Manure: How your Inputs could Save you on Your Outputs

Third in a Series based on 1980s Ads Featuring BioZyme® Founder

Manure happens. It’s the final phase of the digestive process, and according to the third in a series of 1980 VitaFerm® advertisements, “It’s not much fun to step in. But it can tell you plenty.”  

As cattle producers and feeders, you probably think long and hard about what goes into the front end of your animals. However, how often do you think about their waste? 

“Careful analysis of your cattle’s manure can tell you how they use… or don’t use… what they eat. Undigested protein, fiber, sugar and starch are nothing but a waste of money. Your money.”  

Input costs are still a concern today, just as they were four decades ago. One way you can make sure you don’t waste your money is to include AO-Biotics® Amaferm®, a prebiotic research-proven to enhance digestibility, in your animal’s diet.  

“What we formulate on paper is just step one in a nutritional program. The analysis on a feed tag is no more than a surefire concentration of the nutrients within a product. It’s up to producers to make sure it’s delivered and consumed appropriately. Finally, whatever the animal consumes needs to be appropriately digested, absorbed and utilized to be profitable for your bottom line. Obviously, Amaferm plays a key role in every step of a premium nutritional program,” said Chris Cassady, Ph.D., BioZyme® Inc. Beef Technical Sales Manager.  

Cattle producers can include Amaferm in their herds’ diets several ways. BioZyme, the makers of Amaferm, also manufacture several high-quality lines of supplements that include the proprietary prebiotic. For the cow-calf producer, VitaFerm® is a line of nutritional supplements for beef cattle that maximize energy and forage utilization for successful production. Gain Smart® is a line of vitamin and mineral supplements for stocker cattle that promotes healthy, economical pounds by maximizing the energy and protein available in the diet. Amaferm can also be purchased in pellet or granular form and added to your own TMR. 

“If feed digestibility isn’t maximized, it not only limits an animal’s genetic potential, but it increases feed costs per digestible nutrient. When feed prices are elevated, improvements in feed utilization provide the greatest ROI,” Cassady said. 

Although cattle types and kinds might have changed over the last 40 years, some things surely haven’t. According to this advertisement with BioZyme founder Larry Ehlert’s hand on the tailbone of a cow, “Animals exposed to the daily stressors of heat, cold, disease, shipping, handling, flies, etc., don’t perform as efficiently as they are capable of performing. Amaferm helps provide optimum rumen fermentation, even under stress.” 

It’s time to start paying attention to the other end of your cow. Is she defecating away feed and your hard-earned dollars? Or is she maximizing her digestibility with a prebiotic like Amaferm? A little investment in Amaferm will help you save in the long term. Make sure you know what you are putting into your cattle is getting used efficiently. You don’t want to see it coming out the other end. 

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