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May / June Sales

Brian Higby - Thursday, April 30, 2015

Can you believe it? It's the first and our sales are ready! Look at the Sales page to see what's discounted. We have sales on........

 

 

-All Justin and Ariat Boots

-Farnam Super Masks

-Rubbermaid Carts

-Showsheen

-Ultrashield Insect Control

-Nutro Natural Choice Adult Lamb and Rice

-Iams Cat Original

-PetLock Plus

-Stella & Chewy's Meal Mixers

-Mallard Creek Shavings & Bedding

-Assorted "Endcap" specials

 

 

Sales are valid through June 30th 2015 while supplies last, unless otherwise noted. We look forward to seeing you soon!

March/April Sales

Brian Higby - Friday, March 06, 2015

We did a little better this month.  Our Sales are ready. Head over to our Sales page to see what's discounted. We have sales on........

 

-All Justin and Ariat Boots

-Wahl Pocket Pro Clippers

-Apple Elite Elecrolyte 5lb Bucket

-Apple Elite Paste

-Safegaurd Equine Wormer

-Greenies Dog Treats

-Nutro Max Cat

-Pure Vita

-Dried Meal Worms

-Liberty 50 Plus IGR Spot

-Purina Equine Senior

 

Sales are good through April 30th 2015 while supplies last. Hope to see you at the feedstore!

March/April Newsletter

Brian Higby - Friday, March 06, 2015

CATCHING UP!

 

     Wow! Seems like just a couple of weeks since the last newsletter! ...... Wait! ......... Oh! It was just a couple of weeks ago! We kind of got overwhelmed by the busy nature of our business as we started the New Year and got behind.

 

     Well, now we are catching up! We are still going through the pains of integrating our Quick Books P.O.S. and Financial but we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Whew! We got our tax information to our CPA in plenty of time to meet the March 15 filing date for Corporations.

 

     About two weeks ago we had a really nice event featuring Dr. Nancy Martin DVM. She addressed a number of topics related to canine health and nutrition. We had a light dinner and some nice appetizers all prepared by Higby’s Staff. Many who attended made comments about how informative the talk was and how much they enjoyed the event overall. This was the first seminar we have ever done that was related to pets. Of course as you know we have done many about horses! We may just have to do more in the future! Dr. Martin is well respected in the cattle world as well as with pets. Thought I would throw that in as some of you may not know that she works the large animals with the local ranchers as well! Thanks again to Nancy for helping us put on such a nice event!

 

WE HAVE GONE SOLAR!



 

     Last December we had a 10K solar array installed. It has reached the point that it is cost effective to put solar in. Add that to the 30 percent tax rebate available and it made total sense to have it installed. DG Electric (Dan Granillo) did a beautiful job installing the unit at a very competitive price. He also completed the installation in time for us to get the tax write off in on our 2014 taxes (the rebate is available in 2015 as well). The general feeling is this rebate will not be renewed because it makes financial sense to install Solar even if there is no tax incentive. We decided to put the unit on the ground as opposed to on the roof so we could keep the panels clean, etc. without climbing on top of the store and slipping and sliding around on the metal roof. I already took a good fall about 22 years ago.....don’t need to do that again!

 

BUSINESS IN GENERAL

 

     We got our truckloads of T-posts and Red Brand Wire late February. Something to note is when you buy Red Brand fencing from us you are entitled to a rebate and your purchase helps increase an annual check Red Brand sends to Dixon FFA. This is called Red Brand’s Homegrown program and you can look it up on Red Brand’s Website. Click on Homegrown and type our zip code in and we will pop up. The rebate form is there and we also have them in the store. To enroll in this program we make a 750 dollar annual donation to the National FFA Association and Red Brand does the rest! Nice program!

 

 

Thanks for all your support over the past 30 years! 

 

Roland

Last minute Sale! Helen's Best Layer Pellet

Brian Higby - Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Helen's Best Layer Pellet 50# is on sale $1 off, through March 15th 2015.  Normal price is $17.99.  It's a great feed for your chickens featuring:

 

- Balanced Protein and Energy

- Enzymes - Increases utilization of the feed

- Yeast - Increases the good bacteria in the gut

- Chelated Minerals - To achieve maximum absorption

- Flax - Omega 3 fatty acids to strengthen the immune system

- Sel-Plex - Digestible source of selenium

- Odoraize - Lowers the ammonia content of the manure = less manure smell

- Calcium - For shell integrity

- 1/8" pellet - Ease in consumption with the benefits of a pellet

 

All of this means your chickens are healthier and will lay better. The eggs will be more consistent in size (lessons the chance for egg binding) and you'll have a cleaner egg.

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January/February Sales

Brian Higby - Thursday, February 05, 2015

Finally!! Our January/February Sales are posted! Head over to our Sales page to see what's discounted. We have sales on........

 

-Galvanized Garbage Cans

-Equine Ivermectin

-Farriers Formula

-CoFlex Bandages

-Wahl Pro Series Plus Cordless Clippers

-Nutrena Safe Choice

-Horse Blankets and Rain Sheets

-Winter Dog Coats and Sweaters

-Dried Meal Worms

-Blitz Dog Food Treats

-Winter Riding Apparel

 

Sales are good through Feb 28th 2015 while supplies last. Hope to see you at the feedstore!

January/February Newsletter

Brian Higby - Thursday, February 05, 2015

MORE GROWTH IN 2014 - First, I have to thank you all for making 2014 another successful year for Higby’s Feed! We do not take this for granted in today’s economy. As I said in the previous newsletter we made some changes toward the end of last year on our inventory and accounting procedures. For several reasons our goal is to have an accurate, up to date number on our inventory levels. The benefit to you is this helps us to have the product you need when you need it! The disadvantage is it makes us a little less flexible in how we do our paperwork. For our inventory control to work properly items must pass through our books in a timely manner, there is no other option. I guess it is just part of being a growing company. Anyway we are trying to make this transition “business as usual” as much as we possibly can. Thank you for your patience!

 

HAY AND FEED MARKETS

 

Our hay supply and pricing has been relatively stable. So far we are keeping all the different varieties we stock on hand. That includes Alfalfa, Orchard/Alfalfa, Oat, Oat Mix (3 way), Rye, Teff , and of course Mountain Grass. Not a bad selection! Some feed items seem to inch up while others come slightly down. Nothing earth shattering except for once in a while some ingredient in a bird seed mix will skyrocket in price. The pelleted feeds such as Stable Mix are inching upward but that is normal in the winter time.

 

STEEL MARKET


We are making some early buys on T posts and Wire to help us remain competitive in the fencing market. For the time being pricing is stable. Some of the gate companies are having small increases in a month or so. It looks to be a good year!

 

PET FOOD SEMINAR

 

We have another seminar planned! On Feb 19 at 6pm we would like to invite you to join us in welcoming our longtime friend Dr. Nancy Martin DVM of East Meets West Veterinary Services as our guest speaker. She will teach us how the correct balance of food and supplements contribute to a healthier dog. Discover how canines process and use proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Thinking about supplementing your dog’s diet? Dr Martin will discuss vitamin, mineral, and joint supplements. She will tell us about digestive and gut health and explain the role of omega fatty acids. This event requires you to sign up.... seating is limited. There is no cost to you to attend. Sign up by Tuesday Feb 17th! Look forward to seeing you there! 

 

Thanks again for your business!!!!

 

ROLAND

Do you have your horse covered? Does your horse need to be covered? Winter is here and it’s going to be cold.

Brian Higby - Thursday, November 27, 2014

Horse BlanketsNowadays, horse blankets come in all varieties of sizes, shapes, and colors. From stylish, to well……at least it covers your horse.

 

How do you choose a good horse blanket? Believe it or not, horses have a natural mechanism to keep themselves warm. As winter approaches, they begin to shed their summer coat, and start growing their fuzzy winter coat. Their skin begins to produce more body oils helping to create a natural protection to moisture and cold. Much like many hairy creatures, when they get cold, the hairs stand up, crosses, and traps air next to the skin. The air gets heated by the body heat or stored heat from the sun, and then creates a little barrier of protection from the cold. When we blanket our horse, we remove that protection by flattening the hair. So if you put a thin blanket with no added warmth, your horse could actually be colder than without it. Buying a good quality rug, for the right conditions is very important.

So why do we even need to use horse blankets? In the “wild” don’t they survive just fine with that winter coat? Well, the answer is yes. In the wild, horses have more freedom. When the weather goes south, they can usually find shelter to fit their needs.

So what about our modern day horses in captivity? There are several factors to consider. First of all, every horse should always have access to shelter. We should never use a blanket or rug to substitute shade and shelter. That being said, usually just having shelter is enough for younger, heartier horses. But nowadays horses are living much longer than they used too, thanks to the supplements, feed, veterinary care available today, and of course the adoring love of their owners. As our horses get older, they may need a little help to stay warm with a blanket or rug. Aside from older horses, there are also some breeds that have more sensitive skin than others, and could benefit from a little protection from the elements.

Blanketing a horse though, isn’t as simple as put it on and forget. When buying a horse blanket, fit is very important. A badly fitting rug can affect its effectiveness to keep your horse warm/dry. If the rug is too small it can create problems with rubbing, and restriction of movement. If it’s too big, it can slip and twist and cause injury or other problems. As was mentioned in the beginning of the article, if the blanket is too thin, the horse could be colder, but also, if the blanket is to thick, it can cause the horse to sweat and become chilled.

In the end, every horse is different, but horse blankets and rugs can be a great aid to keeping your horse happy and healthy. If you need help finding the right blanket for your horse, give us a call, or come visit us in the store and we’ll be happy to help you.

Closed Thanksgiving Day!

Brian Higby - Friday, November 21, 2014

We just wanted to let you know we will be closed November 27, Thanksgiving day.  Thanks for your understanding.  We will re-open Friday, November 28 at 8:00 a.m. See you then!

November/December Sales

Brian Higby - Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Finally!! Our November/December Sales are posted! Head over to our Sales page to see what's discounted. We have sales on........

 

-Apple Elite Electrolytes

-Iams Cat Original

-Miller Duraforks

-Petmate Dog Houses

-Taste of the Wild Dog Food

-Dirty Dog Doormats

-Bear Mountain Premium BBQ Pellets

-Fly Masks

-Red Barn Ham Bones

-Muck Boots

-Purina Equine Senior

 

Sales are good through Dec 31st 2014 while supplies last. Thanks to all of our great Customers for your support! 

November/December Newletter

Brian Higby - Sunday, October 26, 2014

WHEW!!! Our Customer Appreciation Day was a huge success! For the “sale” we paid the sales tax for you that day. Then we had several vendor booths, some of them offering coupons, and all with information about their products. We had a variety of food all day long, from Denise’s homemade cinnamon rolls and scones, to pizza and sausages, to several appetizer dishes that Denise kept sending out that wowed us all! Everyone was pleasantly surprised! On top of all that, there were several raffle prizes given away! Thank you to all the vendors that were here and also to the ones that supported our special day with raffle prizes, etc.!!!

 

 


LMF’s DR. STEPHEN DUREN / OR SHOULD I SAY DR. STEPHEN DUREN’S LMF?

 

A short two and a half weeks later, we sponsored a Dr. Stephen Duren lecture. Steve is our longtime friend, owner of Performance Horse Nutrition,and the designer of the LMF horse feed line. He travels all over the world developing feeds for horses in their particular environment. Then he matches the feed to their dietary requirements eg. Performance Horses, Breeding Stock, Race Horses or even “old Betsy” in the back yard..… you name it! The LMF we carry is designed especially for us here on the west coast, based on the type hay we have available and what minerals are short or abundant. Steve’s lecture addressed the question “why so many choices when it comes to horse feeds?” The short answer is, to meet the needs of a variety of different horses! Horses are like people in that they are not all the same. Some have metabolic challenges and need a low non-structural carbohydrate feed. Others need hi-energy and fat to keep up with their energy output! Some are older or just have trouble digesting their food. Young growing horses have special dietary needs. Due to new technology, improved Veterinary care, and Senior feeds, horses are living longer than they used to! Not unlike humans, a longer life means more health issues to deal with and sometimes dietary changes. The list could go on and on. As research reveals certain feed changes can benefit a certain condition, and it is felt there is a reasonable demand for it, a new feed is offered. Following the lecture was a question and answer session. We have had Steve visit several times in the past and the question and answer session is always a big hit! Many good questions came up and were answered. Around 50 customers enjoyed the evening!

 

Denise out did herself in the dinner presentation. We served Chicken Marbella and a Butter-nut Squash Lasagna. For desert there were four different flavors of Cheesecake and a Gluten Free cake that was delicious! Thanks Denise for your hard work and imaginative menus!

 

 

MERGING OF THE COMPUTER PROGRAMS

 

We recently merged our POS system with the accounting program in the office. Scott has been a bull dog, not letting go until it is right! As you may already know this is no small undertaking. Nothing in the computer world goes entirely smooth. We have been working out the kinks. Thanks Scott for implementing this change! In the long run this will give us better control of our inventory.

 

Thanks to our wonderful customer base for making all of the above possible! Roland 


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