BioZyme Inc., leaders in natural nutritional supplements for livestock, has been named the exclusive nutrition company of Superior Livestock Auction's new value-added nutrition programs—VitaFerm Raised and Gain Smart.

"Until now, through Superior and its value-added programs, all the information was available to cattle producers in terms of vaccination programs and potentially what genetics these cattle were out of, but one of the things that we had been missing historically is what type of nutrition these cattle were on. So, we at BioZyme and the folks at Superior Livestock Auction have decided to bring this to the forefront to provide this information not only to the buyers, but also to the general public to help educate them on the importance of nutrition in these cattle," said Alan Lee, BioZyme Director of Sales (South).

Good nutrition has come to the forefront as one of the keys to healthy, profitable cattle, according to Jason Barber, Manager—Superior Livestock Auction Purebred Division, who added offering a value-added program focused on cattle nutrition just made sense.  

"Superior has been a pioneer in the value-added industry from our vaccination programs to Superior Verified to NHTC to Superior Progress genetics. All these programs create more value to the customers who sell their calves with us,” said Barber. "We really feel like the Gain Smart and the VitaFerm Raised programs were the next programs in line for our value-added family. Superior has done business with BioZyme for several years. They are a great company, have a great staff and are growing at an incredible rate. So, we feel this is a partnership that is going to work and is going to be long-term."

BioZyme's natural supplements, including VitaFerm and Gain Smart brand products, are specifically formulated to promote proper rumen fermentation and gut health through its proprietary prebiotic, Amaferm, along with a balanced nutritional profile of minerals, proteinated trace minerals and vitamins.

Eligibility qualifications for new nutrition programs

To qualify for the VitaFerm Raised program, calves must have been raised on a VitaFerm-fed dam or fed VitaFerm brand products through pre-conditioning for a minimum of 45 days prior to marketing through delivery. VitaFerm products are formulated specifically for the cow-calf segment and have been research-proven to maximize energy and forage utilization for on-target efficient nutrition, boost conception, minimize heat stress, get calves to the bunk sooner and maximize weaning weight.

"Prior to using VitaFerm products, we really didn't have a mineral program and bounced around between name-brand generics, but never really saw the advantages we were desiring to see," said John McCurry of McCurry Angus Ranch in Burrton, Kans. "When we switched to VitaFerm, it was a three- to six-month grace period and nearly immediately we saw not only an improvement in body conditioning score, but also overall herd health. In one herd, we cut our opens in half on a percentage basis."

To qualify for the Gain Smart program and qualifying emblem, calves must have been fed a Gain Smart mineral for a minimum of 45 days through backgrounding or a grower yard situation prior to marketing through delivery. Gain Smart is one of the newest BioZyme brands designed specifically for the stocker and yearling segment of the industry. The Gain Smart loose minerals, drenches and tubs make the most of the cheapest feed available to any stocker, accelerate gain by stimulating the calf's rumen to function at top efficiency, improve health by reducing the impact of stress, and pay a 3 to 1 return through more gain and better health.

"With the amount of input costs we incur in today's market to produce a good quality product; it's ever-so important that the nutrition of these cattle are at the highest level," said Lee. "Whether we are talking about the effectiveness of your vaccination program or how much it costs to produce the forage for these cattle to consume, it is very important for these cattle to be nutritionally sound for every other product and input cost that you are incurring to work at its maximum level."  

For more information about either value-added program, visit www.biozymeinc.com.