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March / April Newsletter

Brian Higby - Saturday, March 25, 2017




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!




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!




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




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.


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


-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



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




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!




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!



November / December Sales

Brian Higby - Friday, November 25, 2016

The new specials for Nov/Dec are up! Check our the Sales page for more details. We have sales on...


     -Muckboot Company Mudboots

     -Powder Creek 12' Panels

     -German Horse Muffins

     -Sand Purge Psyllium Pellets

     -PetLock Flea and Tick Prevention

     -California Natural Dog Food

     -Zukes Dog Treats

     -Kaytee Dried Mealworms

     -Evo Premium Dog Food

     -Assorted Kids Toys

     -Purina Equine Feeds


Sales are valid through December 31st, 2016 while supplies last, unless otherwise noted. Hope to see you soon!

November / December Newsletter

Brian Higby - Friday, November 25, 2016




     It is hard to believe it but it is almost December! In fact by the time you receive your newsletter it will be. Here at the store it has been a busy year! We have finally finished up with the fire sprinkler company. When we built the new store in 2008 we needed fire sprinklers to meet code. Did you catch that? Yes it has been over 8 years that we have been in the new store! At that time, code allowed us to have an audible alarm on the front of the store and no further monitoring. We just added some storage areas on both sides of our feed barn and now code required all that to be equipped with fire sprinklers as well. The code now says our system has to be monitored so now we have audible alarms everywhere and the fire department will be called if the system is tripped. This is all good stuff, it just costs a lot of money...but it is all done now and we are on-line! I think they call this progress...


     We probably won’t get it done this year but we will be adding two more point of sale registers at our front counter. To start with we will probably just do credit card transactions at these two additional work stations and that will help tremendously because 85 to 90 per cent of all our sales transactions are on plastic! I think they call this progress too!..We will be expanding our counter area which will help you get your product and go more quickly.


     As December comes to a close, we will be working on getting the year end inventory counts for tax season. Keeps us busy but it is all good!




     The end of October we started getting some nice rain events. Not a lot to measure yet, but a nice start! I hope the storms keep on coming. At least the pastures and hills are greening up...beautiful!




     Everything is stable with feed prices at the moment. There are always fluctuations in the bird seed markets, but corn, oats and the like are stable. Hay took an expected small increase as all the hay started coming out of the barns. It appears for now anyway, that there shouldn’t be any surprises as we work through winter. I say this tongue in cheek, because plenty of times the market has drastically changed in a relatively short time.


     I just ordered a fill in load of wire. Recently we also filled in with a partial load of t-posts. Everything is stable there too! I like it this way! Hope it continues...




     Thanks to all of you that made our Customer Appreciation Day a success! We really enjoyed it! The day was near perfect, Scott’s pulled pork made excellent sandwiches, and the best part is all the staff enjoyed visiting with many of you on that special day! We noted that not only was this a way for us to show our customers how much we appreciate them, but it made the staff feel like they were an integral part of what we do here. And why not! They are indeed! We feel that we currently have one of the best crews we have had in a long time.


     Scott and I are always ready and willing to listen to your ideas on how we can do better! Mari, Gary, Scott, and I (occasionally Dana and others join us) have meetings every Thursday morning to review how we might be able to improve our customer service. We try to think of experiences we have had at any place that offers customer service. We then share what impressed us or what was irritating. We then try to prevent the negative things from happening here and of course make sure we make the positive ones happen! If you have a suggestion please pass it along!


Thanks as always for your continued business!



September/October Newsletter

Brian Higby - Friday, September 30, 2016



          It’s almost here.....mark your calendars! We are having our annual Customer Appreciation Day Saturday October 8th! There will be goodies all day long so set aside a little time to come enjoy the fun! On the 8th we will pay your sales tax for you! We have received items from our vendors to use as door prizes and there will be some manufacturer representatives here with more deals! We will be serving Denise’s home made creations and Scott’s awesome BBQ on the new patio in our front yard! This is our main event of the year and we really enjoy it. Why? It gives us the opportunity to say thanks to all of you for being our customers.




          The roof structures are up, but we are still working hard on the finishing touches to get ready for winter! Wow! Can you believe it? It’s that time! Time to find room in the barn for all those items that were just fine sitting outside all Summer long. We have had a few struggles with getting the sprinkler system to pass test. I think we are just about there..... I hope so anyway! Once that is done I will feel comfortable pouring a little concrete that will make things much nicer this winter. Then... we will be truly ready for winter! Denise reminds me... “are we ever ready?”




           This year’s hay season is coming to a close. Soon all that will be available is what is in the barn. How do we look this year? The Oat, Oat Mix, and Rye hay all were affected by late rain this spring resulting in a crop that might not be as shiny as some recent years. Between these three types of hay, most of you have been able to find one that works for your situation. It is interesting that out of the three Rye seems to be the best looking. However your horses might prefer one of the others! We just have to let our animals be the final judge....

          Alfalfa is excellent, Mountain Grass is probably the best it has ever been, and Orchard Alfalfa is working well. It looks like there might be a slight price increase as we move to barn stored hay, but overall I don’t expect prices to be excessively high this winter.




           Livestock feed is really reasonable right now. It did some shifting down, then up, and now finally down. It looks to remain stable for a while now.

Well that’s it for now! Again, we look forward to seeing you at our Customer Appreciation Day October 8th!!! DON’T MISS IT!


          Thanks for your business!



September / October Sales

Brian Higby - Friday, September 30, 2016

The new sales for Sep/Oct are up! Check our the Sales page for more details. We have sales on...


-BBQ Pellets

-Galvanized Garbage Cans

-Showsheen Hair Polish and Detangler

-Apple Elite Electrolytes

-Kong Pet Toys

-Verus Life Advantage Dog Food

-Ox Bow Small Animal Products

-Annamaet Adult 23%

-Fussie Cat food

-Buthcher's Block Bones

-Purina Equine Senior


Sales are valid through October 31st, 2016 while supplies last, unless otherwise noted. Hope to see you soon!

August Sales

Brian Higby - Sunday, August 07, 2016


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


-Cats Incredible Klumping Kitty Litter

-The Squirrelinator Traps

-Old Mother Hubbard Bulk Dog Biscuits 

-Kong Pet Toys

-Float Valves

-LMF Equine Feeds

-Avo Derm Grain Free Dog Food

-Y-Tex Insecticide Ear Tags

-Speedi Beet Pulp Flakes

-Ultrashield EX

-Country Vet Mosquito & Fly Automatic Spray


Sales are valid through August 31st, 2016 while supplies last, unless otherwise noted. Hope to see you soon!


August Newsletter

Brian Higby - Sunday, August 07, 2016




          Doesn’t it just feel like this year is flying by? We have had several projects going on here to keep me busy! For example finishing up our front yard conversion from lawn to a patio and pathways. To conserve water all the plants are under drip irrigation. The entire project took about 9 months and we are still putting the final touches on it. I felt like I needed a deadline to help me get motivated on this project so we scheduled with Kirk Atkins to do a Farriers Clinic and demonstration on proper hoof care to be held on the not yet finished patio! That did the trick, along with not wanting to be stuck working on the project in weather like we are having today....106 degrees! We got the patio ready and the seminar was a great success with around 65 attending. Kirk is now retired from UCD and owns Ethiquotics, supplier of horseshoeing tools and specialty shoes. If you missed this seminar and you have a chance to attend one of his lectures it is time well spent. He was the Farrier at UCD for many years and had the benefit of seeing X-rays before and after he worked on a horses hooves! How many farriers have this benefit? This gives him special insight on horseshoeing and he enjoys sharing it! Good stuff!


Here are a few pictures of some of you enjoying the seminar.........


Farriers ClinicKirk Atkins 



          Other projects we are still busy with are the addition of a breezeway cover between our hay and feed barns, installing the fire sprinkler system for it, and still in progress is the installation of the sprinkler monitoring system now required by code. Whew! Almost done!




          In past newsletters I have discussed Market Reports and how they influence feed prices. In a nutshell a little negative news and prices climb, much the same way that negative news causes the Stock Market to decline. Normally feed prices quickly rise and are slow to come down. Recently the corn and especially soybean (protein) prices began climbing. A positive report came out and products with corn quickly came down, items that contained soybean probably will come down in the next month or so. Good news for any that buy feed. Hay prices are stable and lower than in previous years. Alfalfa and Rye quality are good. Oat and Three Way (Oat Mix) are lower quality than other years....having some yellowing and thick stems due to late rains. The Mountain Grass is some of the best we have ever seen, and the price on this hay still is high. Orchard Alfalfa is good quality.




          Recently we had our first Chicken Seminar. We had a group of 30 or so that enjoyed hearing Dr. Maurice Pitesky DVM from UCD talk about small flock health and diseases. This proved to be a quite educational evening and was well worth attending. I learned a lot! We will have to do it again!

The next event will be in October.....our annual Customer Appreciation Day! This is our yearly big event where we pay the sales tax for the day! We will have the usual goodies and Denise will be wowing everyone with her inventive appetizers! This is always a lot of fun for us and a great way for us to thank all our customers!

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Thank you for your business!!!!!









May / June Newsletter

Brian Higby - Tuesday, May 17, 2016




     It’s hard to believe but spring is winding down and blink your eyes....it will be summer! The off and on showers we have been receiving in between some rather warm days have me confused as to what time of year it is. Anyway, some things to think about ..... It might be a good idea to tackle that fencing or repair project you have been putting off before the weather really turns hot! Next time you come in the Feed Store driveway check out my landscaping project! Two years ago we stopped watering the front lawn so it has looked kind of dismal. Last fall we finally poured a stamped concrete patio and now we are almost finished with the whole project! Wow, am I ready to be done!


     I think it is looking better than it has ever looked too! It has been a fun and rewarding project. Since I am not a landscaper we have been kind of making things up as we go. Denise and I had the basic vision of what we wanted but it has changed quite a bit from the original plan, in a good way I think. For example we would be thinking of a certain plant or bush, consult with our friends at Lemuria Nursery out on Serpa Lane who would advise us against certain plants that won’t do well in our area. Also I don’t want any more plants that take off and require constant pruning or they get out of control! Lemuria always guides us in making the right choices! By the time you get this newsletter ( yes, it is a bit late! ), unless you read it on our website we will have had our first event on the patio. Kirk Adkins will put on a Horseshoeing Clinic May 22. That is a Sunday from 3-6. We have some nice refreshments planned.....be there! Kirk headed up the Farrier Dept. at UCD VMTH for many years. We are looking forward to his expert advice!


     With the days warming up I have one more reminder. The shelf life of feed, especially feed with molasses in it is much shorter during the warmer part of the year. If your feed is stored in cans or barrels make sure it can breathe by leaving the lid a little loose and not allowing direct sunlight to hit it. If there is any moisture in it at all the heat causes it to sweat, and mold sets in quickly. Be careful how much you buy so that you can use it all up in 30 days or less.




     The new crop grain and grass hay is coming off. The good news for consumers is the price is going to be good. The bad news is with all the late showery weather the hay is slightly yellowed. This is an unavoidable result of rain showers on standing hay that is close to maturity, and it is worse if the hay is lying in the windrow. Sometimes this affects whether the animals like the hay, other times it doesn’t. We haven’t had it long enough to get a report back. There is more hay coming off and of course we will continue looking for the best quality we can. On Alfalfa hay we always carry enough over to avoid using first cutting. You do not want first cut Alfalfa for horses, it is too hot (high in protein) and has the potential to contain noxious weeds. We try to not use new hay until late 2nd/3rd cutting. The Orchard Alfalfa and Mountain Grass Hay won’t be ready for another month or so they aren’t affected by the late showers like our local hay. Stay tuned...




     Other than some slight adjustments up or down, things have been very steady for several months in the grain and steel markets. We just purchased a load of Red Brand Wire at or below last year’s pricing, and it is going out of here fast!




     You might have noticed Victor hasn’t been around. Over a month ago he was doing a project at home and thought he bruised or broke some ribs. It got so bad he went to the E.R. where they discovered a large infection around his ribs, full of pus. He had at least three procedures to remove some of the pus and last I heard has drainage tubes in his rib area. He applied for disability and will probably be off for awhile. Hope he gets better soon!


Thanks for your business!



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