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SweetPro

Since we started using Sweet Pro our cows have held their condition through the winter. We have also improved in our weaning weight 20-30 pounds. We also use Sweet Pro Products with our 45 head of camp horses and have been very impressed with the improvement in being able to maintain a good condition; especially with our older horses.

- Jonathan Deford
Trails End Ranch Ekalaka, MT

We can certainly attest to herd health benefits of our products to reduce the need for antibiotics.  We sent 360 calves raised on SweetPro, whose mothers were also raised on SweetPro (and at this point probably generations past that with 10 yrs of feeding SweetPro), and so far, the feedlot has had to doctor only 2 calves with antibiotics, and those two only required one dose each.

- Reno & Gwen Shepperson
Buffalo Creek Ranch, Arminto, WY

Hands down one of the best investments we make every year is using Sweet Pro Mineral. Being a low input ranch in north central Wyoming feeding little to no hay, our cattle make our living by being able to productively graze year around off of diverse forages. Sweet Pro mineral helps by not only maximize the nutritional value of those forages but also maximizing our cows profitability by increasing their overall health, their calves health, & unborn calves health. Added benefits we have seen is the lack of sickness during calving season (scours, pneumonia), also the ability for the cows to naturally synchronize their breeding cycles together helping us go from a 90 day calving period to a 60 day calving period. This has been one of the easiest ways for us to help return more to our bottom line, by helping keep our cattle healthier, we get females in full production for 3-4 more years, more live calves come shipping time.

- Adam & Rolly Redland
Redland Red Bank Angus - Ten Sleep, WY

SweetPro has had a significant impact w/ our 2 yr old calving heifers in the corral.  Our hay consumption rate is way down–we used to feed 4, 1700 lb bales/day to 200 heifers, whereas now our consumption is down to 2.75 bales, with under 1lb of SweetPro FiberMate 20 consumption per day.   With today’s hay prices, every bit sure helps!  Our heifers have more milk, are stronger calvers and our calf scour death loss has dropped to almost zero.   We rarely have a cow that does not clean within 24hrs of calving.  Calves learn to eat SweetPro right alongside their mothers in the pastures, and even our neighbors have noted how much thicker and beefier our calves are now, even before green grass.
SweetPro has provided us with more piece of mind and herd health than any other supplement we’ve fed previously.

- Reno Shepperson
KS Ranch - Arminto, WY

We wintered our cows and coming first calf heifers on FiberMate 20, Redmond salt, and long stem hay.  This spring, we were pleased with the healthy and vigorous calves.  We like the value of the balanced minerals and protein provided by the FiberMate 20.

- Brent McRae
2015 MT Angus Association President - Big Dry Angus Ranch Jordan, MT
SweetPro Bruiser

SweetPro Bruiser

We went from the worst year ever, to the best year we’d ever had.  With the heat and dryness, we just couldn’t get the cows to cycle.  We went from conception rates of 65-70% to 97% bred in a single year.  The only thing we changed in our program was adding SweetPro blocks.

It really helps them utilize their feed.  Instead of 25 pounds of grain, we are seeing the same results with only 10 pounds per bull.   We don’t want them big, but want to see them fit and well-muscled. By looking at bull’s manure, we can tell if they are eating SweetPro or not by how well the grain is broken down – particularly with corn, they just seem to be able to utilize it better.

We truly believe that using SweetPro products has been a key factor in making our bulls reach their maximum potential.  We use SweetPro 16s every day on the ranch and Fresh Start every day on the road.

- H.D. and Dillon Page
Multi-year PBR Stock Contractor Year and owner of the bucking bull brothers brothers SweetPro’s Long John (2015 World Champion Bull) and Bruiser (2015 ABBI Classic Champion) Dickson, OK

We expect a cow to go out there and make a living.  We don’t feed a whole lot of hay unless we get deep snow where they can’t get to the grass.   I’m calving a bunch of three year olds at my place right now and they haven’t had any hay all winter.  We had a lot of snow in December but it blew off some on the ridges and those three year old are in excellent condition.

In the winter time we are supplementing the cow.  She’s going to get enough energy out of the grass but she can’t get enough protein.  The SweetPro is different than the other supplements we’ve tried over the years in that you are feeding the microbes in the rumen.  If you are feeding the microbes correctly, she will digest the roughage and utilize it.

Heifers on SweetPro grazing winter grass

Heifers on SweetPro grazing winter grass

Breed back had been good, really good.  We feed supplement to our yearling heifers, actually starting before they are weaned.  They will stay on it, year round, until after they calve as three year olds- the toughest year of their lives.  They are facing a lot of physical demands as they are still growing, feeding their first calf, and we are asking them to also re-breed.  Last year he reported 99% bred on the three year olds with only one open cow, and believes their feeding program deserves some of the credit.

I’m not saying it will for everybody, but it’s worked very well for our operation.  There are a lot of folks who graze off all their grass during the summer and feed hay all winter.  We just think that’s too expensive.

SweetPro is not the magic bullet, it’s a management tool that you have to use in conjunction with a lot of other things you are doing, but we wouldn’t be using it if it didn’t work well for us.

- Don Herzog
Rapelje, MT

Stuckey cows SweetProWe had been feeding molasses barrels to our calved heifers this spring and were doctoring calves for scours. We then switched to the SweetPro 16 and have not had to doctor any calves for scours.

- Stuckey Farms
Manderson, WY

I can’t say enough good things about this stuff (SweetPro) in the 10 years I’ve been working on this ranch we have used pellets, cake, tubs and nothing has worked as good as this SweetPro

- Buck Woosley
Crazy Mountain Ranch - Clyde Park, MT

Thought you  would be interested in hearing the comments that I have gotten from the people that have bought my beef. Several of them have re-ordered from me again and have stated that they think that the meat is even better this year than last year… The only thing that we can think of is the use of the fresh start supplements.

Feed back also on IGR tubs… people saying that their fly control is the “best it has ever been”.

- Troy Gibson
Scranton, IA

We were nothing less than impressed with the results of our replacement heifers
last winter on the SweetPro blocks.  With only grass hay, KafKandi blocks, and Redmond salt, the heifers came into spring
in perfect condition – cycling like crazy.  Health throughout the winter was excellent and their performance was
right on target.  We actually witnessed a reduction in the consumption of hay which significantly reduced our input
costs.  I think that the chelated minerals and the digestive aids which help the animals utilize lower quality
forages are very beneficial.  Feeding the tubs every ten days is very convenient and they are also very easy to
handle.  Having access to the product that has all of these benefits is very exciting in today’s world of
agriculture.

At this point, I’m very comfortable recommending the SweetPro and Redmond salt combination.  It sure has done the job for us.

- Klint Swanson
Shipwheel Cattle Company Chinook, MT

Wes and Earl Jensen from Circle, MT did a trial with their first calf heifers. After breeding Wes reported, “85% of the first calf heifers bred on the first cycle and with a total of 97% conception rate. The average weaning weight of the heifers’ calves equaled that of the mature cows. We believe that retention of the first calf heifers is critical in our profit cycle.”

- Wes Jensen
Circle, MT

As the leader in Feed Efficiency, it only makes sense that we us a product, SweetPro, that is also known as a leader in the industry in Feed Efficiency

- Jim Jensen
2016 U.S. Industry Livestock Leader of the Year - Lucky 7 Angus Boulder, WY

Just thought I would drop you an email and let you know some of our results over the course of the winter.  We fed the backgrounder tubs to about 1250 head of yearlings, and Redmond salt and conditioner to the other 1250 head of yearling on our place. On a bad year we suffer from about 120 cases of coccidiosis in our yearlings. This year we only doctored one (and we are not even sure if he was actually sick with it or not). Although we still had some foot rot out of one truckload of cattle that came in our sickness was next to nothing this year, which was good considering how bad of a winter we had. The product really works. Thanks.

Just a little side note here about the gains we have had with our yearlings on SweetPro and Redmond products. Over the last week we have sold about 600 head of yearlings in two bunches. They were started out on the backgrounder tub and then switched to FiberMate 18’s part way through the summer. They ate about .75 lbs per day of the tubs and were space fed as well. We had Redmond salt on the side and they were just on summer rangeland and we still gained 2.99lbs on one bunch and 3.02 lbs per day on the other. These particular cattle didn’t have fly control and no growth hormones either.

- Brett Phipps
Phipps Ranch - Whitman, NE

For the past three years, we have been developing our replacement heifers and supplementing  our cows post calving on SweetPro tubs and Redmond salt with great success.   In addition to the hay savings we have experienced, the general health and fertility has also seemed to improve.  I am a real believer in the benefits of the added enzymes and probiotics contained in the SweetPro tubs.

- Jason Harrison
Harrison Angus Ranch (High-selling bull, 2012 & 2013 Midland Bull Test) Boyd, MT

Our heifers have been a very interesting study in fetal programming.  We have 67 heifers that were born here from mother cows that were on SweetPro for their entire breeding and gestation period.  We have 20 heifers that are from our other ranch that’s Reno’s brother runs, and those heifers’ mothers were only on SweetPro during the harsh winter months in the last trimester of gestation.  Out of our current total of 29 calved out heifers, only THREE are from the other ranch’s bunch, the remaining 26 that have calved are from our bunch here, (the remaining herd of heifers from the other place is being calved out by my niece/nephew, and they have 11) meaning, our heifers bred up on the first cycle at a rate that is over twice as fast than the other ranch’s heifers.  Its a good comparison b/c the mother cow and bull genetics are the same in both herds, and the heifers from both places were all consolidated as yearlings into one pasture for breeding last season, so they all grazed the same range, serviced by the same bulls. Conception rate for our group of heifers was significantly higher at preg testing as well.

- Reno & Gwen Shepperson
KS Ranch - Arminto, WY

My brother Ryan and I had attended a Ranching for Profit school and we adapted pieces of their philosophy of minimal winter feeding for what we needed on our ranch. We had increased the size of our operation and needed to be able to do more with less work.  In order to minimize both the time and cost expense of feeding hay, we stock pile enough forage during the year to be able to utilize a winter grazing program and once every 10 days they put out enough SweetPro supplement calculated to last the herd until the next deliver.  I’m not saying we never feed hay.  We do when the snow gets too deep, but I’d rather be doing something else than feeding $150/ton hay all day every day.

Feed efficiency for us was a good selling point.  Range conditions can make feed efficiency hard to quantify but we did our own field trial, and put the SweetPro up against what we were using at the time.  At the end of the season, we liked what we were seeing with SweetPro

- Courtney Herzog
Rapelje, MT

Last fall we fence-line weaned 285 calves on our hay meadows and SweetPro’s KafKandi.  They immediately took to the Kaf Kandi and consumption was right where it was supposed to be.  The calves seemed to hold good body condition, and health was excellent with having to treat just one in 60 days.  As with anything new, we were a bit skeptical of weaning the calves on the tubs for the first time.  We were very impressed with the results and really appreciate the convenience of the tubs.

- Klint Swanson
Shipwheel Cattle Co - Chinook, MT

Agri-Best Feeds has a great line of products that help the cattleman achieve more on less input and unbeatable customer service to top it off

- Steve Williams
Midland Bull Test Columbus, MT

My calves (weaned onto the Kaf Kandi blocks) finished 32 days sooner and weighed 30lbs more than
my 10 year average I think it is the blocks.

- Dennis Dale
Kearney, NE

Preg tested our yearling heifers today–we had only put the bulls in for 28 days, so we expected a lot of opens. Not so much–197/230 to calve in 28 days–gonna be a BUSY March in the calving barn!

We use SweetPro year round on all our cattle, and will never use anything else, its improved so many things about our herd, molasses barrels just don’t even compare.

- Reno & Gwen Shepperson
KS Ranch - Arminto, WY
Asteroid with Chad Berger

Asteroid with Chad Berger

I can really tell the difference on the performance and condition of my bulls since I’ve been using SweetPro. What I really like about it is that it really keeps my bulls healthy.  They really muscle up on it, it keeps them fresh and their stomachs working well. My bulls travel better since they have been on the supplement.

- Chad Berger
Chad Berger 5 Time PBR Stock Contractor of the Year Mandan, ND

EquiPride

I first learned of EquiPride at a Back Country Horsemen’s Convention here in Montana. The feed rep was very knowledgeable and helpful, and even carried the 50 pound bag to my car! My horse, Jessie’s Lucky Lad (AQHA) was 32 years old and not very healthy.  He had been diagnosed with Cushing’s syndrome about 8 years ago, with a vet placing him on medication for about 2 years. Another vet subsequently took him off the medication, and I saw improvement with this vet’s recommendation of Chromium Yeast, which he supplied to me. However, Jessie’s health continued to deteriorate with age, although I researched and tried several brands and types of feed specifically for Cushing’s horses.

Although Jessie was underweight, he continued to out walk my other, very fit 11 year old horses to the top of every mountain pass. I love to pack into wilderness areas, and Jessie went on every trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness here in Montana. The other horses could not keep up with him. He loved to go.

When I started Jessie on Equi Pride, he began to gain weight, and his coat began to shine. Within two weeks, the results were obvious to everyone who saw him. For the first time in many years, he actually looked shiny and healthy!  Equi Pride has saved me money on other feeds and supplements, given me a healthier horse, and I have told anyone who would listen about my great results with my 32 year old! A big thank you to the folks at Equi Pride!!

- Rena Johnson
Plains, MT

The BEST money you can spend on your horses is for a bucket of EquiPride!  I’ve never seen such amazing results using any other product (I mean that, We’ve tried them all!). Every horse on our property shines, has great smooth strong hooves, strong top lines, full muscles, we never have to deal with colic or ulcers, and since starting feeding EquiPride, we have cut our feed bill by over a 1/3 in just a year! I’m SO impressed and would recommend this product to anyone. All horses, all ages, all sizes and breeds and in any discipline. I wish we could sell this stuff ourselves instead of driving over 2hrs to the nearest dealer but it’s worth it. Everyone needs it in their barn!

- Milynda Raedel

Equi-lix tubes for the horses are great, cuts back on the hay. Makes horses look great! EquiPride on the horses that I am riding keeps them feeling and looking great. My rope horse and barrel horses are all on it. Love it because it does not make them HOT! They just feel good.

- Joy Benson
Billings, MT
I have a 25 year old horse that I still use on occasion to breakaway off of. This winter he was looking great, even with it being a hard winter. I had the 125 pound EquiLix in the pen he was in and I would always see him eating on it. About 2 months ago, March 1, 2014, he started to drop weight. I thought he needed his teeth done again so I did that and I also wormed him, it helped a little but he still wasn’t where I wanted him to be. I tried the Total Equine and that almost seemed to make him worse. I kept trying to figure out what I was doing this winter that I wasn’t now. Well I didn’t have the EquiLix in his pen and was not feeding him the EquiPride. I took him off the Total Equine and put him on straight EquiPride and got another EquiLix and put it in front of him. This was a week ago, April 25, 2014, I have seen more improvement in just the last 7 days then I have in the last 2 months. I got him back on the EquiPride and the EquiLix and I predict that in a week and a half he will almost be back where he should be. I cannot say enough good things about the EquiPride and EquiLix products. I have all of our horses on them now again and they look great, feel great and work amazing. The EquiPride products do not make your horses hot and hard to work with, they make them feel good and want to work. I defiantly learned my lesson for not keeping EquiLix in front of my horses. Go and talk to the guys at Agri-Best they are very helpful and can answer any questions you may have. Thank you Agri-Best!!!!
- Jacey Fortier
Laurel, Montana

Since we started using Sweet Pro our cows have held their condition through the winter. We have also improved in our weaning weight 20-30 pounds. We also use Sweet Pro Products with our 45 head of camp horses and have been very impressed with the improvement in being able to maintain a good condition; especially with our older horses. -Jonathan DeFord, Ranch ManagerTrails End Ranch Horses

- Jonathan Deford
Trails End Ranch Ekalaka, MT

For about 2 years my beloved paint horse Twister had been losing weight.  I would find him standing alone in the corner of the pasture foaming at the mouth.  I took him to several vets to figure out what was wrong with him.  Finally, at whits end, I went to the local feed store and was asked to at least give EquiPride a try and I’m so glad that I did!  Its been 6 months and he is doing great!  EquiPride is an amazing product and I recommend it to everyone that I know to feed to their horses.

- Melissa Brazelton
Powell, WY

Redmond Natural

We have a Grand Prix horse with loads of talent but not the easiest keeper. I’ve had horses in the past like him that seem like nothing works. Feeding him more volume fails because he’s also picky. Rarely, will he finish his breakfast by lunch. To add injury to insult, he got an infection in his leg in the fall and and lost all the muscle tone we worked so hard to get. This winter, the horse was truly at ground zero. After meeting Mike at Redmond, we decided that this horse would be the best candidate for Daily Gold. He’s been on it for a few months now and the results are remarkable. Now, looking back at the symptoms, it was clear he had ulcers as the root cause of all his problems. The Daily Gold not only cooled out his gut, but also stimulated his appetite. It makes sense.  On a side note, my wife never eats breakfast because of an upset stomach in the mornings. After Mike recommended Redmond Clay, ( the human grade daily gold), her GI issues subsided and now I scramble eggs for two instead of eating alone, but back to the horse. In the first week, I noticed our horse was finishing his breakfast like the others. Every day, it seemed there was a different horse in the stall. He had more flesh, more energy and better muscle tone. I’ve since taken him off every other supplement except Daily Gold. Instead of having to over feed, he eats a portion consistent with the other horses his size. I can’t stress enough how much Daily Gold has improved our horse’s condition.  All of our horses are now on Daily Gold. We have discontinued our ulcer supplements with great results. I can testify that Daily Gold performs exactly as advertised.

- Eric Thompson
Stella Farm Show Jumpers

Just thought I would drop you an email and let you know some of our results over the course of the winter.  We fed the backgrounder tubs to about 1250 head of yearlings, and Redmond salt and conditioner to the other 1250 head of yearling on our place. On a bad year we suffer from about 120 cases of coccidiosis in our yearlings. This year we only doctored one (and we are not even sure if he was actually sick with it or not). Although we still had some foot rot out of one truckload of cattle that came in our sickness was next to nothing this year, which was good considering how bad of a winter we had. The product really works. Thanks.

Just a little side note here about the gains we have had with our yearlings on SweetPro and Redmond products. Over the last week we have sold about 600 head of yearlings in two bunches. They were started out on the backgrounder tub and then switched to FiberMate 18’s part way through the summer. They ate about .75 lbs per day of the tubs and were space fed as well. We had Redmond salt on the side and they were just on summer rangeland and we still gained 2.99lbs on one bunch and 3.02 lbs per day on the other. These particular cattle didn’t have fly control and no growth hormones either.

- Brett Phipps
Phipps Ranch - Whitman, NE