Tuesday

4-H SweetPro Sponsorship: Allison's Swine Project

We at Agape Naturals are strong supporters of 4-H! We're proud to sponsor several Arapahoe County 4-Hers with SweetPro feed supplements. Read Allison's updates here on using Fresh Start with her pig.

ALLISON (SWINE PROJECT)

April 21, 2016: I was very excited to begin the Agape supplement project this month. My project swine is showing very promising growth. I am beginning showmanship training using a brush and show stick. I believe that the SweetPro supplement is very beneficial to my pig, as he is showing improvement in overall appearances as well as weight. Agape, thank you again for this opportunity!

June 1, 2016: This month, Oscar continues to show improvement both in weight gain and training. I brought him to tag day at the end of April, and he behaved very well. He now has a pink ear tag to participate in the fair. He looks very healthy and is very active as well. He always finishes his food and is always excited to see people. I hope to continue to see this promising growth in future months!

June 30, 2016: Since July is the month of the fair, we are beginning to pre p are Oscar for the show. He was weighed last week, and is an impressive 240 pounds, which is the minimum weight for the Arapahoe county fair. He now gets 2 1/2 ounces of supplement along with his daily feed. He enjoys a cold bath every day and loves to be brushed. I make an effort to walk him 15 minutes each day, to improve training and build muscle. I am looking forward to the fair and I believe he will do very well. I have entered him in showmanship, premier exhibitor, and a costume contest, along with the market swine category.

August 1, 2016: Oscar has been growing steadily and did very well at the Arapahoe County Fair. He weighed in at 273 lbs. He placed 5th in the market swine competition and did well in showmanship, although he didn't place. We also participated in the livestock costume contest, where Oscar got 1st place in the swine division as well as scariest costume. He was dressed in a homemade Harry Potter costume, which was very popular with the fair's guests. Oscar continued to enjoy his Agape SweetPro supplement with his feed for the duration of the fair, and I believe it really had an impact on his good performance. The auction on Saturday night was the end of my project, where Oscar was purchased. I really enjoyed my first swine project and plan to do it again next year. Thank you to Agape for all your support!

Monday

4-H SweetPro/EquiPride Sponsorship: Sharon's Horse Project

We at Agape Naturals are strong supporters of 4-H! We're proud to sponsor several Arapahoe County 4-Hers with SweetPro feed supplements. Read Sharon's updates here on using EquiPride with her horse.

SHARON (HORSE PROJECT)

April 21, 2016: This month with my project I have taken riding lessons almost every Friday at my neighbor's house. I've also started to ride my horse more at my house since the weather is nicer. We have open ride nights at the fairgrounds every Friday so that we can all start getting our horses ready for fair. Soon, my 4-H club will start to have horse meetings at the fairgrounds on Tuesdays so we can start practicing patterns and showmanship.

May 31, 2016: This month to prepare for fair, I went to a horse meeting at the fairgrounds.  I practiced a horsemanship pattern, and I also did showmanship.  It was fun because I enjoy doing anything with horses.  A challenge that I am having is getting my horse to lope slower so it's easier to do patterns.  I have made progress though, because he lopes slower that he used to.

June 29, 2016: This month in preparing for fair, I have been riding my horse almost every day and working a lot on getting him to keep his head down at the lope. I went to a horse show on June 4th where I got high point, which was good practice before fair. I also started riding English because I want to get high point at fair and to do that you have to do both English and Western. I also passed the level two test for both English and Western. This year, I am planning to do gymkhana, but I'm mostly doing that just for fun.

August 1, 2016: This month to prepare for fair, I practiced patterns every day with my horse. When I got to the fair on Thursday, I washed and brushed him. The English show was on Friday, and I got reserve grand champion. On Saturday they had the western show where I got grand champion, and I got first place and an award for most creative in the costume contest. On Sunday I did gymkhana and also got grand champion. I also got champion senior showman, so I got to be in round robin, and judge adult round robin.

Wednesday

4-H SweetPro Sponsorship: Lakayla's Goat Project

We at Agape Naturals are strong supporters of 4-H! We're proud to sponsor several Arapahoe County 4-Hers with SweetPro feed supplements. Read Lakayla's updates here on using Fresh Start with her goat.

LAKAYLA (GOAT PROJECT)


May 1, 2016: Thank you for offering this feed sponsorship! I am really looking forward to this year in the goat project. I just got my main market goat Prince yesterday. Today was tag in-day at the fairgrounds, we also weighed him for the first time. His weight today was 49 pounds. Starting tomorrow I will start training him to walk on a lead and do a little bit of setting up as well. I am feeding him all he can eat for the next month then I will start to hand feed him to control his weight so I can sart fitting him for show.

June 1, 2016: Prince and I have been having a lot of fun so far this year. We have been doing a lot of tying, bracing, walking, and running. Every day I tie up all my markets to eat their food individually then they tie with their heads up for 10 minutes 1x a day. At night he gets 1 handful of alfalfa hay after he eats all his grain. He eats 1.5 pounds of grain in the morning and 1 pound at night. Every morning before it gets hot outside I run him 3 laps each way on my track so he can build more muscle. At the Arapahoe County Red Carpet Prospect Show on May 21 I won Grand Champion Intermediate Market Goat Showman, and Prince won 3rd place in the heavy weight class. The judge said he needed more muscle, which will come now that I am running him on the track every day. Training him has been hard because he likes to be stubborn and not walk so I have been working on walking the most but even then I still have a ton of fun with him. Showing goats is my favorite thing to do during the summer because goats have amazing personalities. I hope this year I do better at fair and have a lot more fun showing! Thanks for this amazing opportunity with this great supplement! 

Tuesday

4-H SweetPro Sponsorship: Evin's Swine Project

We at Agape Naturals are strong supporters of 4-H! We're proud to sponsor several Arapahoe County 4-Hers with SweetPro feed supplements. Read Evin's updates here on using Fresh Start with his hog.

EVIN (SWINE PROJECT)


April 30, 2016: I finally got my market hog April 9. She is a Hampshire cross, and when I got her she weighed 98 lb. It took me a couple days to pick a name for her--I needed a name that would kind of fit her personality, and I finally decided on the name Lola. Lola is an all black pig with two white front socks. She has a very calm laid back type of personality. Her first experience with snow was on my farm. She was a little puzzled by the white mass on the ground: She slowly approached it and took a small bite and then fell in love it. Lola and I have been taking 15 minute walks every afternoon learning how to drive with the stick. We have been walking farther and farther each night. Now that she is comfortable with her surroundings and her trust for me has grown she is willing to go anywhere I'm willing to take her. One of the challenges I've been having with her is when she decides she wants to go somewhere else than where I'm taking her she will stop and try to turn around and leave, I keep treats on me, and I reward her for her good behavior, and she is quickly growing out of this fit of hers. Once we are done working I usually give her a belly rub and tell her goodnight. This month has been a fun adventure, and I'm looking forward to next month and the challenges it brings.


May 31, 2016: This month I got Lola pretty well trained using the pig whip, she responds well when I tap it on her and usually she moves in the right direction. I continue to reward her good behavior with treats. I got her weighed this month, and she now weighs 180 pounds. I was satisfied with how much she has gained but now there is a concern that she could be overweight by fair time. So I talked with some friends who are having the same issue, and they told me to start limiting her feed and add soaked beet pulp and rolled oats to her diet that will help to fill her up and have her grow at a steady pace that I can maintain her rate of growth so she will be at a good weight by fair time. I'm getting her weighed again in a week to see how the feed is working. I have been studying a lot in my pig book on hog diseases and hog industry issues that will help me in showmanship. My goal is to get grand champion in showmanship like I did last year, but with the competition ever growing I need to be on my A-game so I've been working diligently on becoming better and hopefully it will pay off at fair. This month has been a success, and I can't wait to see what's in store for next month!

June 30, 2016: This month has been going pretty well for Lola and me. We have been working hard on polishing off the rough edges in showmanship and have been taking long walks to help build her stamina for the long shows at fair. I weighed Lola 2 weeks ago, and she weighed 131 lb Lola has been gaining an average of 1.9 lb a day. I've had to limit her feed even more now so she won't be overweight by fair time. This month I have been stocking up on show supplies like shampoo, show conditioner, and just yesterday I bought a new pair of show boots. Fair is coming up, which is making me nervous, but I feel like with all the preparations I've done I am ready to take on fair! Thank you so much for sponsoring me, I appreciate it!

Friday

Sweet Pro Cattle Tubs for Increased Winter Feeding Needs

Winter is quickly approaching, which means it's time to start thinking about your cattle's increased winter feeding needs. Have you considered Sweet Pro's cattle tubs? Our 250-lb tubs are all natural and non-molasses. Our patented process utilizes fermentation of yeast, barley malt, wheat, flax and corn providing protein, vitamins and minerals while creating live digestive enzymes that are normally cooked off in traditional feed products. Therefore, your animal utilizes its forage more efficiently providing you with longer-lasting pasture grass/hay or more rapid weight gain.
If you would like to learn more about these high quality, cost effective products, please call us at 303-905-3926!



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Agape Supports Colorado Horse Rescues

Agape Naturals is pleased to support the following horse rescues with donations received from our October 2015 Agape Retreat at Colorado Cattle Company. Donations were given to rescues that provide exceptional care of their animals, use Agape all-natural products and support their local communities through programs and activities.
We had a fabulous time with friends and family riding the trails and participating in working cattle activities. We will be doing this again next year so please watch for information in our newsletters or on our website.
Please check these Colorado organizations out and consider contributing to their cause!

Thursday

Veterinarian Diane Wagner on EquiPride for Horses

"EquiPride is a common recommendation of mine to help horses improve hoof quality, hair coat quality and energy levels. I love EquiPride to cover these bases because it's not only a great fat source with the flax base, but the probiotics, enzymes and yeast allow them to assimilate the minerals in the feed they're already getting." -Dr. Diane Wagner, VMD
Hear more in this video about why Dr. Wagner recommends EquiPride to the performance, rodeo, backyard pleasure and racehorses at Elemental Equine Services!


And read a summary of her video here!



Sunday

Horse Health Matters at Colorado Cattle Company

The Colorado Cattle Company knows horses and how to feed them. They feed EquiLix tubs to provide their working horses with the essentials listed here. Find out how to select the best natural and organic supplements for your animals by calling us at 303-905-3926.



Tuesday

EquiPride Helps Wilson Buckskins' Broodmares

Hear from Christy Wilson how EquiPride is her go-to, all-in-one supplement for the broodmares at Wilson Bucksins, helping to improve their hair coat, joints, muscle tone and more!

Monday

Milk Cow Emily Thrives on SweetPro Supplement

Day 1
I live in Alaska and own a beloved family milk cow named Emily. I bought her two years ago and added EquiPride (we don't have access to the cattle versions of your supplement) 1 year ago. I must say that it is THE BEST supplement I have ever used. Ever. She is so sleek and shiny, her rumen is so well developed now because of the probiotics and she just looks like a thriving, happy cow.

I've shared with so many people about your product, but never have to say much to get them listening being they either see her in person or see photos and want to know what I feed her.
2 years later

Thank you for making such a high quality supplement, I really am thrilled with your product and sure hope we can keep buying it when we move to Texas in October--otherwise I'll have to stockpile some from here for the trip!

Here are before and after photos for you to see. All I do is brush her, no fancy hair conditioning products!

Jayme Cupples

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Wednesday

Colorado Cattle Company Feeds EquiLix to their Horses

The Colorado Cattle Company and Guest Ranch has reduced hay cost and seen improved body condition in their horses with EquiLix. Hear their testimonial and see beautiful shots of their ranch in this video!


Thursday

Harmony Equine Center Rescue Horses on EquiLix

A visit to the open house of Harmony Equine Center in Franktown, Colorado, where each turnout area offers an EquiLix tub for the rescue horses.

Wednesday

How Enos Yoder's Draft Horses Benefit from EquiPride

Enos Yoder of Hidden "Y" Ranch shares how EquiPride has helped his horses be more stable, encouraged hoof growth and more. Watch the video below to hear all about it (and see some beautiful Percheron draft horses in action)!

Tuesday

4-H SweetPro/EquiPride Sponsorship: Mikayla Fenley

We at Agape Naturals are strong supporters of 4-H! We're in our second year of sponsoring several Adams County 4-Hers with SweetPro feed supplements. Read Mikayla Fenley's updates here on using EquiPride! 


MIKAYLA FENLEY (HORSE)

September 1, 2015: Well, fair is over! It was an interesting one to be sure. For her first fair, Dolly did fantastic. We didn't place in speed but she ran her fastest time yet. We did place in the individual cow work class at fair. For a horse that was afraid of cattle, I'm really proud of her. 

I've had a blast with her this year. She has come so far. She has become way more trusting, in fact, she is starting to listen to my body more. She has gotten to be very sweet and pretty. 

I definitely saw a huge change in her appearance and attitude from when I first purchased her. She is beautiful now. Her coat is so shiny and soft. My farriers have noticed distinct changes in her hooves. I am so thankful that Agape sponsored me this year. EquiPride is a great feed. Thank you so much!

August 1, 2015: I'm really excited for fair! Dolly has been fantastic! She is really making leaps and bounds with the working ranch horse division. We were able to place at her first Gymkhana which was great. I was so impressed how she handled herself, she stayed calm the entire day. She really looks great, she is so shiny and soft. My farriers were very impressed by how her feet are coming along. One issue I have been having is with her getting sunburned. She is thin skinned and has a white nose which has turned out to be a bad combination. We've had to invest in a full faced fly mask and sunscreen to keep her nose protected.

I am so thankful that Agape chose me to sponsor this year. Thank you for giving me this wonderful experience.


July 3, 2015:
June has been a crazy month! I have been gone for most of it due to other 4-H competitions. Dolly is great! She has come so far. I took her to a ranch horse lesson two weeks ago, and she did great. Our first lesson she was pretty nervous about the cows. She wouldn't go up to the fence much less track one. Though she was still nervous about walking into a herd she could walk by the fence and track an individual cow.

She looks great! She is so shiny and healthy. My poor mare's feet were obviously not taken care of very well before we got her. My farrier thinks she probably had laminitis at one point. She just had her third trim at our house, and there is a very definite line on her hoof from when we first got her. The new hoof is coming in nicely, and my farrier has remarked about the changes she is starting to see.

One issue I have had this year is fly control. No brand of fly spray seems to work! With the appearance of VS in Colorado again, I decided to be super cautious and fly sheet my horses. So Dolly gets spoiled with being blanketed and sprayed multiple times throughout the day.

I recently had a neat experience with the EquiPride distributors form Iowa. I work for a horse chiropractor and acupuncturist. A few weeks ago the distributors came to interview her and get footage of her work. She told them about my sponsorship within 4-H, and they interviewed me as well!

I am looking forward to the upcoming month. I should have a less crazy schedule and be able to spend more time in the saddle. The gymkhana show is July 12, and I can't wait to see how she does. Thank you again for sponsoring me.


June 2, 2015:
Due to the weather I haven't had much ride time with my mare. She is fully shed out and looks fantastic. I am very impressed that despite the obnoxious amount of moisture, her feet are remaining hard and healthy! I am really excited to see what June brings us--there are many more clinics to attend and a gymkhana approaching in July. Thank you so much for sponsoring me this year. 

May 1, 2015:
I have had a lot of fun preparing Dolly for the upcoming show season. We were supposed to have had a show on April 19, but it got canceled, which was a bummer. I haven't had as much riding time as I'd hoped to due to a crazy school schedule, but I am looking forward to being done with classes this week and getting to ride more! Despite this, the times we have ridden are great. I recently took her to another barrel clinic, and she did fantastic. We have a ranch horse show coming up in May so I will be working hard on my roping and ranch horse skills in the upcoming month. I have definitely been noticing changes in Dolly on the SweetPro supplement. She is almost fully shed out and is looking gorgeous! Her new coat is very soft and shiny. Her hooves are looking healthier, too! At the clinic, our clinician noticed how good Dolly looked. She said she was very healthy looking, well-muscled, and had a lot of stamina. Thank you again very much for sponsoring me and my horse this 4-H year.

Gymkhana clinic at the Adams County Fairgrounds on March 3
April 1, 2015:
I am super excited for the upcoming year because, in January I purchased a new horse named Dolly. I plan to use her for Gymkhana events and maybe play around with the Working Ranch Horse division too. Our first Gymkhana will be April 19. We just had a barrel clinic on March 30, and she did fantastic! I started her on EquiPride the day I received it. She is now up to the full dose and seems to be doing well. When I bought Dolly, her coat was coarse and dull, she was lacking muscle, and she had bite marks on her back. She is now shedding like crazy, and her new coat already is softer, the bite marks are barely noticeable and with consistent exercise she is filling out. A friend even noticed how soft her mane is. I am extremely grateful to Agape for sponsoring me this year and providing me with this supplement. Thank you so much!

Sunday

4-H SweetPro Sponsorship: Caiden Healey-Mitchell

We're big supporters of 4-H (and were 4-Hers ourselves!). Agape Naturals is in our second year of sponsoring several Adams County 4-Hers with SweetPro feed supplements. Read Caiden's updates on feeding SweetPro.


CAIDEN HEALEY-MITCHELL (SHEEP)

August 12, 2015:
This Adams County Fair was one that I will never forget. My sheep and I did very well this year. My day started great when I won Grand Champion Junior Showman. Then, in the market show I showed 3 wethers. Dean got a 2nd place in the heavy weight cross class, and Sam got a 1st place in the light weight hampshire class. Castiel also got 1st place in the heavy weight hampshire class. In the hampshire champion drive Castiel was selected as the champion hampshire. After a short break we went back to the show ring for the overall champion drive and were picked as the reserve grand champion market lamb. I would like to thank Agape for sponsoring me with SweetPro this year to give my feeding program the winning edge. I am so excited to head to state fair in a couple of weeks to see how my sheep compete.


July 1, 2015:
June was a very busy month for me and my livestock. We got a lot of much needed practice away from home by going to jackpot shows and a show lamb camp. Our first stop was at the Freedom 4H Jackpot. There I won Grand Champion in goat showmanship, and I was Reserve Champion in sheep showmanship. It was a fun show at Adams County Fairgrounds and it got me excited for the county fair next month. Next, we went to the Jim Jones Benefit Jackpot in Keenesburg. I placed third in sheep showmanship, which was a nice surprise since this was a much bigger and more competitive show. Our last stop in June was Massey's Show Lamb Camp in Brush, CO. I took my two wethers Castiel and Dean. In the two days there I learned so much! We spent many hours in the ring practicing with our sheep and the instructors. We also learned about fitting, exercise and feeding. I can definitely say that June was a month filled with learning. I am very excited to use the things I have learned both inside the show ring and out. My sheep are looking great and coming along nicely. We all will be ready for fair!



June 2, 2015:
Getting to know my lambs over the past month has been a lot of fun. They each have their own personality and attitude. It also has been amazing to watch how quickly they grow. I have been working with my animals about 4 times per week exercising and practicing. They are currently eating 3 pounds of grain per day with one ounce of Fresh Start and a handful of alfalfa each. At first they let the Fresh Start fall to the bottom of the feeder, and they weren't eating it. Now they are cleaning it up and seem to like it. I am really excited to go to my first jackpot of the season this weekend. It will be interesting to see how much weight they have all gained since tag in. Here is a picture of me working with my lamb that I plan to use in showmanship--his name is Castiel.

May 2, 2015:
My project is going pretty good so far. I just got four new lambs. They are all weathers but I still have Abby my yearling ewe also. And now I have a goat, too. I have not started halter breaking my sheep and goat yet. But tomorrow we are going to start. It was fun hearing from my breeder--he helped me picked some really nice lambs. I'm having challenges getting my new lambs to get to know me but tomorrow is a new day! Tomorrow we all are going to tag in for fair. I am excited to see what my animals' starting weights will be.

April 4, 2015:
Sadly, my first lambing season did not go as planned. My ewe Brianna died trying to deliver her twins on March 23, 2015. I am very sad because I raised Brianna since she was weaned from her mother. I will really miss her. My other ewe Abigail did not breed either. Since I did not have any lambs at home, I will be buying lambs again this year. I plan to visit a lamb and goat sale next weekend. I am also planning to visit Overman Club Lambs in Eaton, Colorado, to look at lambs. I would like to get two black face lambs and maybe a speckle face or a dorset. I would really love to find another natural-colored ewe just like Brianna. Here is a picture of her the day before she passed away.

Wednesday

Harness the Power of EquiPride

Learn about how EquiPride helps Enos Yoder keep his team of Percheron horses healthy and ready to perform:

Tuesday

We Are What We Eat

In a recent study, researchers discovered that forages grazed by livestock is less nutrient dense now than during World War II. But we can increase the nutrient density of the meat we produce by providing our animals with all-natural feed like Redmond Natural Livestock Mineral Conditioner with valuable trace minerals. Read more about the study here: We Are What We Eat.

Friday

The Benefits of Oats as Horse Feed

Agape Naturals now offers organic oats for horses! Check out this great resource from The Horse's Hoof by Yvonne Welz on the many benefits of feeding your horse oats: Whole Oats as a Horse Feed Revisited. She writes that "whole oats provide a high quality source of protein" are non-GMO and can help with manure management. Learn more in the article, then call Lisa at 303-905-3926 or email lisa@agapenaturals.com for more information on Agape Naturals' organic oats for horses!

Monday

Do EquiPirde and EquiLix contain sugar and starch?

SweetPro's Brad Thornberg answers: The NSC (sugar) of both EquiPride and EquiLix is going to be about 2.8%. Regarding this number, it's important to note the starch figure (2.8% as is) would be "bound/resistant starch" which is comparable to dietary fiber, having come through our fermentation. In our manufacture, the yeast eat all the sugar and starch they can (basically pre-digesting EP) and then run out of steam when there is nothing left (they actually go anaerobic and create alcohol at the end).

The "non-molasses, non-grain starch" mantra we preach is important, and we want people to differentiate between bound starch and readily fermentable starch. (EquiLix is held together with Distillers Solubles, pressure and mineral.)

Also, an area where we get no credit on net energy is for the alcohol and volatile fatty acids in the feed. They are included in the moisture number (28 to 30%).  Alcohol and VFAs are very valuable dense energy but the feed analysis industry does not have a way to provide credit for them since they are driven off in the autoclave dry matter determination--so they are lost. EquiPride/EquiLix typically has between 3 and 4% alcohol and 2% organic acids as lactic, acetic and succinic. It's comparable to adding 5% more fat, but it's an esoteric issue for most, and we are resigned to just letting the customer get those benefits without us getting credit for it.

Friday

Diatomaceous Earth

One of the ingredients I love in the SweetPro products is Diatomaceous Earth (DE). This ingredient is particularly helpful and important as we approach the fly season.

In recent years, DE has come to the forefront in benefiting both animals and humans alike. Many customers use DE as an all-natural method of internal parasite reduction and/or elimination.

DE is a fine white powdery substance that can be fed alone, or in the case of the SweetPro products, can be added directly to our products. The EquiLix horse tubs and the Diatomate cattle and goat tubs come standard with DE.

Here is what Holistic Horse says about DE:
"The tiny Diatom shells are not a food. They do not digest (except some of the trace minerals), they pass all the way through the body. Everything it does is either physical action or electrical action. The Diatom shell is a little cylinder full of holes. It resembles Rice Chex cereal. The cylinders have a powerful negative charge and the holes are the right size to absorb positively charged viruses and bacteria, hold them, and take them out of the body. Each shell can hold and neutralize many positive particles. Mixed with feed or eaten free choice the cylinders, by the millions, pass through the stomach and intestines and destroy parasites with absolutely no side effect to the animal. This is a physical action, not a chemical action. Flies are a major problem where large groups of animals or birds are confined, especially close to populated areas. Companies and individuals spend a lot of time and money trying to solve this problem usually with little success. Along with the flies there is always odor and that can be as big a problem as the flies themselves. The solution is an all natural product with no harmful side effects it’s not a drug, not a chemical and you feed it to your animals! As a result of proper feeding fly larvae cannot hatch in the manure."
Source: http://www.perma-guard.com

Feeding DE alone has some drawbacks, however. It is incredibly dusty and may lead to breathing problems. This drawback is resolved when the DE is added to the SweetPro products. You receive all the benefits of DE without the downside of the dust.

--Lisa Rasmussen