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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

July / August Sales

Brian Higby - Wednesday, July 04, 2018

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

 

-Farnam Products

-Endure Fly Spray 32oz.

-Endure Fly Spray 50oz EZ Pour

-Apple Elite Electrolytes 5lb tub

-Manna Pro Natural Glow Rice Bran Meal 40lbs

-Manna Pro Renew Gold

-AvoDerm Grain Free Cat Food 2.5lb & 5lb bags

-Zupreem

-PetLock Flea and Tick Control

-JW Dog Toys

-Chicken Soup Dog Food 30lb bags

 

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

July / August Newsletter

Brian Higby - Wednesday, July 04, 2018

 

Save the Date!

 

Customer Appreciation Day Saturday, September 29th

 

UPDATE ON HAY


Here is an update on what our hay looks like. We have some really beautiful 2nd cutting Alfalfa. It is really nice, green, leafy, and small to medium stemmed. Third cutting and later is still our recommendation for stocking your barns with horse Alfalfa and should be available mid July but this 2nd will get you by until that time. The Oat hay is showing a lot of brown grass. It seems to be feeding ok but the Three Way hay looks much nicer and also feeds well. In most cases you probably will choose the Three Way over the Oat. The Rye is average looking and seems to be feeding well. We just got in new Mountain Grass from this year. It looks great! Orchard Alfalfa is still last years but is really nice. Our guess is we will see this year’s Orchard Alfalfa sometime late July. Teff hay should be available again by late July. There it is in a nutshell! Hope this information helps.

 

GRAIN PRICES


This past month showed little movement in grain pricing. I like it when I don’t have to change pricing! The grain forecast is good at the moment which helps keep pricing stable. It is just kind of a wait and see thing from month to month so stay tuned!

 

STEEL

 
Steel covers a lot of items that we sell: Troughs, fencing, gates, dog kennels, panels, t-posts, and more! Pricing on steel is volatile and about all you can say for sure is it will continue to rise! I hope it is good for somebody, it isn’t a good thing for us or our customers.

 

IT’S JULY ALREADY!!!


This year seems like it is really zipping by! We are thankful that we are keeping very busy here at the store. Over the years we have seen all of the circumstances above come and go. We have learned to just roll with the punches and do the best we can for our customers. For example if we have opportunity to save by buying truckloads direct we do so. This year we have ordered more t-posts and wire than we have ever done in the past in an effort to keep hedging the price increases.

 

Scott and I truly appreciate your business!

 

Roland

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

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!


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