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May/June Sales

Brian Higby - Tuesday, May 08, 2018

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

 

-Ultrashield EX Fly Spray Gallon

-Ultrashield EX Fly Spray Quart

-Ultrashield Fly Masks

-SWAT Clear and Original 

-Ulcerguard

-Kaytee Mealworms

-Taste of the Wild Dog Food 28lb and 30lb bags

-Kong Dog Toys

-Miller 20qt Flat Back Buckets

-Midwest Dog Crates

-SmallBatch Freeze Dried Dog Treats

-Shavings

 

Sales are valid through June 30th, 2018 while supplies last, unless otherwise noted. Hope to see you soon!

May/June Newsletter

Brian Higby - Tuesday, May 08, 2018

NEW SUNDAY HOURS! 10 am—4 pm Starting May 13th

 

 

WE GOT MORE RAIN!

 

If you remember the last newsletter we were looking forward to a rain event that would push us over 10 inches of rain for this season. We exceeded that and are now over 12 inches! Still well below normal, but for now it is all good. That’s good news for the Oat and Rye hay. I know the hot days are coming soon, so enjoy this mild weather while it lasts! Of course we have no control but as we get into May they will be cutting grain and grass hay. Let’s hope the rain doesn't come visiting then! Any rain as it gets close to harvest time diminishes the quality of the hay and too much will actually render it unfit for horses .... such critical timing! Farmers have to have stomachs of iron to face weather that is beyond their control. Really we don’t consider hay to be horse quality until it is cut, baled, and put into the barn all without any rain .... a 2 to 3 week process! That’s a lot to ask!

 

FEED AND GRAIN MARKETS

 

Some feed, especially higher protein feed that uses soybean as a protein source continues to inch upward. Some of these have actually seen increases ranging from 25 to 75 cents per bag. I wish we didn't have to raise prices but unfortunately we have to follow the grain markets. Hay prices are holding strong, but it is too early to forecast what they will do once the new crop becomes available sometime toward the end of May. Remember, since the majority of our hay is sold for horses, we try to have enough of last year’s Alfalfa to last until 3rd cutting. Why? 1st cutting Alfalfa is far too rich in protein for horses and can lead to colic. It makes excellent dairy cow hay because high protein results in higher milk production, in fact dairies will pay a premium for this high protein hay. The same is true for dairy goats, but be careful! In years past I have seen dairy goats have difficulties when switching from lower protein 3rd or 4th cutting Alfalfa to 1st cutting. If at all possible make this change gradually. Also for our sensitive horses, the 1st and 2nd cutting Alfalfa is where you will find more noxious weeds. By 3rd and 4th cutting (your best bet for Alfalfa for horses), the weeds can’t compete with the rapid Alfalfa growth due to warmer weather and longer days. Often, customers wonder with all the pretty new green Alfalfa in the fields, why are we still selling last years hay? Now you understand why!

 

STEEL

 

Steel pricing is close to being out of control! We have made some early purchases to hedge the price increases as much as possible but it is going up. If you need a new gate, fence, or anything steel I suggest buying it sooner than later! Hope this information helps.

 

Thank you all for your business! Roland

March / April Sales

Brian Higby - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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

 

-Triple Crown Horse Supplements (Essential Omega Blend - 1 Gallon and Natural Golden Flax - 25lbs.)

-Mallard Creek Poultry Bedding

-Natural Glow Stabilized Rice Bran Meal 40lbs.

-Gallagher Electronet 35' x 165'

-Horse Health Ivermectin DeWormer Apple Flavor

-Canidae ALS 44lbs.

-Carefresh Natural Animal Bedding 60L bags

-Integrity Natural Cat Litter 25lbs.

-RedDingo Identification Tags.

-Paby GPS Pet Tracker

-Triple Crown Horse Feeds, ask about the frequent buyer program too!

-And come check out our new selection of Andis Clippers and Blades!

 

Sales are valid through April 30th, 2018 while supplies last, unless otherwise noted. Hope to see you soon!

March / April Newsletter

Brian Higby - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

 

ON THE BRINK OF SPRING!

 

Just a month ago it was looking pretty bleak for our winter rainfall totals. Today, as I write this newsletter, it has improved but it doesn’t look like we will be anywhere close to normal. There is a nice rain event forecast for this week that may push us over 10 inches for the year. The normal rainfall for Dixon is around 16 inches and last year we had double that! At this point we can just be thankful for what we get and hope when the spring hay crops start being cut it doesn’t rain all over it! We have experienced some wild swings in temperature which is making some of our animals susceptible to pneumonia. Keep an eye on them!

 

FEED AND GRAIN MARKETS

 

We have enjoyed an extended period of stability in the grain market. Now things are starting to move upward. One factor causing this is drought conditions in Argentina leading to soybean futures hitting an 18 month high. This may influence growers to plant more soybeans which could lead to a drop in corn acres planted which will put pressure on the corn price. In April we will have been in business for 34 years! We have seen this sort of fluctuation many times!

 

The same sort of thing is happening with Alfalfa hay. As you drive the freeway, and especially rural roads you see more and more orchards being planted. Guess what? Less Alfalfa hay. Less planted Alfalfa = higher priced hay, it’s as simple as that! As of right now we have a wide assortment of hay choices for you. Oat hay is the one variety we may be getting low on. If your animal must have Oat and nothing else it might be wise to pick up enough to last through May or so.

 

NOW LET’S TALK ABOUT STEEL

 

Why? Steel is the stuff gates, water troughs, fencing, and posts are made of. We are experiencing price increases and in some cases multiple increases from some suppliers. To keep ahead we just ordered a full truck load of wire, and a full truck load of t-posts. This too we have seen over the years. I remember years ago talking with a salesman when steel prices were escalating at an alarming rate. I told him these companies were going to price themselves out of the market! He disagreed. Later when steel came down these companies were forced to sell their inventories below cost to get back into the market! Rough times! Anyway it is what it is!

 

As always we appreciate very much, our customer base and look forward to providing you with the best customer experience we possibly can! Thanks!

 

Roland

January / February Newsletter

Brian Higby - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

 

ARE YOU READY FOR 2018??

 

     Isn’t it amazing how fast the years go by? It seems like just last week we were starting 2017 and here we are already into 2018 looking for our first decent rain event! After starting out this winter with a few nice light rains December ends up being one of the driest on record! Let’s hope things turn around in January. We need rain to keep the pastures growing and so we can have hay in the spring! Due to the lack of cattle pasture, pressure is being put on the hay market. I know it is too early to get overly concerned but...

 

     Here in the store things are going well. The 2017 year end sales were strong and keeps all of us here smiling! We appreciate all your support! Preparing for the new year we are placing several orders to replenish our inventory so we are doing our part to support the economy!

 

MEET AND GREET WITH DR. JASON BRAVOS, DVM

 

     On January 1, 2018 the State of California enacted a new law requiring a prescription for all medically important antibiotics used in the livestock and equine industry. With this new law in effect we are no longer able to sell antibiotics. In anticipation of this change, we have spent many hours researching the best ways to help our customers transition to the new law.

 

     A local multi-species veterinarian, Dr. Jason Bravos, has offered to come to our store on Saturday, January 27th from 2 pm – 4 pm to meet customers that need to establish a required Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship. Establishing a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship before the need arises can help ensure that when your animals need a veterinarian they can be diagnosed quickly and treated appropriately.

 

CURIOUS HOW THE HAY MARKET IS?

 

     For the most part all the hay is pretty good right now. We have Alfalfa, Oat, Three Way, Rye, Teff, Orchard/Alfalfa, and Mountain Grass! Out of all those you probably can find something that will work for you. Supply is good on all the above except we won’t make it through winter with the Three Way. Like I mentioned already the lack of pasture is putting pressure on the local hay market and the prices are reflecting that. We will keep doing the best we can for you!

 

PROJECTS FOR THIS YEAR?

 

     Last year was a big one for wrapping up concrete work around here! It really makes it nice and smooth for the forklifts and cuts down on mud or rocks being tracked onto the parking area. One of the best things we ever bought is a heavy duty 5 foot broom that attaches to the front of our forklifts. This thing really does the job and saves hours of sweeping! This year there is still a couple of barn modifications you will see happen. We will be closing the ends of a couple of roofed areas to keep the rain from blowing in. Nothing major here but it will make things a lot easier for us.

 

We would like to thank you again for your business and supporting what we do here at Higby’s!

 

Roland

January/February Sales

Brian Higby - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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

 

 

          -Nutro Max Cat Adult Chicken 16 lb

          -Propane

          -12' Powder Creek Panels

          -Forco

          -AvoDerm Dog Food

          -Muds Waterproof Boots

          -Dirty Dog Door Mat

          -JW Dog Toys

          -Vera Dog Treats

          -New Everyday Low Prices for Purina Equine Sr and Strategy GX

 

 

Sales are valid through February 28th, 2018 while supplies last, unless otherwise noted. Hope to see you soon!

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!


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