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The scoop on VFD

As the January 1, 2017 deadline for the implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) nears, veterinarians, producers and feed mills begin the transition to new compliance rules. Good news for ShowBloom customers, the all-natural supplement can still be fed to all species with no additional documentation needed.   In short, VFD will help regulate that all medications in feed and those that are water-soluble will require producers and feeder to have a signed form by a veterinarian familiar with their operation. Producers will work with their veterinarian to complete the form which includes: the producer’s name and address, the …

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Tips for Scholarship Success

School is right around the corner, which can only mean one thing…so are scholarship deadlines! Youth growing up in agriculture are lucky to have numerous opportunities to earn scholarships though breed associations, livestock shows, FFA, 4-H and many more. Free money is something everyone can get excited about; however, scholarship applications can feel a little overwhelming from time to time. At ShowBloom, we understand the importance of scholarships and awarding youth for their achievements. This year ShowBloom was able to award scholarships to some exceptional youth and feel there is no better investment. Recently, we sat down with some scholarship experts …

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Gut Health

By Dr. Angela Mays, PhD I recently attended a conference focused on gut health in production animals. Gut health is something the average person spends little time thinking about or considering, but as an animal scientist, specifically one working with brewer’s yeast and ruminants, this is an area of great interest for me. If the animal’s “gut” is not healthy, the animal is not at peak health nor is its feed-to-gain ratio as efficient as it could be. The word “gut” is a general term often used to describe an animal’s digestive system. In ruminants such as cattle, sheep and goats, …

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Valuable Minerals In Brewer’s Yeast

By Dr. Angela Mays, PhD Similar to the vitamins already discussed in Show & Tell’s Brewer’s Yeast series, brewer’s yeast is also a natural source of minerals. Unlike vitamins, which are considered organic in that they are made by plants and animals, minerals are considered inorganic. Minerals are also separated into two categories; macro and trace. Macrominerals are needed in larger amounts versus trace minerals, which are only required in small amounts. Brewer’s yeast is a source of calcium, phosphorus and potassium, all of which are considered macrominerals. Trace minerals found in Emmert’s brewer’s yeast include copper, zinc and selenium. …

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EIEIO: Christmas Break Learning

By Dr. Angela Mays, PhD Looking to keep your kids busy over the Christmas break? This month’s EIEIO features kid-friendly agriculture and animal-related links that can help! Animal Smart is brought to you by the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) that was featured in last month’s EIEIO post. This program was put together by people passionate about agriculture, hoping to educate and enlighten future generations. The ASAS also developed an animal education magazine and program that focuses on children; the Junior Animal Scientist. The program is great for children ages 5-12 who are interested in learning about a variety …

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The Importance Of B Vitamins

By Dr. Angela Mays, PhD Brewer’s yeast is a natural source of high-quality protein, minerals and vitamins, specifically the B vitamins. As a natural source of B vitamins, brewer’s yeast is often supplemented in human and animal diets. Since The F.L. Emmert Company uses brewer’s yeast in all of our products, B vitamins are naturally available to all livestock and pets consuming them. What’s so important about B vitamins? B vitamins are important in cell metabolism, such as the breakdown of carbohydrates. They provide the body with energy from the food that was eaten. By breaking down carbohydrates into glucose, …

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EIEIO: Societies and Organizations

By Dr. Angela Mays, PhD Randomly our EIEIO posts will focus on academic, industry, and scientific societies and organizations. The memberships of these organizations usually consist of college students and professors, veterinarians, industry personnel, research scientists and anyone else interested in research and science focusing on agriculture. Whether you are interested in all species of animals or only horses or fish, there is a society or organization that will fit your interests. Most societies publish research articles in their own journals that are accessible through membership or open access online. Other benefits organizations might offer could include email newsletters, updates …

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Vitamins in Brewer’s Yeast

By Dr. Angela Mays, PhD As the previous post in the Brewer’s Yeast Series mentioned, brewer’s yeast is a natural source of vitamins. More specifically it contains vitamins A, D, E and the B vitamins. Vitamins are essential in the diet and ensure the body functions properly and in a healthy way. Vitamins are separated into two categories: fat soluble and water soluble. Vitamins A, D, E and K are considered fat soluble, while the B vitamins are considered water soluble. The B vitamins will be discussed more in a future post, while this post will focus more on the …

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A Broad Look At Brewer’s Yeast

By Dr. Angela Mays, PhD At Emmert, brewer’s yeast is the foundation of who we are and what we do. Our company has been involved in the manufacturing and further processing of co-products from the beer industry for more than a century. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a single cell organism used in the fermentation process of brewing beer. Our source of brewer’s yeast has undergone a food-grade fermentation process before delivery by the brewery. The final product arrives at our facility as a combination of live liquid yeast and fermentation solubles. During the fermentation process, brewer’s yeast absorbs nutrients and minerals, …

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EIEIO For Kids

By Dr. Angela Mays As school kicks off, what better time to start learning! These links are especially for children interested in learning. Animals, plants, space, and robots; these links are full of educational fun. With quizzes, lessons, and games, there are a variety of ways to interact and learn on these websites. The purpose of these links is to provide children with a safe place to read, learn, and play online. Age categories and categories of interest help users identify sections that may interest them. These links are great for parents, teachers or children. Science Kids: Fun Science & …

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