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November / December Sales

Brian Higby - Thursday, November 09, 2017

New Sales for the months of November and December. Check our Sales page for more details. We have sales on...

 

-Nutro Max Cat Adult

-Kid's Toys

-Integrity Natural Cat Litter

-Small Batch Frozen Raw and Freeze Dried Raw Dog Food

-Behrens Galvanized Garbage Cans

-Galagher Solar Energizers

-Miller Duraforks

-Kaytee Dried Meal Worms

 

Sales are valid through December 31st, 2017 while supplies last, unless otherwise noted. Hope to see you soon!

November/December Newsletter

Brian Higby - Thursday, November 09, 2017

HOPE YOU ENJOYED OUR CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY AS MUCH AS WE DID!

 

It was a perfect day for our Customer Appreciation Day this year! Not too hot, not too windy, good food, nice turnout, we couldn’t have asked for more! If you were able to attend I am sure you will agree the taco cart was a big hit! Great tasting tacos and all the condiments you could dream of (I think the condiments are what makes the difference) ! Thanks to Georgeanne Hulbert (Scott’s mom) for making the great brownies! We appreciated the support of several vendors being on hand to answer your questions and offer coupons for their products and by the pictures you can see we had a great turnout by our customers! We hope you enjoyed yourselves! For those of you that were not able to make it hopefully next year will work for you.

 

 

NAPA / SANTA ROSA FIRES

 

I would like to say thank you to all that reached out on how to help the folks in Napa and Santa Rosa who had to evacuate their animals. Some of you were hands on at the Vallejo Fairgrounds and other sites and many others wanted to send feed and supplies to help out. As a result of some of your Facebook postings we received calls from the bay area all the way to the mid-west from concerned people who wanted to help out! Others of you offered trucking to get the supplies where they needed to go. Still others of you made adjustments with your barns to accept more animals. It was and is a real pleasure to work with such a fine group of customers! Thank you!

 

 

THIS YEAR IS WINDING DOWN...

 

Yep! It is happening. The scorching hot summer has left us, we are starting to get some rain showers, and guess what? It is time to start winterizing our barns, animals, and feed storage areas! Hopefully we will have a normal rainfall year. We have a good supply of different kinds of hay in the barn for you. Most of the quality is really good, the Oat hay is just so so, but we have it for the animals that require it. Straw has become more and more interesting over the past few years. The supply is short which results in much higher prices than we are used to. Alfalfa is creeping upward in price. I repeatedly see in ag reports and articles that the acres of Alfalfa planted has been displaced by the many orchards being planted. I have mentioned before that hay is what I call a true commodity. The price is dictated by demand. If supply is short we must pay more for it. If nobody is buying it, the price works downward. The hay market is very interesting to me. It doesn’t always go the way I think it should. Anyway, as always we will continue to do the best we possibly can to have a good supply of quality product for you.

 

Thanks for your business! Roland

 

September/October Sales

Brian Higby - Thursday, August 31, 2017

 

New Sales for the months of September and October. Check our Sales page for more details. We have sales on...

 

-Absorbine Ultrashield EX

-Farnam Mosquito Halt

-High Country Plastics Tire Feeder

-Farnam Endure Fly Spray

-Farnam Supermask II

-Rubbermaid Brute Contianers

-Annmaet Holistic Dog Food

-Kong Dog Toys

-Integrity Natural Cat Litter

-Kaytee Dried Meal Worms

-Nutro Max Cat Chicken

 

Sales are valid through October 31st, 2017 while supplies last, unless otherwise noted. Hope to see you soon!

 

September/October Newsletter

Brian Higby - Thursday, August 31, 2017

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY SEPT 30 !!!

 

          September is a busy, busy month for us! My granddaughter is getting married and Denise is doing the wedding cake and the flowers..... You know where I will be, helping! One week after that is our store’s Customer Appreciation Day! In April of 1984 we opened up in a 10 x 20 shed that was my Grandmothers old wash-house and later became her tack shed. My Grandfather was a car salesman for Ron Dupratt Ford and also drove tow truck (something that he just loved!) Anyway we built a skid out of old telephone poles and he used the tow truck to drag the shed next door to our property so we would have a building to open up in! Here is what it looked like in 1984!

 

Our Old Feed Store

 

          Over the years we continued to grow to where we are today! Here is an interesting fun fact for you: our original building was 10 x 20...... our newly – designed counter is roughly 10 x 24.....Yes, larger than our original building!!! It was a long time in the designing stage and as a result Scott got pretty much exactly what he wanted as the finished product! We now have enough retail screens to simultaneously ring up four customers!

 

          Anyway Scott, Mari, and Gary are busy getting vendors lined up to be here or have special offerings for that one day! We are going to pay the sales tax for you that day so everybody saves! We are working on getting a taco cart to handle the food. We have asked them to do something for breakfast and then lunch until 3! All in all looks to be another fun day! Mark your calendar! Again that is Saturday, September 30!!

 

FEED AND HAY

 

          The grain market is relatively stable. We are seeing some slight ups and downs but nothing to get excited about. When you think about hay......it is fall already! It is time to start thinking about buttoning things up for winter! We got such a late start this year it hardly seems fair, but it is what it is!

 

2017

 

          This year has been great for us as far as wrapping up projects like repairing some old asphalt parking and putting some new concrete down. Scott and Ryan are redesigning the fencing and gate displays, etc. outdoors. Earlier this year Scott, Mari, and Gary ordered in new shelving and re-set some of our indoor inventory. And the last thing we have a redesigned counter! Most of this took many months, even years of planning to decide exactly how to do it best! Thank you all for being patient with us as we maneuvered through each project!

 

Thanks for your business and see you at Customer Appreciation!

July/August Sales

Brian Higby - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

 

The new specials for July and August are up! Check our the Sales page for more details. We have sales on...

 

-Bronco Equine Fly Spray

-Rugged Ranch Galvanized Feeder

-Easy Peezy Stall Freshener

-Horse Health Ivermectin

-Farnam Supermask II

-Taste of the Wild Dog Food

-FirstMate Canned Dog and Cat Food

-Kong Dog Toys

-OxBow Small Animal Hay

-Kaytee Dried Meal Worms

-LMF Senior and Low Carb Senior

 

Sales are valid through August 31st, 2017 while supplies last, unless otherwise noted. Hope to see you soon!

 

July/August Newsletter

Brian Higby - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

 

HAY REPORT

 

After a late, late start to our hay season I can finally give you an accurate report of how the hay turned out. I was really expecting the Rye and Grain Hay to be “rank”, a term used for hay that is left growing past when it should have been cut. This happens when spring rain prevents cutting the hay and the warmer weather promotes growth. Evidently since the winter continued into April... the Rye and Three Way Grain Hay didn’t have that early spring growth spurt we usually see. The result is these two hays are excellent quality and are feeding quite well. The Oat Hay did get a little larger stemmed but it is still nice and seems to feed well in most instances. We just recently started getting 3rd cutting Alfalfa. We try to have enough of the previous year’s Alfalfa to take us to 3rd cutting. Why not use the new 1st and 2nd cutting Alfalfa? Wouldn’t the new hay be nicer and fresher than last year’s? Well, yes it would be. The problem is that most of the Alfalfa we sell is for horses. 1st cutting Alfalfa is far too rich in protein for horses and may cause digestive issues. 2nd is less rich in protein but is typically higher than later cuttings. The other issue is alfalfa goes dormant during the winter so the weeds can compete and be present especially in the 1st and sometimes into the 2nd cutting. Many of these weeds are noxious weeds and quite damaging if not fatal to horses. Cattle, and to a lesser degree sheep and goats can tolerate these weeds better, and dairy cattle produce more milk when given a higher protein Alfalfa. There you have it in a nutshell why we always hear “use 3rd and 4th cutting for stocking your barn.” The new Mountain Grass and Orchard Alfalfa are just coming in and the quality is bouncing around a bit. Things should stabilize soon. It’s probably too early to say but it is looking like straw may be in short supply this year until the new rice straw comes in in September or so. Overall the nice rainfall we had this past winter seems to have helped the overall quality of the hay. Kind of nice!

 

 

WE HAVE A DATE FOR CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY! SEPTEMBER 30!

 

Mark your calendar! Our annual big event is just around the corner. Join us for good food, good deals, prizes, and who knows what else? This fall is the anniversary of the Grand Opening of our new store in 2008. Can you believe it has been 9 years? We have been in business since 1984...33 plus years! We hope you can join us! Watch for more details!

 

LAKE BERRYESSA STILL NICE AND FULL!

 

A few weeks ago Denise and I took a ride by the dam to take a look at the water level. How nice it was to see the water still within just a few feet of the crest of the glory hole! I thought you might enjoy this picture I took on July 3.

 

Glory Hole

 

 

Thanks for your business!!  Roland

 

 

May Sales

Brian Higby - Friday, May 12, 2017

We're still working on our normal newsletter and Sales coming up.  Here's a couple of deals for the month of May in the mean time.

 

 

Nutri Source Dog Food 33 pound bags and larger are 3 dollars off!

 

 

Mallard Creek Shavings and Beddings are on sale too! Shavings are $5.39 ea, Comfort Blend $4.99 ea, Mini Flakes $4.99 ea, Stall Pellets $4.99 ea, Rice Hulls $6.79 ea.

 

These sales expire May 31st, 2017.

 

Hopefully we'll have more deals soon.  See you at the feed store!

 

On a side note. New Three Way Hay is in and looks great! Come on in and check it out.
 

 


 

March / April Newsletter

Brian Higby - Saturday, March 25, 2017

 

WOW! DID WE GET SOME RAIN!

 

Remember a couple of months ago when we were hoping we would get good rainfall this winter? Wow, did it come through! Our average rainfall here is around 16 inches a year. So far this year we have more than doubled that amount! Lake Berryessa filled up and spilled over the “Glory Hole” (if you didn’t know this is what locals call the spillway for Monticello Dam). At its peak level it was three and a half feet over the top of the Glory Hole! That was several weeks ago, today it is still about six inches over. This has only happened a handful of times since the dam was built in the 50’s. I can remember driving up to witness it spilling over every few years since I was a child. Here is a picture of what it looks like.....quite majestic!

 


 

We needed the rain, but I know it presented a challenge for some of you. It was indeed a lot at one time! The good news is we are out of the drought!

 

FEED AND HAY REPORT

 

Recently livestock feed pricing has inched upward slightly. This is due to rail shipping problems caused by the snow. Hopefully as things settle down prices will move back down. Hay is relatively stable. We have run out of some types, but still have a nice selection for you to choose from. It is too early to say how our new hay crop will turn out. Do you realize in years past we have been cutting hay already in March? This year it looks like it is still a few weeks out. We will just have to hold on and see how things play out!

 

CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

 

Starting this year we have new regulations regarding over the counter antibiotics for treating livestock. Overall this is a good thing if you have followed the rise in human diseases that are resistant to antibiotics. However this does present challenges to raising livestock, as we all have to adjust.

 

Scott and some of our staff have been attending seminars and other discussions on this subject. He is going to share some of what he has learned and hopefully this will benefit you! Thanks again for your continuing business! Roland

 

THE SCOOP ON ANTIBIOTICS

 

On January 1st of this year the USDA implemented new rules governing the use of oral antibiotics in livestock. All medically important antibiotics used in or on feed and in drinking water will now require a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) from your veterinarian, like a prescription. All low dose growth promoting antibiotics are no longer allowed. Our feed suppliers have taken out prohibited antibiotics from their feed and replaced it with approved non medically important antibiotics and coccidiostats, which has made it an easy transition for our customers. Water soluble products, like tetracycline and sulfamethazine that many of our customers have used to treat illness in livestock, now also require a VFD and are no longer available at Higby’s.

 

With these new rules in place we want to remind our customers of the importance of preventing disease and maintaining healthy animals by use of proper animal husbandry practices. Developing a vaccine and deworming program with your Veterinarian and following an appropriate feed, mineral, and supplementation program will help to keep your animals healthy. Clean drinking water is often overlooked but is also extremely important in keeping disease out of your livestock. Also, using probiotics in all animals helps them maintain healthy gut function which enables your livestock to fight disease and remain healthy.

 

We have diligently educated ourselves about the new regulations and have researched products and practices that prevent disease. After our poultry seminar last summer we learned of the importance of vaccinating our chicks at hatching and supplying them with electrolytes and probiotics when they arrive to eliminate the need for treating unhealthy birds with regulated antibiotics. This year all of the chicks we have brought in to sell have been vaccinated and proactively given electrolytes and probiotics. These preventative measures have resulted in very low death loss and extremely healthy birds for our customers. If you have any questions about the new regulations or need help with preventative practices please come in and talk to our knowledgeable staff and we will be sure to help.

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Hope to see you soon! Scott

March / April Sales

Brian Higby - Saturday, March 25, 2017

The new specials for March and April are up! Check our the Sales page for more details. We have sales on...

 

-Speedi-Beet Quick Soaking Beet Pulp Flakes

-Gallagher

-Safe-guard Equine Worming Paste

-Rubbermaid Troughs-select sizes

-Country-Vet Flying Insect Kill System and Metered Refills

-Purina Equine Senior

-PetLock Flea and Tick Prevention Treatment

-Purina Dog Chow Large Breed

-ZuPreem Bird Food

-Nutro Max Adult Cat Food Chicken ~ 16lbs.

-jw Dog Toys

 

Sales are valid through April 30th, 2017 while supplies last, unless otherwise noted. Hope to see you soon!

January/February Newsletter

Brian Higby - Thursday, February 09, 2017

RAIN, RAIN, AND MORE RAIN!

 

The big news recently has to be the rain!  We are over 25 inches so far and it is looking like crossing the 30 inch barrier isn't out of reach.  I was checking the Lake on-line this morning and it has just 8 feet to go before it spills over the "Glory Hole."  If you have never seen this before, it is worth the drive up.  A few more heavy rains and it will be there!  The next newsletter should be around the first of March, I will let you know how it is then!  We are very, very wet, but thankful that we are not seeing any flooding right here at the store.  I hope your places are ok!

 

Glory Hole

 

A LOT GOING ON!

 

With year end paperwork etc. we failed to get the newsletter out on time.  What I decided to do this time, is just put an abbreviated version on our website and then get back to normal with the March/April newsletter.  We have all been very busy here at the store and with our families.  All is well though, and 2016 proved to be an excellent year for us!

 

GRAIN, HAY, AND STEEL PRICES

 

Feed and hay prices are remaining stable and have been like that for several months.  I like that!  Steel, such as fencing, tee posts, and gates etc. is trying to inch up a few percentage points.  We are making some early "Spring Buys" to help us postpone raising prices for the time being.

 

After another good year we want to express our thanks to our customer base!  You make it all happen here......thank you!

 

Roland


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