximize efficiency. That is why BioZyme Inc. developed the VitaFerm Gain Smart mineral line for stockers and backgrounders. Gain Smart mineral is designed to balance basic nutrient needs for maximum efficiency and contains Amaferm®, a natural prebiotic designed to maximize the nutritional value of feed. Amaferm is research-proven to […]

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It’s Shipping Time: Keep Calves Healthy During the Transition

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  Shipping cattle causes shrink, appetite loss and often sickness. Taking precautionary steps both prior to shipping and on arrival, can help keep shrink at a minimum while keeping calves healthier and gaining. Generally, cattle will shrink 1% of their body weight per hour for the first few hours they are off feed and water, […]

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