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Animal nutrition is a complex blend of science, agri-business and "art." At Ranch-Way Feeds, we dedicate significant time to staying abreast of the changing nutritional science and regulations. On this part of our web site, we are pleased to share this information with you.

Value-Added Feed Additives and Nutraceuticals used at Ranch-Way Feeds


  • Aid in the break-down of different components of the diet for non-ruminants (especially important for poultry).
  • Increase nutrient availability resulting in improved animal performance and feed efficiency.
  • We use a natural source of dried Aspergillus niger fermentation product to provide enzyme activity (such as amylase, β-glucanase, cellulose, pectinase, xylanase, phytase, and protease).

Amino Acids

  • Support the dynamic turn-over and growth of structural (bones, ligaments, and muscles) and protective (skin and feathers) tissues in all equine, livestock, and poultry species.
  • A complete amino acid profile enhances muscle development during growth.
  • We use a combination of synthetic and natural sources of the 10 essential amino acids to meet the dietary needs of animals.

Probiotics / Direct-Fed Microbials (DFM’s)

  • DFM’s manipulate the microorganisms that naturally inhabit the digestive tract to improve the general health, digestive function, and immune status of the host animal.
  • We use many sources of DFMs to promote digestive health, including:
    • Fungal (Yeast): Saccharomyces and Aspergillus species stimulate the growth of the natural flora that inhabit the rumen (goats, sheep, cattle, camelids) and the hind-gut (horses, pigs, and poultry), particularly those microbial species that improve fiber digestion.
    • Bacterial:  Enterococcus, Lactobacillus, and Bacillus species aid in the break-down of the sugar and starch fraction of the diet and help eliminate the prevalence of pathogens in the GI tract (such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Clostridium).
    • Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS): Yeast-based prebiotic that promotes good bacteria in the gut and inhibits certain pathogenic bacteria.  Boosts the immune system, decreases the incidence of diarrhea, and maximizes animal health, performance, and growth.

Kelp Meal

  • Provides a natural, rich source of trace minerals and is especially dense in Iodine.
  • Helps reduce the negative effects of heat stress by stabilizing core body temperature and reducing the respiration rate associated with hyperthermia.
  • We use a source of dried seaweed or brown algae, such as Ascophyllum nodosum from the Fucaceae family.


  • Antioxidants help the body repair damage caused by free-radical peroxides due to sickness, disease, over exertion, stress, vitamin and trace mineral deficiencies, etc.
  • Selenium and Vitamin E (along with copper and zinc) work in tandem to help protect the cells from oxidative damage.
  • We use an organic source of selenium to promote the selenium-dependent enzymes (GSH; GPx1-8)involved in the antioxidative protective system.
  • We also prefer a natural source of Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol or RRR-alpha-tocopheryl acetate) as it is more bioavailable to the animal and is retained in the body longer than synthetic sources (dl-alpha-tocopherol or all-rac-alpha-tocopherol).

Organic (chelated) Trace Minerals

  • Trace minerals (Cu, Zn, Mn, I, Se, Fe, and Co) have critical roles in immunity, reproduction, and normal metabolism for growth and performance.
  • Despite routine inclusion of inorganic sources (such as oxides and sulfates) marginal deficiencies can occur, especially where known antagonists or deficiencies exist in forage and water sources.
  • We prefer chelated trace minerals that are bound to a protein or amino acid complex to improve trace mineral absorption and mineral status in breeding stock and growing animals.


  • When supplemented in the diet, aids rumen microbes in synthesizing B12and converting carbohydrates to propionic acid (a volatile fatty acid), which serves as a major source of energy to ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats, camelids). 

  • Improves digestibility and intake of high-roughage diets, thereby improving weight gain in growing calves.

  • We recommend organic sources of Cobalt to increase solubility of the trace mineral in the rumen.

Omega Fatty Acids

  • Omega fatty acids are derived from vegetable-based oils, rice bran, flaxseed, algae, green grass, and marine-sources.
  • A balance of both is necessary in the diet as they regulate each other in the body’s response to pain and inflammation.
  • Supplementing the diet with an appropriate balance will improve coat and skin condition, help reduce joint pain, and reduce inflammation involved with injuries.

Rumen By-Pass Fat

  • Provides a unique, controlled-release source of energy without interfering with rumen fermentation.
  • Promotes increased body condition, particularly during times of increased productivity.

Nutrition/Technical Bulletins

Beet Pulp Feeding Cattle on Crop Aftermath     
Bio-Mos Whole Flax  
Calf Weaning and Preconditioning Protein Supplemenation for Cattle
GMO'S (Genetically Modified Organisms)   Spring & Summer Beef Mineral Strategies
(Footrot, Pink Eye, Grass Tetany, Fly Control)
High Nitrates  Phytoestrogens 
Probiotics    Minerals & Antagonitsts


Feeding Guides

Bucket Calves Show Lambs
Beef Minerals Show Goats
Range Cattle Show Pigs
Poultry Llamas and Alpacas
Wild Birds