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May / June Newsletter

Brian Higby - Monday, May 20, 2019

The 411..

 

     The rain has finally stopped, thank goodness! I know we needed it but man was it wet and miserable around here for a few months. On top of that there was a brief shortage of shavings state wide. On top of the increased demand the manufacturers were not able to extract the raw materials out of the hills because of the weather. With the change in the weather production is back to normal and we are well stocked.

 

     With the nice weather comes the honey do lists and projects. If your list is short and you’re looking for something to add, you want to re-purpose an old trough or need an excuse to buy a new one, we’ve got you covered! With a little inspiration from our friends at Dawson’s Bar and Grill and some help from our friends at Dixon Ace Hardware we made this cool planter box. It can be home to all kinds of flowers, vines or even vegetables. Speaking of vegetables, its time to start getting those planted! Troughs make a great raised bed for them. In other news, we just received a load of new oat hay and by the middle of May we should have new rye, and new 3-way mix (oat, wheat, beardless barley). The new hay I have seen looks beautiful.

 

     It is almost Mayfair time again! We would like to thank all our loyal customers who have trusted us when it comes to feeding and caring for their animals. And wish all the exhibitors the best of luck on show day. FFA and 4-H teach our youth life skills in areas like science, health agriculture and civic engagement. It helps them to grow confidence, independence, resilience and compassion. It teaches good sportsmanship, strong worth ethics and community services. The hands-on approach these programs provide gives young people guidance and tools and empowers them to be true leaders in our community! Please consider supporting them with their projects in the future at the Jr. Livestock Auction by purchasing their animal or making a donation toward the purchase of their animal. Also consider donating to Bids for Kids, a local non-profit dedicated to supporting the FFA, 4-H and Independent Livestock Exhibitors. Bids for Kids is run by volunteers and raises money to buy animals at the Dixon May Fair Livestock Auction as well as the Solano County Jr. Livestock Auction.

 

Did you know?

 

-May was named for Maia the Greek-goddess of fertility. The rodents around here have taken this very seriously!

-May’s birthstone is an Emerald which is emblematic of love and success.

-May was once considered a bad luck month to get married. There was even a poem written that says “Marry in May and you’ll rue the day” Our verdict is still out on this...Scott will have been married for 22 years this month...stay tuned!

-On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was officially opened.

-June 19, 1845, the very first baseball game was played.

-In 2009, June was the 662 most popular girls name.

-June is the month with the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere. June in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to December in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.

 

Thank you for your business!

 

May / June Sales

Brian Higby - Monday, May 20, 2019

Great deals for the months of May and June. Check our Sales page for more details. We have sales on...

 

-Absorbine Ultrashield EX Fly Spray 32oz and Gallon

-Country Vet Mosquito & Fly Spray kit and refill

-Farnam Supermask II Horse Size Only

-Select Senior Horse Feeds : TDI Sr & Equi-Pell Sr

-Nutrisource Select Varieties

-VIP Dog Toys

-Bulk Biscuits

-Kaytee Meal Worms

-May : Mallard Creek Select Products

-June : Powder River 

 

Sales are valid through June 30th, 2019 while supplies last, unless otherwise noted. Hope to see you soon!

March / April Newsletter

Brian Higby - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

 

The 411...

We are proud to announce we are now stocking Integrity Horse Feed. Integrity Feeds is a small family owned business focused on the quality of the ingredients instead of “least cost” or cheapest ingredient mixes. They have a personal commitment to quality and good manufacturing process to make the best horse feed possible, with integrity! We are looking to host an informational night for customers who maybe interested in learning more about this feed. Until then, check out their website at Integrityhorsefeed.com. The website includes a “horse feed selector” which asks you a few simple questions about your horse and then helps you select the most appropriate options based on your answers.

 

Speaking of new products, we have a load of used 2 7/8” pipe in 8’ &10’ lengths. This is a great alternative to wood posts as they last forever! We have all the accessories to hang gates and attach wire to these posts without the need to weld.

 

Chick season is upon us once again. We currently have chicks scheduled to arrive every Thursday through June 27. You can check out our events page on our website to see what is scheduled to arrive each week. We have had a few questions about Newcastle Disease, the highly contagious respiratory disease currently affecting poultry in Southern California. Our hatchery is located in Texas and they assure us their birds have not been exposed and are very healthy.

 

 

Do you have large animals on your property? With the recent wild fires and flooding we have seen as of late, an evacuation or shelter-in-place plan for your large animals is a necessity! SVELT, The Solano Voluntary Emergency Livestock Team is a group of volunteers focused on helping large animal owners prepare and be self-sufficient in evacuating your animals from your property in the event of an emergency affecting Solano County. In addition, they may also be able to help with the transportation of your animals during voluntary evacuations On Sunday March 17, 2019 from 10:30a.m.—2:30p.m. SVELT will be hosting an informational booth here at Higby’s to provide information and schedule visits to properties in Solano County for those interested in developing a plan. Be sure to stop by and talk to them!

 

Are you tired of the rain yet? While it makes for muddy messes, it also makes for greener pastures and some other pretty cool things like the spilling over of Lake Berryessa’s Morning Glory Spillway, the largest drain hole in the world! Last time it spilled over was February of 2017. If you haven’t seen it in action, its worth the short scenic drive!

 

Our hay quantity and quality is in good shape. We have been able to maintain full inventory of all of our different varieties even with all this rain. With regard to hay, and really any large load we encourage our customers to secure and tie down their loads. If you do not have straps and rope we have some for sale. We want all of our customers to have safe loads when leaving the store. To that end, we are more than happy to assist you in securing your load, however, the ultimate responsibility of making sure your load is safe and secure is you, the driver.

 

If you are involved in 4-H and FFA and shop at Higby’s for your animals feed and supply be sure to sign up for your Jr. Livestock Producer Program. In addition to getting a discount on feed you will also receive coupons to save on shavings and show necessities and a cool 2019 limited edition Higby’s hat! Ask our staff how to sign up next time you’re in the store!

 

We are looking for a few good friends...on Facebook! If you haven’t “liked” us yet, please do! We will be using it as a platform to interact with our customers, offer flash sales and notify our customers of special events happening here at the store. We plan to expand to Instagram as well so be sure to give us a follow!


Thank you for your business!

March / April Sales

Brian Higby - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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

 

-Miller Bucket Plastic Flat Back 20qt

-Select Weaver and Horseware Ireland Products

-Horsewear Ireland Dog Coats

-Hands On Grooming Gloves

-smallbatch under 6lbs and Bulk Boxes

-RedDingo ID Tags

-Weruva Cat Food Cans and Cases

-Canidae Dog Food All Life Stages Chicken and Rice

-Kaytee Mealworms

-EGM Sheep Mix and Goat Mix

 

Sales are valid through April 30th, 2019 while supplies last, unless otherwise noted. Hope to see you soon!

January / February Newsletter

Brian Higby - Saturday, January 12, 2019

 

2019 HERE WE GO!

 

As we move into the new year we want to say a special thank you for making 2018 another successful year here at Higby’s. 2018 certainly had it’s challenges with the rising steel prices. If you think about it when you drive in our driveway look around at how much steel we sell! That stuff was all affected by the increased steel costs. Scott did a good job of staying ahead of the price increases and purchasing when there were opportunities to save a few bucks. As a result we even saw increased sales in steel posts, fencing, and gates last year! So let’s take a second and talk about where steel prices are going this year..... Likely we will continue to see price increases until this tariff thing stabilizes. There are likely companies that have been waiting to raise prices and if they see no relief in sight will be forced to go ahead raise them. Of course it is possible the tariffs will go away and eventually steel prices will come down but that will take awhile as everyone works through their higher priced inventories. Anybody care to guess?

 

HAY UPDATE

 

We are doing well on keeping all the different varieties of hay available for you. As of early January it is looking like we should have enough to last through until the new hay season. So what do we have? Alfalfa, Oat, Oat Mix, Rye, Teff, Mountain Grass, Orchard Alfalfa. We also have plenty of Rice Straw and probably enough Wheat Straw to last most of the winter. Sometimes we don’t keep the Wheat Straw here at the store so ask ahead.

 

FEED AND GRAIN UPDATE

 
Good news to report here! The grain market has been relatively stable and looks like it will continue that way in the coming months. That means your bag of grain will stay pretty much the same price for awhile.
 

FEED GREATNESS EVENT

 
At the end of November we raffled off a $500 Orion 65 Cooler. We gave customers one ticket per $100 dollars spent. The winner was Lisa Dage! We have more goodies to raffle off in the future. Watch for details!
 
In closing, all of us here at Higby’s want to thank you for being our customers. You are what makes it all happen here. Scott is always eager to hear any concerns or suggestions you have to help us improve. We still meet weekly to address how we can improve in our customer service. Your input is appreciated!
 
Roland

January / February Sales

Brian Higby - Saturday, January 12, 2019

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

 

-Forco

-Miller Durafork

-Taste of the Wild Dog Food 28lbs and larger

-Redmond Rock Natural Equine Mineral

-CoFlex 4"

-Kaytee Mealworms

-VIP Dog Toys

-Zupreem Bird Food

-First Mate Dry Cat Food

-Sweet Cob

-LMF Senior

 

 

Sales are valid through February 28th, 2019 while supplies last, unless otherwise noted. Hope to see you soon!

November / December Sales

Brian Higby - Friday, November 09, 2018

 

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

 

     -Purina Feed Greatness Sale Nov 24-30

     -Noble Outfitters Muds Boots

     -First Companion Sand Purge

     -Horsemen's Pride Treats and Toys

     -Professional+ Dog Food

     -Carefresh

     -NutriSource Cat Food

     -Dog Houses - Indigo/Dogloo/Barnhome 3

     -ChuckIt! Dog Toys

     -Kids Toys

 

Sales are valid through December 31st, 2018 while supplies last, unless otherwise noted. Hope to see you soon!

 

November / December Newsletter

Brian Higby - Thursday, November 08, 2018

 

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY SUCCESS!

 

We want to thank everyone who came to our Customer Appreciation Day! The weather turned out perfect, the food was great, many of you won prizes, and we all had a great day! We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did!

 

FEED GREATNESS EVENT

 

We are doing a Feed Greatness Event the end of November. Many Purina horse feeds will be discounted from Nov 24 thru 30 (see ad in this newsletter)! On the 30th there will be a drawing for an Orion 65 Cooler ($500 value)! All thru November you can get one ticket for every $100.00 spent to put into the drawing!

 

HAY AND GRAIN REPORT

 

Here is an update on how we are doing with hay. Alfalfa Hay is good quality and we have plenty. Oat, Oat Mix, and Rye are not very flashy this year but they are all feeding well. Mountain Grass is really nice right now! The Orchard Alfalfa is running 30 percent alfalfa and higher, it kind of varies from load to load. We struggled with Teff early on but landed on a good batch that is put away in a barn for us. As the winter progresses keep checking as we probably do not have enough Teff to last thru the entire winter. We are in that time of year that we would expect the hay prices to inch upward as we move to barn stored hay for the winter. Overall not a bad report when it comes to hay! Grain prices are relatively stable. Some of the milks just took an increase and bird seed pricing is always volatile.

 

STEEL

 

Steel is still crazy. Tariffs and freight costs have been taking their toll. We hope this all stabilizes soon.

 

Thank you all for your loyalty! We truly do appreciate your business!

 

Roland, Scott and staff

September / October Sales

Brian Higby - Tuesday, September 11, 2018

 

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

 

-Absorbine Showsheen Original Hair Polish and Detangler

-Country Vet Mosquito & Fly Spray Automatic Control Kit & refills

-The Missing Link Equine Supplements

-Canidae Pure ancestral

-Kaytee Mealworms

-Midwest Dog Crates

-Busy Buddy Dog Toys

-Avo Derm Grain Free Cat Food 2.5lbs & 5lbs

-Lots more sales coming up on September 29th!

 

Sales are valid through October 31st, 2018 while supplies last, unless otherwise noted. Hope to see you soon!

 

September / October Newsletter

Brian Higby - Tuesday, September 11, 2018

 

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY THIS MONTH!!!

 

          Mark your calendars...it’s time for Higby’s customer appreciation day again ... Saturday September 29th. Like before, we will have food and goodies all day long. The Taco cart was such a hit last year we have invited the same vendor back again! If you missed last year we started off with breakfast burritos in the morning and after they were gone chicken, beef, or pork tacos! In my opinion what made these so good was he also has all the condiments available for you to add. They were excellent!

 

          Scott’s mom is making her famous brownies and more goodies! Denise will surprise us with her snacks later in the day. She is already talking about meat balls with a special sauce, shrimp fresh off the bbq and who knows what else! Mari and Gary have lined up vendors to be on hand to answer your questions and no doubt many will have coupons!! Higby’s is paying the sales tax for you on the 29th, that day only so don’t miss it! We are running the Purina Checkerboard Days promotion on that day as well so watch for extra discounts on your favorite Purina feed and we still pay the sales tax! There will be many other deals, etc. so it will be worth your while to come!

 

          Last but not least we will have raffle prizes. You can start entering your name for the prizes all month long! We have a nice selection of prizes to give away. I know I must have missed something but we want you to know we really appreciate our customers and this is your special day! Thank you!

 

STEEL PRICES

 

          Anything made of steel is continuing to be hit with price increases. Items we sell that are affected are fencing, gates, cattle handling equipment, steel panels, t-posts, water troughs, livestock feeders, and anything else that has any metal or steel in it. The only way we have to combat this is to keep well stocked so that we can stave off the price increases as long as we can. We tend to not increase our prices until we place orders for the new higher priced inventory. Thanks for your understanding.

 

HAY

 

          If you haven’t stocked up your barns yet it is September! Don’t wait too long! When the days get shorter and nights cool off the alfalfa starts being higher in protein and then we are competing with the dairy cow market.

 

Thank you for continuing to put Higby’s on the map! We appreciate you!

Roland and Scott


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