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 increase intake, stimulate digestion and increase nutrient absorption for optimum gain.
Three mineral options are available in the Gain Smart line: Gain Smart Stocker, Gain Smart Wheat and Gain Smart Balancer RU 1600. All three minerals contain chelated copper and zinc and an extensive suite of vitamins including A, D and E. They will promote calf health and vigor, stimulate digestion and increase nutrient uptake to maximize gain, support hoof health and immunity, accurately supplement those minerals lacking in the pasture or mixed rations and rectify mineral imbalances.
Gain Smart Stocker is designed for those who are feeding a medium to high forage diet and works well for both cool-season and warm-season grasses. It can be fed from spring through the fall, and on calves up to 1,000 pounds. It is the most versatile of the three and can be fed in multiple places under multiple conditions. Research has shown it can increase gains by 0.2 pound per day, depending on forage availability and quality. New this spring, Gain Smart Stocker is also available in a formula with HEAT® to help minimize heat stress on calves through the hot, humid summer months by naturally regulating internal body temperature and helping with fly control.
Gain Smart Wheat is formulated for a higher-quality forage diet rich in protein and nitrogen such as wheat, small grains and legumes. It has a different calcium to phosphorus ratio than the Stocker Mineral, since it is being fed to cattle on higher quality forages. It includes extra magnesium to help balance the nutrients in the diets and should be fed in spring and early summer.
Gain Smart Balancer RU1600 is designed for those calves that are being backgrounded or fed in a dry lot situation and fed a mixed-grain ration. The Balancer compliments the co-products like distiller’s grain and cereal by-products and works well with fermented feed like silage. Unlike the first two minerals it contains no phosphorus but does have higher levels of calcium. The Balancer includes Rumensin for increased feed efficiency and can be fed to bigger calves, including cattle on full feed finishing diets when fed at 6 ounces.
All three Gain Smart Mineral options will help your calves stay healthier, gain faster and put money in your pocket sooner.