Cattle values are reaching all-time highs, but the cost of inputs have also paralleled. Producers make the initial financial commitment in their genetics, so it’s important to have every tool needed for long term success. The VitaFerm® and Gain Smart® lines of products are great investments in any cattle operation because they provide a precision prebiotic delivered by a high-quality mineral.
“Financial success in this business is predicated on performance and pounds. Therefore, this premium nutritional program ensures that the genetic potential of cattle can be maximized with better health and efficient means of production,” said Chris Cassady, Ph.D., BioZyme® Inc. Technical Beef Sales Field Manager. “One general misconception of these popular products is that they’re just formulated for mineral content and bioavailability relative to stage of production and nutritional requirements. Not only are these highly available minerals created to bridge the nutritional gap for any feeding and grazing situations, but more importantly, they contain our precision prebiotic Amaferm®. With current prices, Amaferm provides a unique opportunity for producers to get the most out of their expensive feed resources and cheapen their cost of gain and production.”
Amaferm is a prebiotic designed to enhance digestibility by amplifying the nutrient supply for maximum performance. It is research-proven to increase intake, digestion and absorption. Amaferm is derived from a proprietary, multi-step fermentation process from a patented strain of Aspergilus oryzae. It stimulates fungal branching, enzymatic activity and bacterial growth in the rumen. These stimulated microbes work synergistically to further break down feed ingredients, independent of diet composition and type. This breakdown leads to improvements in digestibility of NDF and CP by 17 and 10 percent, respectively. The stimulation of bacteria is economically relevant because more bacteria growing means more fermentative capacity and microbial protein synthesis. Research proves that cattle fed Amaferm produce 16% more volatile fatty acids and 143 more grams of microbial protein each day. When coupled with a 30% improvement of small intestinal absorption, that’s enough energy and protein equivalent to a pound of supplemented corn and soybean meal available for the cow or stocker.
“More energy and protein unlocked from within means more performance, better body condition scores on your cows and more live calves, leading to more profit. VitaFerm and Gain Smart mineral products provide the premium nutrition producers need to make the most out of expensive feeds and forages and capitalize on the genetics of their operation,” Cassady said.
Because it is important to offer more than just a mineral to every beef animal in production, BioZyme has added Amaferm to its multitude of products in the VitaFerm and Gain Smart lines, including VitaFerm Concept•Aid®, VitaFerm Conserve® and Gain Smart.
VitaFerm Concept•Aid is a line of vitamin and mineral supplements for beef cattle formulated to promote effective, easy breeding when fed 60 days pre-calving through 60 days post-breeding. High concentrations of vitamin E and organic trace minerals, coupled with the Amaferm advantage, supports quick repair of the reproductive tract and more energy for reproductive success. Additionally, increased nutrient absorption and digestion leads to healthier and heavier calves.
VitaFerm Conserve is an economical line of vitamin and mineral supplements for beef cattle that supports the health and condition of the whole herd that includes the Amaferm advantage to optimize nutrient digestion and absorption while the vitamin and mineral pack preserves cattle performance. With multiple options in the VitaFerm Conserve line, these products help producers conserve mineral costs and resources while still delivering adequate nutrition and the benefits of Amaferm.
Gain Smart helps produce healthy, efficient pounds. It is a line of beef cattle supplements with vitamins, minerals and the Amaferm advantage that promotes economically produced pounds by maximizing the natural energy and protein available in forage, small grains or a ration, depending on the formula fed.
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