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Closed July 4th

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018
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July 4thJ&N Feed and Seed will be CLOSED on Wednesday, July 4th  in observance of  Independence Day.  Enjoy the day celebrating our nation’s birthday with your family and friends.

Fall Deer Corn Booking – Buy In Bulk & Save

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Deer Corn Booking

Lock in the BEST PRICE on whole deer corn with our annual Deer Corn Booking at J&N Feed and Seed. J&N Deer Corn Booking kicks off mid-August and will continue until mid to late October. Stop by the store located at 450 Pecan St, Graham, Texas, or give us a call for current pricing. Booking your deer corn is a great way to lock in the low price all season long. Questions? Please give us a call at 940-549-4631. J&N is your deer corn headquarters. Save time and money this season by buying your deer corn in bulk.  If you book more than you need, no problem! Talk to us about securing a store credit.

Stop by J&N Feed and Seed for all your hunting supplies. Come see us for wildlife feeds, attractants stands, ammo and so much more.

 

Get Ready For Hunting With Rio Gameloads

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Rio GameloadsJ&N Feed and Seed is your source for Rio Gameloads! Rio Game Load shot shells present an affordable choice for game and target shooting and we’ve got a great selection right here in Graham, Texas! Whether you’re looking for 12 gauge, 20 gauge or something different, we’ve got what you need this hunting season.

Rio Game Loads combine state of the art components and over 100 years of technical know-how to produce the perfect load for upland hunting applications. From the diminutive 2 1/2″ .410 to the hard hitting 3″ 12 gauge turkey load, Rio’s lead game line combines consistency and reliability in every shell, to bring unparalleled performance to the field.

12 Gauge Game Loads come in a wide range of choices – 1oz. to 1 3/4 oz payloads of game-stopping lead, in shot sizes 4, 5, 6, 7 1/2, 8 and 9. Rio game loads combine the company’s own high quality, proprietary components and a century of ammunition manufacturing expertise for a lethal combination of modern technology and old world experience.

Pick up your Rio Gameloads and all your hunting supplies at J&N Feed and Seed.

Mojo Dove Decoys

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Mojo Dove DecoysThe MOJO Dove has been one of the great success stories in all of hunting having revolutionized the way we hunt doves. With its realistic body, its large and practically unstoppable direct drive motor, highly reflective aluminum wings and rugged, dependable operation, it quickly took the market, making the name “MOJO” synonymous with “quality and success”. At J&N Feed and Seed, we carry three different models of Mojo Dove Decoys. Choose from the Mojo Voodoo Dove, The Mojo Outdoors Wind Dove or the Mojo Clip-On Decoy.

Mojo Outdoors Mojo Voodoo Dove

  • Battery-operated, spinning-wing action
  • Realistic design with magnetically connected wings
  • Includes steel support pole

Redesigned with a larger, more realistic body and more correct landing position, this field-proven winner also eliminates tough thumbscrews with time-saving, hassle-free magnetically connected wings. Super-realistic design with trademark Mojo spinning-wing action that’s proven to bring in birds. Operates up to 16 hours on four AA batteries (not included). Includes steel support pole.

Mojo Outdoors Wind Dove

  • Wings spin in the slightest breeze
  • No need for batteries
  • Attracts doves from a distance

Mojo’s new version of their popular dove decoy. The wings spin in the slightest breeze without the need for batteries and attracts doves from a distance. The realistic decoys utilizes the patented breast peg design and includes a support pole.

Mojo Outdoors Clip-on Dove Decoys 4-Pack 

  • Super-realistic with true-to-life paint schemes
  • Patented system mounts decoys on almost any support
  • Mounts to limbs, branches, poles, posts or wires

Mojo’s patented breast peg mounting system and clothes-pin adapter lets you mount these decoys on just about any support, including limbs, branches, poles, posts or wires. These hard-body decoys are super-realistic with true-to-life paint schemes. Using these decoys in conjunction with a Mojo Motorized Decoy adds true realism to your spread.

6 Ways To Get Deer To Your Feeder

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Get Deer To Your FeederThe age old question, how to get deer to your feeder?  Most deer are not used to seeing protein pellets. They must be trained to recognize them as food and to eat them out of a feeder. It is best to start a supplemental feeding program when typical food sources (farm crops, natural vegetation, new food plots or even acorns) are no longer in abundance, such as during winter or drought conditions.

Corn is extremely low in the nutrients necessary to grow big antlers. In addition, corn can founder and even kill deer if too much is consumed at one time. But when safely used in moderation, it is ideal for drawing deer to an area and training them to eat pellets.

Choose an area where traffic is good, and then follow these steps:

  1. Set up a spin feeder to throw out 1-2 pounds of corn every 6 hours, or spread it by hand using gloves or a scoop to limit human scent. This safe amount will attract them to the area you want to feed. Be sure to have at least one feeding in the middle of the night. Continue this until deer are consistently coming to the area to eat every day. This may take several weeks, depending on deer density, time of year and availability of other foods.
  2. Once deer are consistently coming to the area daily looking for corn, set up a free-choice feeder filled with corn. Hand-toss corn on the ground around the feeder. When you observe deer consistently eating out of the free-choice feeder, stop hand-tossing corn.
  3. Once deer are eating corn out of the feeder for at least one week, change the self-feeder mixture to 1/3 Deer Chow® and 2/3 corn for at least a week so the deer can get accustomed to eating pellets. Make sure they clean up the pellets before replacing the mix. If they refuse to clean up the pellets, mix in more corn with the pellets.
  4. After deer are cleaning up the pellets, change the mixture to ½ Deer Chow® and ½ corn for at least one week. If they continue to sort out the corn and leave the pellets, keep mixing corn in but gradually reduce the amount of corn until they have access to only pellets.
  5. If the deer are consistently cleaning up the mixture and don’t leave any pellets, put 25 to 50 pounds of straight Deer Chow® in the free-choice feeder. NEVER fill a feeder full of pellets the first time regardless of its size – you need to leave room to mix in a little corn in case the deer regress a bit and stop eating pellets. When they are consistently eating pellets from the self-feeder, you may fill it completely with Deer Chow®.
  6. Keep feeders clean. Remove old, wet or spoiled feed before refilling, as deer are very sensitive to odors, and damp or spoiled feed may prevent fresh feed from flowing down. Fresh feed will keep deer coming back.

Stop by J&N Feed & Seed for your deer corn and deer feed.  We sell quality deer feed from Purina Mills.  Looking for bulk feed and delivery, we can set you up. Give us a call today.

2017 – 2018 Hunting Season Dates

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

2017 - 2018 Hunting Season DatesTexas Parks & Wildlife released the 2017 – 2018 Hunting Season dates. Check them out below. You can find more information on their website.

Alligator

22 Counties & special properties: Sep. 10 – 30
All Other Counties: Apr. 1 – June 30

Chachalaca

Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr & Willacy Counties: Nov. 4 – Feb. 25

Dove

North Zone
Sep. 1 – Nov. 12 & Dec. 15 – Dec. 31
Central Zone
Sep. 1 – Nov. 5 & Dec. 15 – Jan. 7
South Zone
Sep. 22 – Nov. 8 & Dec. 15 – Jan. 21
Special White-winged Dove Area
Sep. 2, 3, 9, 10

Duck

North Zone
Regular season: Nov. 11 – 26 & Dec. 2 – Jan. 28
Dusky duck: Nov. 16 – 26 & Dec. 2 – Jan. 28
Youth-only: Nov. 4 – 5
South Zone
Regular season: Nov. 4 – 26 & Dec. 9 – Jan. 28
Dusky duck: Nov. 9 – 26 & Dec. 9 – Jan. 28
Youth-only: Oct. 28 – 29
High Plains Mallard Management Unit (HPMMU)
Regular season: Oct. 28 – 29 & Nov. 3 – Jan. 28
Dusky duck: Nov. 6 – Jan. 28
Youth-only: Oct. 21 – 22

Gallinule, Rail, Moorhen

Sep. 9 – 24 & Nov. 4 – Dec. 27

East Zone
Canada goose: Sep. 9 – 24
Light goose: Nov. 4 – Jan. 28
Light goose conservation order: Jan. 29 – Mar. 18
White-fronted goose: Nov. 4 – Jan. 28
West Zone
Light & dark geese: Nov. 4 – Feb. 4
Light goose conservation order: Feb. 5 – Mar. 18

Javelina

North Zone: Oct. 1 – Feb. 25
South Zone: Sep. 1 – Aug. 31

Mule Deer

General Season
Panhandle: Nov. 18 – Dec. 3
SW Panhandle: Nov. 18 – 26
Trans-Pecos: Nov. 24 – Dec. 10
Archery Season
Sep. 30 – Nov. 3

Pheasant

Panhandle: Dec. 2 – Dec. 31

Pronghorn Antelope

Sept. 30 – 8

Quail

Statewide: Oct. 28 – Feb. 25

Rabbits & Hares

No closed season.

Sandhill Crane

Zone A: Oct. 28 – Jan. 28
Zone B: Nov. 24 – Jan. 28
Zone C: Dec. 16 – Jan. 21

Squirrel

East Texas: Oct. 1 – Feb. 25 & May 1 – 31
Other Open Counties: Sep. 1 – Aug. 31
Special Youth Season: Sep. 23 – 24

Snipe

Oct. 28 – Feb. 11

Teal

Sep. 9 – 24

Turkey

Rio Grande Turkey

Fall Season
North zone: Nov. 4 – Jan. 7
South zone: Nov. 4 – Jan. 21
Brooks, Kenedy, Kleberg & Willacy counties: Nov. 4 – Feb. 25
Archery-Only: Sept. 30 – Nov. 3
Fall Youth-Only
Early: Oct. 28 – 29
Late: Jan. 8 – 21
Spring Season
North zone: Mar. 31 – May 13
South zone: Mar. 17 – Apr. 29
One-turkey counties: April 1 – April 30
Spring Youth-Only
North zone: Mar. 24 – 25 & May 19 – 20
South zone: Mar. 10 – 11 & May 5 – 6

Eastern Turkey

Spring Season
East Texas: Apr. 15 – May 14

White-tailed Deer

General Season
North zone: Nov. 4 – Jan. 7
South zone: Nov. 4 – Jan. 21
Special Late Season
North zone: Jan. 8 – 21
South zone: Jan. 22 – Feb. 4
Youth-Only Seasons
Early Season: Oct. 28 – 29
Late Season: Jan. 8 – 21
Archery Season
Sept. 30 – Nov. 3
Muzzleloader-Only Season
Jan. 8 – 21

Woodcock

Dec. 18 – Jan. 31

2017-2018 Livestock Shows

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Livestock ShowsLivestock shows for the upcoming season are right around the corner!

Are you interested in attending livestock shows? Here are the dates and locations of several major 2017-2018 Stock Shows happening throughout Texas. Go to the links for each Stock Show to learn more about event schedules, entry forms, ticket information and more:

State Fair of Texas (Dallas): September 29 – October 22, 2017

Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo (Waco): October 5 – October 14, 2017

Southwestern Exposition & Livestock Show (Fort Worth): January 12 – February 3, 2018

San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo (San Angelo): February 2 – 18, 2018

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo (San Antonio): February 8 – 25, 2018

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Houston): February 27 –  March 18, 2018

Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo (Austin): March 10 – 24, 2018

 

These livestock shows are the perfect way to spend some time with the family! Save the date and make plans to come to one of these rodeos near you!

Summer Mineral Minute – Cattle Mineral Program

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Mineral ProgramQuick and timely considerations for your mineral program.

  • If using a mineral form of fly control, consistent intake is key. Consider using Wind and Rain Storm Fly Control Mineral with Altosid (IGR) in either granular or tub form.
  • To help achieve consistent mineral intake, use enough mineral feeders for your herd size. A good rule is to use one feeder for every 20 to 30 head.
  • Make sure all cattle, including calves and timid cows, have equal access to feeders. Placing feeders in multiple locations helps provide all cattle the opportunity to consumer the mineral
  • Use water as a tool to adjust intake. If mineral intake is lower than desired, move feeders closer to water sources. If intake is higher than desired, move feeders further from the water.
  • As grasses start drying, antagonists can block absorption of minerals. If antagonists are a concern, consider using a mineral with Availa 4.
  • If you plan to use a mineral with chlortetracycline to control anaplasmosis, a VFD will be required.

Article Attributed to Purina Mills.

Outlast Supplement pH Experiment

Friday, July 14th, 2017

See Purina® Outlast Supplement in action. Watch as Dr. Robert Jacobs, Purina PhD research equine nutritionist, demonstrates how a horse’s stomach would respond to a feeding of Outlast Supplement.

In this short experiment, Purina® Outlast Supplement raises the pH level of a simulated equine stomach environment from a harmful pH of 2 to a safe pH level of 6.3 in just two minutes, outperforming alfalfa and competitive products on the market. Ready to put Outlast Supplement to the test? Start your Feed Greatness™ Challenge at www.feedOutlast.com.

Welcome to the Equine Research Unit here at Purina Animal Nutrition Center. My name is Dr. Robert Jacobs, a research equine nutritionist, and today, I’m here to demonstrate our new gastric support supplement, Outlast.

Outlast is designed to provide gastric support and help comfort the horse’s stomach. The horse is an herbivore, designed to consume forages eighteen to twenty hours a day. Modern management practices, however, require that we feed our horses concentrate and meal feed them throughout the day. Outlast is designed to support the overall health of the gastric environment in the horse.

So today what we’re going to do is we’re going to demonstrate how the horse’s stomach would respond to a feeding of Outlast. In this beaker here we have a constantly churning fluid at a pH right around 2, which is the constant pH of the horse’s stomach when they’re at a fasting state. Additionally, we’ve heated this environment to approximately 37 degrees Celsius, which would be the internal body temperature of the horse.

So what we’re going to do is we’re going to take Outlast, our gastric support supplement and grind it up as you can see what we’ve done here to stimulate the chewing that the horse would do before this supplement would reach the gastric environment or into the stomach of the horse, and we’re going to put this into that gastric environment, and we’re going to show you exactly what happens to the pH.

So what I want to do is focus on this pH meter. We put this gastric buffer into this gastric environment. So what we’ll do is we’ll simply put this in here. We’ll give it a little bit of a mix, again to help stimulate what would happen in the horse’s stomach, and we’ll set this timer here to about two minutes.

We’ve done a significant amount of lab work here at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center, as well as at universities throughout the country to better understand how Outlast buffers the equine stomach. We’ve done in vitro trials similar to what you can see in this setup here as well as in vivo trials, in which we’ve fed this supplement to hundreds of horses and examined what happens with the pH of the gastric environment as well as what happens to the overall health of the horse’s stomach.

So what we’re going to do is we’ll wait until this gets to its buffering capacity at about two minutes and we’ll take another pH reading to see exactly how this gastric support supplement works.

So you can see here, after two minutes we’re going to take another pH reading on our simulated gastric environment. So, we look here at this pH meter, and you can see after only two minutes, the pH has already risen to approximately 6.3. Well above the threshold of four which we generally consider a buffered stomach environment.

Now remember, a higher pH is indicative of a lower acidity in the stomach which is what we would want to see to provide the gastric comfort and the support that Outlast is designed to do.

Outlast gastric support supplement is different from some of the other products that are currently on the market, in that it acts quicker, in only two minutes you can see the pH rose substantially; it acts longer, as we saw in our in vivo as well as our in vitro trials; and has a significantly higher buffering capacity and buffering ability, as is demonstrated here in these test tubes.

In these test tubes, you can see a representation of how much acid a single serving of any one of these supplements including Outlast is able to buffer in a simulated gastric environment. You can see here in these tubes that Outlast is able to buffer a significantly larger quantity of acid than even alfalfa or some of the other competitive products on the market as is demonstrated by these different colored tubes.

Back to Cattle Starter Feed Basics

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Cattle Starter FeedVFD may require you to take a second look at your weaned calf program.

If your buy starter feeds, this may be the first year you’ll purchase under the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). And what may have been a simple feed order in years’ past could now cause some frustration if you plan to use a starter feed containing a VFD-regulated drug. Instead of getting hung up on whether your starter formulation will include a drug, now is a good time to look at the goals of your weaned calf program and get back to starter feed basics.

Starter feeds 101

“The single most important job of a starter feed is to get calves to eat,” says Ted Perry, cattle nutritionist with Purina Animal Nutrition. “Once calves are eating, their immune systems increase, and they have a better chance of staying healthy through the weaning period.” “Healthy calves supported by a quality starter feed, whether the feed contains a drug or not,” Perry adds. Palatability is extremely important when making a feed selection because it’s what drives calves to start and continue eating. “A less palatable feed may take a calf three days to really start consuming – that’s 72 hours where a calf’s energy and protein reserves are being depleted and their immune status is in jeopardy,” says Perry. “We need to get calves eating from day one to build rumen microbe populations and immune status.” A quality starter feed should have research-proven consumption. When making your starter feed selection, ask questions about palatability and request intake research. “Once calves are on feed, everything else becomes very simple,” adds Perry.

Sorting through feed options

There are a variety of palatable starter feeds available, but Perry advises selecting one to fit your management style and weaned calf goals. “Based on your labor resources, feeding facilities and performance goals, you can select either a self-fed or hand-fed starter feed,” says Perry “Complete feeds and supplements are available based on your existing forage.”

The Purina starter feeds below provide a convenient solution for any operation:

Accuration Starter Feed: This coarse-textured, complete feed includes roughage and utilizes Intake Modifying Technology to help achieve target intake levels. Accuration Starter is a high-energy feed that helps maximize efficiency. This self-fed feed does not require additional forage and is designed for calves with superior genetics going directly to the feedyard.

Precon Complete Feed: This pelleted complete feed includes roughage and is highly palatable and nutrient dense. It gets calves quickly to restore nutrients lost through the stress of weaning and shipping. Precon Complete Feed is designed for calves with moderate genetics or unknown previous management. This feed is also recommended for high-stress or high-risk calves and does not require additional forage.

Stress Care 5 Supplement: This pelleted starter is designed to deliver a potent dose of essential nutrients for stressed cattle in a small inclusion package (five pounds per head per day). This hand-fed supplement is for producers looking to take advantage of their feedstuffs and is designed to be fed alongside unlimited, good-quality forage. The three feeds listed are available in medicated and non-medicated forms.

Don’t navigate alone

When evaluating starter feed options, don’t be afraid to ask for help. “Talk through your weaned calf goals with your nutritionist,” Perry says. “They can help you identify a starter feed to fit your forage availability, labor resources, feed type preference, feeding facilities, and cattle genetics. Your nutritionist can also help develop a budget, set realistic expectations for your program and help sort through different market scenarios and potential return on investment.” No matter which starter you choose, a weaned calf nutrition program should support healthy calves and more pounds. “Calves receiving proper nutrition, whether the feed contains a drug or not, have stronger immune systems and are less likely to get sick,” says Perry. If you do plan to use a starter feed containing a VFD-regulated drug, it’s critical to have a conversation with your veterinarian and nutritionist now. It has been said that getting back to basics is the simplest way to find calm in the chaos. This mantra couldn’t be truer for weaned calf programs in a new VFD world. Getting back to starter feed basics can help you navigate this new era and achieve your goals.

Article Attributed to Purina Mills and Ted Perry.

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