Catalyst Feed Mill Certified as Organic

2/27/2017

The Catalyst Midwest premix manufacturing facility has been certified as organic, becoming one of only a few in the Midwest offering premix services and private label organic services.

The first organic product is Organic 18 Percent Layer Feed, a poultry feed for laying hens, according Jos Zamzow, chief operating officer of Dynamite Marketing, which owns the facility.

Catalyst already has received the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification administered by the American Feed Industry Association. Only about 450, or 7.5 percent, of the nation’s almost 6,000 feed mills, have earned the certification. Catalyst received a score of 99 out of a possible 100.

The organic certification is from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

Catalyst provides custom formulation and manufacturing services for worldwide customers in the livestock, poultry, pet, wildlife and aquaculture industries. Its full line of more than 100 items includes feed and related products for animals of all sizes, including OCM™ Global Swine Finisher Pak and Poultry PAK.

“We are expecting the same success in Iowa as we had when our Idaho mill started offering organic products,” Zamzow said. “We started getting new customers for our organic chicken feed almost before the ink was dry on our certificate.

“The market reality is that there are very few companies that offer organic premixes and feed additives in Iowa and the demand is very high. Many of the companies we have approached had given up on the idea of organic versions of their existing products because there just wasn’t anyone to make it for them. They are excited now!” Dana Partridge, the head of Midwest operations, added.

“Consumers are asking for organic versions of the products they already love. The impression is that organic implies quality. When you understand the record-keeping and attention to detail required to make organic products, you understand just how right they are,” Zamzow said

“Becoming certified as organic was big project,” he continued. “It requires a map of our processes. We have to show where every ingredient originates, where it enters the mill and the path it takes through the mill, as well as locations where it might touch other ingredients.

“A lot of people think of organic certification as providing proof that food is chemical-free, but it goes much further than that. We have to keep a paper trail documenting the entire operation,” he added

Catalyst, formerly called Pharm-Tech, was established in the 1960s. Its OCM Global all-natural blend of minerals has been sold worldwide for more than 50 years in the poultry, cattle and other livestock industries.

Dynamite Marketing, based in Meridian, Idaho, purchased Catalyst in 2008. Dynamite Marketing, a fourth-generation company, produces horse feed, dog food and related products for virtually all living creatures.

Additional information about Catalyst is available at http://catalystnng.com/ or by calling (515) 254-1290. Additional information about the certification is available at SafeFeedSafeFood.org.

In the accompanying video, CEO Callie Zamzow and COO Jos Zamzow talk about their decision to obtain the company’s first organic certification.

 

Iowa Premix Manufacturer Believes College Athletes Make Top Employees

2/27/2017

In starting a program to hire college athletes, Catalyst COO Jos Zamzow is following the advice of his grandfather, “Hire for attitude. Train for skill.”

In keeping with this philosophy, the Catalyst an Iowa premix manufacturer recently hired Iowa State University star linebacker Jevohn Miller as a salesman. Zamzow is hoping to replicate the practice throughout the company.

“I’ve heard coaches talk on television about graduating athletes who would be successful no matter what they do. After a brainstorming session about the qualities we want in our employees, it clicked that I should call and ask for the names of these athletes,” Zamzow said.

“We were at our Boise office discussing that we wanted self-starters with determination, a high level of competitive spirit and the ability to work with a team. Someone said jokingly, ‘That sounds like most of the Boise State University football team.’

“The idea snowballed, and we realized we should take it seriously,” he continued. “The top athletes aren’t your typical college kids. If they are playing on a major college team, they are young people who have been working for years to even get to that level. Then they have spent another four years developing self-discipline and teamwork in the most literal sense. The program is in its beginning stages, and we feel it is a solid blueprint for our hiring strategy moving forward.

“Jevohn is the first person we hired under the program. We are hoping to work with Idaho colleges to find employees for our other operations as well,” Zamzow added.

Dana Partridge, head of Catalyst’s Midwest operations commented, “To achieve at a high level in college athletics takes years of self discipline and focus. We want to tap into that pool of young people who have proven they are willing to do the work necessary to be successful.”

Miller, who grew up in the small Iowa town of Brooklyn with a population of 1,400, showed unusual determination to become a star linebacker on a Big 12 football team. “Jevohn is a poster child for what we are looking for. He’s always been hungry and has shown that focus and desire to succeed long before anyone was interviewing him for a job,” Partridge added.

Catalyst, Inc., recently achieved its organic certification and also has received the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification administered by the American Feed Industry Association. Only about 450, or 7.5 percent, of the nation’s almost 6,000 feed mills, have earned the certification. Catalyst’s OCM Global all-natural blend of minerals has been sold worldwide for more than 50 years in the poultry, cattle and other livestock industries.

Catalyst is owned by Dynamite Marketing, based in Meridian, Idaho, Dynamite Marketing, a fourth-generation family-owned company, produces horse feed, dog food and related products for virtually all living creatures.

Additional information about Catalyst is available at http://www.catalystnng.com or by calling (515) 254-1290. Additional information about Dynamite is available at http://www.dynamitespecialty.com or by calling (800) 697-7434.

Iowa Feed Company Expects Increased Sales in China

1/6/2017

URBANDALE, Iowa – An Iowa company is anticipating increased sales in China, thanks to the Idaho governor’s recent trade mission to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Urbandale’s Catalyst, which manufactures custom animal feed, was represented on the trade mission by its parent company, Idaho-based Dynamite Marketing.

As a result of a previous trade mission in 2013, Catalyst’s OCM™ Global became the first feed additive approved for sale in China in 40 years.

OCM ™ Global is a non-medicated proprietary blend of minerals that has been credited with digestive support in swine, dairy cattle and poultry  for many years.

China is the world’s largest producer of pork with more than 460 million pigs. This is about seven times the number in the United States, the second-largest producer in the world, according to factsandfigures.com. The average hog farm in China has more than 8,000 head, according to Modern Farmer magazine.

“Chinese pig farms are focusing on cutting-edge technology and feed formulas for swine,” said Jos Zamzow, Dynamite chief operating office. “Our products have a long track record of improving growth in swine, and the large Chinese farms are eager to buy it. The Chinese pork industry is going to be a major factor as we create additional products for swine.

“The trade mission to China was a huge success for Catalyst!” he added. “The Idaho governor’s staff set up great meetings with new potential customers for our animal feed and supplements, helped us arrange to meet with our current customers, and even helped with the logistics. To top it all off, we got to have Idaho Gov. C. L. ‘Butch’ Otter sit in on a meeting with one of our customers. His friendly, likable demeanor and tremendous experience really sealed the deal.”

“Our recent mission to China was one of the best we’ve had,” Gov. Otter said. “The interest we received in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou was a reflection of the great products and services we were promoting, along with the tremendous market potential that remains in China.”

Catalyst holds the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification, which is awarded by the American Feed Industry Association to less than 8 percent of the nation’s almost 6,000 feed mills.

OCM Global works by supporting nutrient digestibility and maximizing feed intake in swine and other livestock, resulting in uninterrupted performance and growth. More than 2 million pounds are sold each year. Additional information is available at www.catalystnng.com.

Catalyst, formerly known as Pharm-Tech, provides provides custom formulation and manufacturing services for worldwide customers in the livestock, poultry, pet, wildlife and aquaculture industries. Its full line of more than100 items includes feed and related products for animals of all sizes.

Dynamite Marketing is based in Meridian, Idaho, and is the parent company of Catalyst. Dynamite has been producing animal feed and related products for virtually all living creatures for four generations.

Additional information about Catalyst is available on the Internet at www.catalystnng.com or by calling (515) 254-1290. Additional information about Dynamite is available at dynamitemarketing.com or by calling (800) 697-7434.

Meridian Feed Mill Certified as Organic

12/22/2016

The Feed Mill here has been certified as organic, becoming the first feed mill in Southern Idaho to meet the stringent requirements.

“We started getting new customers for our organic chicken feed almost before the ink was dry on our certificate,” said Jos Zamzow, chief operating officer of Dynamite Marketing, which owns the mill.

“Most people today want feed that is both local and organic,” he explained. “Before you could either buy local animal feed or you could buy organic feed. The ‘green’ customer wants both. Now it’s possible at the Meridian Feed Mill.”

The Feed Mill, built in 1911, has long produced all-natural feed for poultry, horses, cattle, swine, goats, sheep, llamas and small animals. Its special feed blends for state fair animals have produced award-winning swine and cattle almost every year.

“We’ve had more requests for organic feed every year,” Zamzow said. “People know that organic means quality. Even though we met most of the requirements already, we had been hesitant because the record-keeping required for organic certification is time-consuming and expensive. However, it became a business imperative. Our customers like the independent verification of quality that the organic feed certification gives us, and we are already seeing the payback in terms of increased sales.”

Alicia McFergy, a registered nurse in Boise, is one of the customers who is excited about obtaining organic feeds locally. McFergy raises chickens and goats to produce eggs and milk for her family and had been paying to have organic feed shipped to her home from other states.

“More and more people are turning to organic food to avoid pesticides and GMOs,” she said. “I am so happy that a local company is offering the animal feed that we need to have truly organic products.”

Typical customers are people like McFergy with small flocks of chickens and a desire for better eggs, as well as young people raising pigs, cattle and other animals as 4-H projects, Zamzow said. The Feed Mill serves some larger poultry operations as well.

The all-natural feed produced at the mill has always been free from antibiotics, meat and bone meal, pesticides and urea. No meat is permitted on the premises, as herbivores such as poultry and horses are sensitive to meat contamination. All feed batches are mixed by hand from premium grains.

“Becoming certified as organic was a year-long project,” Zamzow said. “It requires a map of our processes. We have to show where every ingredient originates, where it enters the mill and the path it takes through the mill, as well as locations where it might touch other ingredients.

“We also had to provide information on our procedure for flushing equipment between producing different batches of products, and to submit our first product, organic pellets for laying hens, for further inspection.

“A lot of people think of organic certification as providing proof that food is chemical-free, but it goes much further than that. We have to keep a paper trail documenting the entire operation,” he added

The mill is such as iconic part of Meridian that its image is on the city signs designating the historic downtown district.

The mill produces more than two dozen poultry feed blends for chickens and turkeys, including special blends for laying hens. Its popular products with 4-H members include State Fair Pig Grower, State Fair Steer Feed and State Fair Lamb Grower.

The all-natural animal feeds produced at the mill were developed by Jim Zamzow, a member of the family that owns Zamzows garden and pet centers in Boise and the surrounding communities. He also developed the Dr. Jim Z and Grandma Z lines of all-natural dog food and other products sold at Zamzows and produced at the mill. Custom-processing services also are available.

Located at 611 N. Main Street, the mill is open Mondays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information or to schedule a tour of the mill, call (208) 888-4477. The website is meridianmill.com.

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Catalyst Certified As Safe Feed/Safe Food Facility

12/6/2016

Catalyst, receiving one of the highest rankings possible for feed safety, has been certified by the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program, administered by the American Feed Industry Association.

Only about 450, or 7.5 percent, of the nation’s almost 6,000 feed mills, have earned the certification. Catalyst received a score of 99 out of a possible 100.

Catalyst provides custom formulation and manufacturing services for worldwide customers in the livestock, poultry, pet, wildlife and aquaculture industries. Its full line of more than100 items includes feed and related products for animals of all sizes, including OCM™ Global, Swine Finisher Pak and Poultry PAK.

The voluntary certification shows that Catalyst goes “above and beyond” federal requirements to ensure that the highest standards in manufacturing and processing are followed each day, according to the association. It demonstrates and ensures continuous improvement in delivering safe, wholesome livestock feed.

“Even though it took more than six months and about 400 man-hours of documentation and training to comply with the requirements, we feel it is both a competitive advantage and an assurance to our customers,” said Jos Zamzow, chief operating officer of Dynamite Marketing, Catalyst’s parent company. “We’ve always had good quality control in place, and now we can offer proof of our practices to our customers. Our inspector told us that the typical company gets an initial score in the mid 80s to low 90s. He said we are the first he has ever seen to reach 99 out of 100.”

“Catalyst should be commended for showing leadership in this important program. The employees have gone the extra mile to demonstrate a strong commitment to food safety and offer reasons to their customers and consumers for increased confidence in the products they provide. The companies participating in Safe Feed/Safe Food are making outstanding efforts, ” said Joel G. Newman, president and chief executive officer of the American Feed Industry Association.

The certification program is open to livestock feed and pet food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, integrated producers, meat processors, feed purchasers, livestock producers and others who want to validate a commitment to food safety through pro-active leadership. They are participating in an approved risk-management program, and they are aggressively practicing risk reduction, Newman added.

Catalyst, formerly called Pharm-Tech, was established in the 1960s. Its OCM Global all-natural blend of minerals has been sold worldwide for more than 50 years in the poultry, cattle and other livestock industries.

Dynamite Marketing, based in Meridian, Idaho, purchased Catalyst in 2009. Dynamite Marketing, a fourth-generation company, produces horse feed, dog food and related products for virtually all living creatures.

The American Feed Industrial Association, based in Arlington, Va., is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal feed industry and its suppliers.

Members include more than 575 domestic and international companies and state, regional and national associations. Member companies are livestock feed and pet food manufacturers, integrators, pharmaceutical companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers and companies that supply other products, services and supplies to feed manufacturers.

Additional information about Catalyst is available at catalystnng.com or by calling (515) 254-1290. Additional information about the certification is available at http://www.SafeFeedSafeFood.org.

Name Change to Catalyst

1/1/2016

PharmTech International, located in Des Moines, Iowa, has officially changed its name to Catalyst.

The change is part of an ongoing effort to revitalize the business model, and recognizes that drug-blending is no longer central to that model moving forward. Jos Zamzow, Catalyst’s COO and owner said, “We recognize that the feed industry is moving into the 21’st century, and we want to help lead the charge towards better, healthier products that minimize the potential for drug-resistance. That’s also why we’re currently working on certification as directed by the Food Safety Management Act (FSMA) towards “Safe Feed / Safe Food” certification, which we expect to receive early this summer.” Moving forward domestically, “Our intent is to reestablish ourselves as a preeminent supplier of quality feed supplement products – and we’re working on organic and non-GMO products and certifications to enhance that reputation with customers.”

Contact Dana Partridge at danap.catalyst@gmail.com with questions.

PharmTech, Custom Packaging Company for Cattle Feed & Poultry Feed, Expects 10% Sales Increase

12/29/2010

PharmTech International, custom packaging company for cattle feed, poultry feed and other livestock feeds, expects to end the year with a 10 percent increase in sales over last year – three years after the company was purchased by Dynamite Marketing. PharmTech also produces nutritional supplements for animal feed.

“We know that many people were concerned about the possible loss of the mill when it was about to close three years ago,” said Steve Hartung, operations manager. “Three years later, our sales are even higher and we continue to have 16 employees at our two mills.”

Hartung attributed the increase in sales to several factors affecting the animal feed and custom manufacturing and packaging industry. One is increased optimism about the agricultural economy, he said.

In addition, overseas sales of PharmTech’s proprietary OCM Global digestive supplement for pigs, beef and poultry have increased approximately 17 percent. PharmTech sells more than 2 million pounds of OCM Global a year.

An animal feed supplement, OCM Global is a non-medicated proprietary blend of minerals that has been credited with digestive support in dairy cattle, poultry and swine for many years. OCM Global works by supporting nutrient digestibility and maximizing livestock feed intake, resulting in uninterrupted performance and growth.

PharmTech provides custom manufacturing and pelleting for private-label animal feed products. Dynamite Marketing, owner of PharmTech, has been producing animal feed and nutritional supplements for virtually every member of the animal kingdom for four generations. Dynamite is based in Meridian, Idaho, and is privately held.

Additional information about PharmTech International is available on the Internet at www.catalystnng.com or by calling (515) 254-1290.