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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 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 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

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

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 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!

July/August Newsletter

Brian Higby - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

 

HAY REPORT

 

After a late, late start to our hay season I can finally give you an accurate report of how the hay turned out. I was really expecting the Rye and Grain Hay to be “rank”, a term used for hay that is left growing past when it should have been cut. This happens when spring rain prevents cutting the hay and the warmer weather promotes growth. Evidently since the winter continued into April... the Rye and Three Way Grain Hay didn’t have that early spring growth spurt we usually see. The result is these two hays are excellent quality and are feeding quite well. The Oat Hay did get a little larger stemmed but it is still nice and seems to feed well in most instances. We just recently started getting 3rd cutting Alfalfa. We try to have enough of the previous year’s Alfalfa to take us to 3rd cutting. Why not use the new 1st and 2nd cutting Alfalfa? Wouldn’t the new hay be nicer and fresher than last year’s? Well, yes it would be. The problem is that most of the Alfalfa we sell is for horses. 1st cutting Alfalfa is far too rich in protein for horses and may cause digestive issues. 2nd is less rich in protein but is typically higher than later cuttings. The other issue is alfalfa goes dormant during the winter so the weeds can compete and be present especially in the 1st and sometimes into the 2nd cutting. Many of these weeds are noxious weeds and quite damaging if not fatal to horses. Cattle, and to a lesser degree sheep and goats can tolerate these weeds better, and dairy cattle produce more milk when given a higher protein Alfalfa. There you have it in a nutshell why we always hear “use 3rd and 4th cutting for stocking your barn.” The new Mountain Grass and Orchard Alfalfa are just coming in and the quality is bouncing around a bit. Things should stabilize soon. It’s probably too early to say but it is looking like straw may be in short supply this year until the new rice straw comes in in September or so. Overall the nice rainfall we had this past winter seems to have helped the overall quality of the hay. Kind of nice!

 

 

WE HAVE A DATE FOR CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY! SEPTEMBER 30!

 

Mark your calendar! Our annual big event is just around the corner. Join us for good food, good deals, prizes, and who knows what else? This fall is the anniversary of the Grand Opening of our new store in 2008. Can you believe it has been 9 years? We have been in business since 1984...33 plus years! We hope you can join us! Watch for more details!

 

LAKE BERRYESSA STILL NICE AND FULL!

 

A few weeks ago Denise and I took a ride by the dam to take a look at the water level. How nice it was to see the water still within just a few feet of the crest of the glory hole! I thought you might enjoy this picture I took on July 3.

 

Glory Hole

 

 

Thanks for your business!!  Roland

 

 

March / April Newsletter

Brian Higby - Saturday, March 25, 2017

 

WOW! DID WE GET SOME RAIN!

 

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!

 

FEED AND HAY REPORT

 

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!

 

CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

 

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

 

THE SCOOP ON ANTIBIOTICS

 

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.

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Hope to see you soon! Scott


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