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March / April Newsletter

Brian Higby - Thursday, March 26, 2020

 

Corona Virus Update

 

At Higby’s everything we do is for the health, safety and happiness of animals and those who love them. We continue to monitor, plan and respond to developments and recommendations from health and government officials. Here are just some of the actions we’re taking to keep our teammates, customers and communities safe and our doors open to provide essential products and services to our customers. Our hours will remain the same. We have hand sanitizers at the counter as well as a “sanitizing station” out front. We are regularly wiping down carts, counters and door handles. In addition we have implemented a “Parking Lot Pick Up” option for those who do not wish to come in the store:

 

1. Call the store to place your order: (707) 678-9007

2. Pay with card over the phone.

3. Call us when you arrive and we will deliver your order to your car.

 

We are grateful for you, our loyal customers and we are happy to serve you!

 

 

Employee Profile Mari has been with Higby’s for the last 8 years and is our customer service and research extraordinaire. She always has a smile to offer and loves interacting and helping our customers find the best products and solutions for their animals. To that end, she spends time researching, learning and collaborating about all kinds of different products to bring in to serve our equine, companion animal and livestock community. Mari is also responsible for most of the cool raffle prizes that we give away on customer Appreciation Days, one of her favorite memories here at the store. When Mari isn’t at the feed store she can be found at her barn with her Morgan mare Ember, Pony Tango and usually her twin sister Kimi. Outside of time with her horses she enjoys reading (especially about equine enrichment) hiking and spending time with family and friends.

 

 


 

On Saturday February 15th, a group of 30 customers and staff were taught how to professionally install woven wire fencing from Keith Taylor of Bekaert Wire. He explained about the benefits of using High Strength wire (superior strength, no need to annually re stretch and the speed and ease of installation) and about the different coatings that Bekaert adds to their wire (making it last 40 + years). Keith stressed the importance of building proper braces and how a properly installed brace will prolong the life of your fence. He handed out diagrams and installation instructions on building the correct bracing for the type and height of fence being built and he left me with copies that we are handing out to customers as they prepare to build their fence. You can also go to our website, higbyfeed.com, click on the heading “Blog” and click on the PDF link (see below) in March/April Newsletter, to see brace installation instructions. If you are reading this newsletter via email you can just click on the PDF link below.


 

 

Keith used Gripples to tie off the wire at the posts and to splice the wire together. Gripples installed extremely fast cutting the labor by at least a quarter of the time it would take to manually tie off and splice each wire.

 

Come in and check out the new fence and we can show you all we’ve learned!

 

 


 

Our electric fencing event originally scheduled for March 28, has been postponed. We will let you know when we have a new date set.

 

Thank you for your business.

 

Stay healthy friends!


 

 

January / February Newsletter

Brian Higby - Thursday, January 09, 2020

 

We hope your holidays were great and wish you good health and prosperity in the new year!

 

We have lots of exciting events happening here at the store over the next couple of months . Be sure to mark these down on your calendar...

 

Junior Livestock Exhibitor Seminar

 

Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm is our Junior Livestock Educational Seminar presented by the Show Feed Specialists at Farmers Warehouse Co. The seminar will feature hands on swine, sheep and cattle selection, nutrition, fitting, showmanship and project management. It will be a great opportunity to get all your questions answered and win free bags of feed, supplements and more! If you are planning on showing an animal this year for FFA or 4-H you won’t want to miss this.

 

Fencing Demonstration

 

On Saturday, February 15, 2020 we will have a “fencing event” put on by our friends at Bekaert Fencing. They will be demonstrating the installation of non-climb, field fence, smooth and barbed wire fencing. We will have more details (time etc.) as the events get closer. If you have some fencing projects in the near future you won’t want to miss this!

 

Chick Chat

 

In conjunction with “chick season, we will be hosting a “Chick Chat” on March 5, 2020 from 5:00pm—8:00pm. Twine Lockhart with Nutrena Feed will be here for a free interactive poultry seminar and to answer all you poultry questions.

 

 

Did you know....

 

January was named after the Roman god Janus. Janus is also the Roman word for door. The god Janus had two faces which allowed him to look forwards into the coming year and backwards into the past year.

 

The original Roman calendar only had 10 months with the start of the new year beginning in March. January and February were added later.

 

February was added to the Roman calendar in 713 BC. The length of the month changed over time and, at one time, it had as few as 23 days. When Julius Caesar remade the Roman calendar, the month was assigned 28 days during normal years and 29 days during leap years which occurred every four years.

 

Thank you for your business!

 


 

September / October News

Brian Higby - Thursday, September 12, 2019

 

Customer appreciation day is right around the corner!

 

We hope you can be here to help us celebrate all of our great customers! We will have vendor booths with samples/freebies, raffle prizes/drawings and of course breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day. In years past we have always paid the sales tax on customer appreciation day so that you saved on every purchase. It has proved be somewhat of an accounting nightmare so this year we have decided to put every item on sale! Everyone will save 8% off on everything they purchase! This works out better accounting wise for us and saves you even more!

 

Gary and Mari have been hard at work at lining up vendors to be on hand to answer questions and hand out coupons etc. Below is a picture of just some of the cool raffle prizes they have secured, including an electric smoker! You can start entering your name in the raffle drawings now! Every purchase qualifies for one ticket per day. The drawings will be at the end of the customer appreciation day.

 


 

 

 

Time to start thinking about putting hay away. How much do you need? Try this...

 

Hay Calculator: Use this as guideline to make sure you have enough hay for your hay season:

 

 

 


 

Did you know...

 

• The Anglo-Saxons also called September Gers Monath meaning barley month. This is because they would harvest their barley crops during this month.
• September is often associated with fire because it was the month of the Roman god Vulcan. Vulcan was the Roman god of fire and the forge.
• The leaves of trees often begin to change their colors during the month of October.
• The World Series for Major League Baseball generally takes place during October.

 

Thank you for your business!

 

July / August Newsletter

Brian Higby - Tuesday, July 23, 2019

 


Update on hay:

 
     Our new alfalfa has arrived and is very nice. We also have new mountain grass. It looks great and from what we hear it is feeding very well too! Our 3-way mix continues to feed well and we expect to have enough for the foreseeable future. We expect new orchard alfalfa by the end of the month. Unfortunately, all of our rye was rained on in the field. We have been looking for more and have potentially secured a few loads. If you are interested in Rye please let me know and I can give you a call when we get it.

 

Other happenings:


     We are excited to announce that Higby's is one of the debut stores on a new App called Nytch. Nytch is a new way to shop our store and any local participating retailer, combining the great service of our staff with the convenience of shopping online. Instead of having to search throughout the internet, make calls, send emails, and schedule in-store visits, now you can simply create "requests" for what you need. That request is matched to local businesses who will respond with thoughtful recommendations of their goods and services to address your needs-- competing for your business and providing guidance along the way. You can even ask to hold the recommended products in store to make sure it fits your needs exactly before you buy it. Nytch connects you to locally owned and operated businesses that sell everything from custom floral arrangements to hardware for your next DIY project to pet supplies. Nytch was founded locally, in Woodland by a team of developers that support local business and recognize the value they bring to their communities. Get the App and give it a try!

 

Did you know…

 
 -July is the warmest month in the northern hemisphere on average
 -July is often called the dog days of summer because of the long hot days.
 -August is related to the word "auger", a hole digging tool, because farmers dug for next season at this time every year.
 -August in the northern hemisphere is similar to February in the southern hemisphere.

 

Thank you for your business!

 

 

 

May / June Newsletter

Brian Higby - Monday, May 20, 2019

The 411..

 

     The rain has finally stopped, thank goodness! I know we needed it but man was it wet and miserable around here for a few months. On top of that there was a brief shortage of shavings state wide. On top of the increased demand the manufacturers were not able to extract the raw materials out of the hills because of the weather. With the change in the weather production is back to normal and we are well stocked.

 

     With the nice weather comes the honey do lists and projects. If your list is short and you’re looking for something to add, you want to re-purpose an old trough or need an excuse to buy a new one, we’ve got you covered! With a little inspiration from our friends at Dawson’s Bar and Grill and some help from our friends at Dixon Ace Hardware we made this cool planter box. It can be home to all kinds of flowers, vines or even vegetables. Speaking of vegetables, its time to start getting those planted! Troughs make a great raised bed for them. In other news, we just received a load of new oat hay and by the middle of May we should have new rye, and new 3-way mix (oat, wheat, beardless barley). The new hay I have seen looks beautiful.

 

     It is almost Mayfair time again! We would like to thank all our loyal customers who have trusted us when it comes to feeding and caring for their animals. And wish all the exhibitors the best of luck on show day. FFA and 4-H teach our youth life skills in areas like science, health agriculture and civic engagement. It helps them to grow confidence, independence, resilience and compassion. It teaches good sportsmanship, strong worth ethics and community services. The hands-on approach these programs provide gives young people guidance and tools and empowers them to be true leaders in our community! Please consider supporting them with their projects in the future at the Jr. Livestock Auction by purchasing their animal or making a donation toward the purchase of their animal. Also consider donating to Bids for Kids, a local non-profit dedicated to supporting the FFA, 4-H and Independent Livestock Exhibitors. Bids for Kids is run by volunteers and raises money to buy animals at the Dixon May Fair Livestock Auction as well as the Solano County Jr. Livestock Auction.

 

Did you know?

 

-May was named for Maia the Greek-goddess of fertility. The rodents around here have taken this very seriously!

-May’s birthstone is an Emerald which is emblematic of love and success.

-May was once considered a bad luck month to get married. There was even a poem written that says “Marry in May and you’ll rue the day” Our verdict is still out on this...Scott will have been married for 22 years this month...stay tuned!

-On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was officially opened.

-June 19, 1845, the very first baseball game was played.

-In 2009, June was the 662 most popular girls name.

-June is the month with the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere. June in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to December in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.

 

Thank you for your business!

 

March / April Newsletter

Brian Higby - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

 

The 411...

We are proud to announce we are now stocking Integrity Horse Feed. Integrity Feeds is a small family owned business focused on the quality of the ingredients instead of “least cost” or cheapest ingredient mixes. They have a personal commitment to quality and good manufacturing process to make the best horse feed possible, with integrity! We are looking to host an informational night for customers who maybe interested in learning more about this feed. Until then, check out their website at Integrityhorsefeed.com. The website includes a “horse feed selector” which asks you a few simple questions about your horse and then helps you select the most appropriate options based on your answers.

 

Speaking of new products, we have a load of used 2 7/8” pipe in 8’ &10’ lengths. This is a great alternative to wood posts as they last forever! We have all the accessories to hang gates and attach wire to these posts without the need to weld.

 

Chick season is upon us once again. We currently have chicks scheduled to arrive every Thursday through June 27. You can check out our events page on our website to see what is scheduled to arrive each week. We have had a few questions about Newcastle Disease, the highly contagious respiratory disease currently affecting poultry in Southern California. Our hatchery is located in Texas and they assure us their birds have not been exposed and are very healthy.

 

 

Do you have large animals on your property? With the recent wild fires and flooding we have seen as of late, an evacuation or shelter-in-place plan for your large animals is a necessity! SVELT, The Solano Voluntary Emergency Livestock Team is a group of volunteers focused on helping large animal owners prepare and be self-sufficient in evacuating your animals from your property in the event of an emergency affecting Solano County. In addition, they may also be able to help with the transportation of your animals during voluntary evacuations On Sunday March 17, 2019 from 10:30a.m.—2:30p.m. SVELT will be hosting an informational booth here at Higby’s to provide information and schedule visits to properties in Solano County for those interested in developing a plan. Be sure to stop by and talk to them!

 

Are you tired of the rain yet? While it makes for muddy messes, it also makes for greener pastures and some other pretty cool things like the spilling over of Lake Berryessa’s Morning Glory Spillway, the largest drain hole in the world! Last time it spilled over was February of 2017. If you haven’t seen it in action, its worth the short scenic drive!

 

Our hay quantity and quality is in good shape. We have been able to maintain full inventory of all of our different varieties even with all this rain. With regard to hay, and really any large load we encourage our customers to secure and tie down their loads. If you do not have straps and rope we have some for sale. We want all of our customers to have safe loads when leaving the store. To that end, we are more than happy to assist you in securing your load, however, the ultimate responsibility of making sure your load is safe and secure is you, the driver.

 

If you are involved in 4-H and FFA and shop at Higby’s for your animals feed and supply be sure to sign up for your Jr. Livestock Producer Program. In addition to getting a discount on feed you will also receive coupons to save on shavings and show necessities and a cool 2019 limited edition Higby’s hat! Ask our staff how to sign up next time you’re in the store!

 

We are looking for a few good friends...on Facebook! If you haven’t “liked” us yet, please do! We will be using it as a platform to interact with our customers, offer flash sales and notify our customers of special events happening here at the store. We plan to expand to Instagram as well so be sure to give us a follow!


Thank you for your business!

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

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


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