Archive for November, 2017

Tips for Success with Show Cattle Supplements

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Visit with a seasoned athlete about their daily routine, and there’s a high likelihood they will credit the use of nutritional supplements to boost their performance before a big competition.

Brown CowSimilarly, on the show cattle circuit, individuals in the winner’s circle can often be found using show supplements for their steer or heifer.

“Show supplements are designed to help spike the nutrition being offered to an animal to enhance the expression of genetic traits in a 45- to 90-day time period,” explains Dr. Kevin Burgoon, technical nutritionist with Purina Animal Nutrition. That said, he emphasizes, “Show supplements are not a magic potion, they are part of a comprehensive nutrition program.”

Burgoon explains that nutritional supplements don’t replace a balanced feed ration. Supplements are simply added for a period of time to help boost specific nutrients to achieve a desired result. Burgoon says show supplements are most often fed to cattle for three reasons: 1) to help achieve appropriate fat and conditioning for finishing, 2) to help enhance the animal’s muscle expression, and 3) to help promote a fuller appearance.

“You must still meet the animal’s daily nutrient requirements says Burgoon. “Then, adding show supplements with higher amounts of a specific nutrient, like energy or protein, can help get an animal looking their best for show day.”

Energy is key 
When selecting a nutritional supplement for cattle it is important to look at the fat content, which provides the animal energy (calories). Burgoon says, “Energy is responsible for growth, muscle and skeletal development; every metabolic process has a caloric cost.”

Specifically, Burgoon suggests including a high fat energy supplement in a show animal’s diet when more energy is needed for growth and or fat deposition. “A high fat supplement can help the animal utilize the feed better and promotes fat deposition to help achieve the desired finishing condition,” he explains. “A high protein, low fat supplement can dilute the energy content of the diet to a point where growth and fat deposition suffers.”

Energy supplements can also be beneficial to speed up growth and finishing in scenarios where an animal would traditionally require longer days on feed, such as cattle that have been sick or off-feed or breeds that take longer to mature. For those animals who need an extra boost, Burgoon says energy supplements can start to be fed when cattle are 400 to 500 pounds.

In addition, feeding enough fiber in the diet is critical. Burgoon suggests free choice moderate quality grass hay, and emphasizes that “keeping the rumen right with sufficient roughage in the diet is critical.”

Allow enough time
Burgoon emphasizes that inclusion of nutritional supplements in a feed ration requires time.

“When someone says a supplement didn’t work for their show animal, it’s usually because they didn’t feed the supplement for a long enough period of time for it to work. Timing is the biggest mistake I see people make when feeding nutritional supplements,” says Burgoon.

According to Burgoon, ideally nutritional supplements should be fed 45 to 90 days prior to show day. Even products marketed as a “show day” supplement should be fed longer than a single day he adds. “Supplements continue to work the longer they are fed,” Burgoon adds.

Part of the bigger picture
As part of your comprehensive nutrition program, Burgoon suggests getting show calves – especially market steers – to their ideal finishing weight about 35 to 40 days prior to show day, and then transitioning to a lower energy, high fiber feed and, if needed, feeding a supplement that will help maintain condition and muscle shape until it’s show time.

He adds once animals have reached their ideal finish weight you must still continue to meet their daily nutrient requirements, but you want to do that with as little feed as possible. He advises transitioning to a “slowing diet” – feeding lower energy and increasing the fiber to at least 14%, with free choice grass hay to keep the calf full, while also keeping their condition and muscle expression “fresh.”

During the final 30 to 45 days before a market show, Burgoon also emphasizes the importance of feeding supplements and feeds that do not require a withdrawal period.

Monitor performance
A final tip is to monitor how animals are eating and responding to their feed and supplements. Burgoon notes that adjustments to their diet may need to be made throughout the show season.

Honor® Show Chow® Ambassador Bobby May has similar advice. May emphasizes that every animal and every feeding scenario is different, saying, “There’s never a one size fits all feeding recommendation.”

To monitor performance of the show animals he works with, May says he weighs his show cattle every week to evaluate gain.

May also advises feeding cattle separately. He explains, “If you feed 20 pounds of feed to two steers, there is no guarantee they will each eat 10 pounds, because some cattle are slow eaters and others are aggressive. I suggest feeding cattle separately, but putting the bunks side-by-side and separated by a fenceline so the cattle feel like they are eating with a buddy.”

For more information on show nutrition join the online community of show enthusiasts at www.facebook.com/HonorShowChow or www.twitter.com/HonorShowChow.

Article Attributed to Purina Animal Nutrition

Ultimate Purina Experience: Enter to Win!

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Ultimate Purina ExperienceHere’s a chance to win the Ultimate Purina Experience!

Enter to for a chance to win a special behind-the-scenes VIP trip for two to St. Louis, MO. You and a guest will tour the Purina Animal Nutrition Center and the home of the Budweiser Clydesdales!

Plus, in addition to the tip, you get to choose from one of the 3 options below!

  1. Free Purina Horse & Training! Yes, you read that correctly! You can choose a horse from a select group of horses at the Purina Farm. Kerry Kuhn, A Purina Ambassador will train your new horse for 6 months!
  2. Already have a horse? Well, this option lets you train one-on-one or attend a clinic (for up to 4 days) with your choice of any Purina Ambassador listed on the flyer.
  3. Or you can choose to receive free Purina Feed for one year. Select the Purina horse feed that suits your needs and Purina will supply feed for up to 6 horses for the entire year! Maximum of 6 tons.

How do you enter? TEXT to number: 95323, and enter the work PURINA. Then hit send. Fill out the questions and you are entered!

Coyote Light Predator Hunting Lights

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Coyote LightCoyote Light Predator Hunting Lights are now available at J&N Feed and Seed. The CoyoteLight is an innovative hunting light developed by predator hunting enthusiast for predator hunting enthusiast. This remarkable hunting light features the highest performing red LED lighting technology in a sleek, lightweight design. The CoyoteLight can be quickly mounted to any scope, Picatinny rail, or used as a handheld spotlight. CoyoteLight professional lighting will transform the way you hunt at night. CoyoteLight is 100% designed and manufactured in Pennsylvania.

Performance

The #1 safety rule for night predator hunting is identifying your target. CoyoteLight will give you confidence while pulling the trigger and the performance you have to see to believe. The CoyoteLight is guaranteed to beat the performance of any spotlight with a red filter or any kind of red LED flashlight.

Adjustable Brightness Light Intensity

The brightness is fully controlled from zero to 100% power with an adjustment knob on the back. Scan on a lower power for the reflection of eyes and then turn the light up on full power for shooting.

Adjustable Focus

With CoyoteLights variable focus, it can be adjusted to be a wide or tight light beam for the desired distance of each hunting landscape.

Extreme Battery Life

CoyoteLight has a unique patent pending integrated circuit which runs on built-in high-performance lithium-ion batteries. It will run over 5.5 hours on full power and over 48 hours at about 25% power. It also has a low battery indicator light to let you know when it’s time to charge. The CoyoteLight will run at your desired power and will not dim as the batteries are exhausted.

Coyotes are one of the most challenging predators to hunt in the United States. They’re little, mean, and clever. And they are one of the few animals that you can hunt at night with a spotlight or flashlight (see Texas hunting regulations).

Stop by J&N Feed in Graham, Texas, and shop our full line of Coyote Light Predator Hunting Lights and all your hunting, firearms and ammo needs.

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December Garden Tips

Friday, November 17th, 2017

December Garden Tips

Working in your garden is an excellent escape during the holidays. It’s a great time of year to do some of the heavy work in the landscape as opposed to sweating it up in the heat of the summer.

Don’t put up the mower yet. Although turf grasses have stopped growing, you can use the mower to chop up and recycle the leaves back into the lawn or for a compost pile.

Prepare gas-powered engines for winter. The owner’s manual is the best guide to winterizing a lawn mower, tiller, garden tractor or other power equipment.

Drain and store garden hoses and watering equipment in a readily accessible location. Lawns and other plants may need an occasional watering during a prolonged dry spell.

In general, once the weather gets and stays cold, pruning of deciduous plants (ones that lose their leaves) can be safely done. Evergreen hedges can be sheared or cut back in the winter also. Wait until February to prune your roses. Remember – Do Not Top your Crapemyrtles! Simply prune to remove seed heads and shape.

Prepare for the cold weather before it hits! One of the best things you can do for your landscape plants is to provide a 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch. Mulching is necessary year round but during the colder periods, it provides a layer of insulation for the roots. Water your landscape well before a cold spell. A drought-stressed plant is more susceptible to freeze damage. For more tender plants, purchase frost cloth for extra protection. Cover the plant completely allowing the edges to come all the way to the ground, utilizing the heat which radiates from the ground.

December is a perfect time to plant trees and shrubs so they can develop a strong root system for next Spring. Cool weather color such as Pansies, Snapdragons, Cyclamen, Flowering Cabbage and Kale add splashes of color to your landscape. Spring flowering bulbs can be planted now once they have been properly chilled.

Make your home beautiful for the Holidays with a stunning assortment of floral quality Poinsettias, Cyclamen, freshest greenery and Christmas Trees. Add a mix of new indoor and tropical plants to energize your home décor.

Remember to provide food and water for the birds this winter. You can attract just as many birds with a bird bath as with food, especially during the dry spells. To draw a diversity of birds provide a variety of seeds, like sunflower, thistle, safflower, and millet; plus suet. Once you begin putting out bird food, continue feeding them through the springtime.

Mr. Heater Portable Heaters Available at J&N

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Mr. Heater,  America’s most popular portable heaters are available at J&N Feed and Seed. The Mr. Heater name is known and trusted by millions of people for specialized products to meet their heating comfort needs where they live, work and play. Their broad line of heating products includes forced air propane, portable heaters, garage heaters, and more.

At J&N Feed and Seed, we carry the full line of Mr. Heater, heaters from the Buddy Portable Heater all the way up to the Forced Air Personal Heaters.  Any space you need warmth, Mr. Heater has a size to fit your needs. Bring warmth and comfort with you with the Mr. Heater Big Buddy Portable Heater. This a great portable and temporary heat source for campers, RV’s, hunting blinds, workshops, porches, patios, decks, sporting events, tailgating, garages, ice fishing shanties and emergency heat.

mr-heaterWe currently stock the following Mr. Heaters Portable Heaters:

  • Portable Buddy Heater
  • Big Buddy Heater
  • Little Buddy Heater
  • Hunting Buddy Camo Heater
  • Single Tank Top Heater
  • Double Tank Top Heater

How Much Heat Do You Need?

You can calculate the amount of BTUs required by using the following method: Measure the space’s dimension to determine cubic feet. (Length x Width x Height = Cubic Feet). Subtract the outside temperature from the desired inside temp to determine the temperature increase. If you have measured temperature in Fahrenheit, calculate the required BTUs with this formula: (Cubic Feet x Temperature Increase x .133 = Required BTUs) If you have measured temperature in Celsius, calculate the required BTUs with this formula: (Cubic Feet x Temperature Increase x .2394 = Required BTUs)

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Prepare For Freezing Weather With Products From J&N

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

prepare for freezing weather

Prepare for freezing weather with frost cloth, heat lamps, pipe wraps, deicers, pine shavings and MORE at J&N Feed and Seed.

With freezing temperatures fast approaching, don’t be caught off guard. J&N Feed and Seed is your one-stop shop for freeze protection this winter.  We carry a variety of products that will protect your pipes, landscaping, stock tanks and even bird feeders from the threat of a freeze.

  • Portable Heaters by Mr. Heater – Heat a small space our your entire garage or workshop. We’ve got a size to fit your needs.
  • Pipe Wraps and Faucet Covers – Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or heating tape to protect exposed pipes and faucets.  Perfect to wrap exposed pool equipment!
  • Pipe Heating Cables-heating Cable prevents frozen water pipes to –50ºF. Wrap exposed pipes and faucets to protect against freezing pipes.
  • Heat Lamps & Bulbs– use anywhere to provide extra warmth.
  • Stock Tank & Bucket Deicers– keep your stock tank from freezing.  We carry floating and sinking deicers.
  • Pet Bowl & Bird Bath Deicers – Make sure water fresh water is available for our outdoor pets and wild birds during the freezing winter months.
  • Pine Shavings – keep your outdoor animals warm with warm, dry shavings.
  • Frost Cloth & Burlap  – protect your delicate landscaping and tropical trees. We’ve got traditional brown and camo burlap.
  • Frost Blankets – protect your tender garden and landscaping vegetation.

Stop by J&N Feed and Seed and let us help you be ready for the cold weather ahead! A little preparation now can save you time and money with the weather dips below 32 degrees!

Thanksgiving Safety Tips For Dogs and Cats

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Thanksgiving Safety Tips The winter holidays can be fun for the whole family, but let’s make sure it’s not a dangerous time for your pet. Thanksgiving centers around food, so here are a few Thanksgiving safety tips to protect your pet and avoid a visit to the veterinarian.

 Cut the fat:

Fatty or rich foods like beef fat, poultry skin and gravy can cause severe gastrointestinal issues in pets, including:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive gas
  • Serious diseases like pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is a severe inflammation of the pancreas, an organ that produces digestive enzymes. On the mild side, pancreatitis can cause vomiting and a decrease in appetite, but can potentially be fatal.

If you want to treat your pet, it’s best to stick to a pet treat or a couple of small bites of lean poultry or unsalted/unbuttered vegetables.

Bones are bad:

Although bones from our holiday birds look good to pets, they are dangerous and can cause intestinal upset and may even splinter once digested.

Watch the packaging:

Make sure you dispose of any turkey or other food packaging quickly and appropriately.

All strings, plastic holders and bags that have a meat smell to them can be very attractive to a pet. Once ingested, these items can cause damage or blockage of the intestines.

Chocolate is particularly toxic:

Consider all the cookie and desserts offered during the holidays, many of which contain chocolate.

Chocolate is dangerous for dogs in particular because it contains theobromine, a caffeine-like ingredient that can be toxic to your pet. Dogs are not able to metabolize theobromine as quickly as humans. Complications include:

  • Digestive issues
  • Dehydration
  • Excitability
  • Slow heart rate

Later stages of theobromine poisoning include epileptic-like seizures and death. Keep your pet away from dark, semi-sweet and baker’s chocolate because they contain higher levels of theobromine.

Source:  Banfield

5th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree Shop Graham First

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
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The 5th Annual Shop Graham First Holiday Shopping Spree event is here! Have you heard of this great program called Holiday Shopping Spree right here in Graham, Texas?   Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Shop Graham First, Holiday Shopping Spree encourages patronage to local stores and businesses in Graham.  This year, over $3,000 in prizes are up for grabs, so start shopping!

J&N Feed & Seed is a participating retailer.  Stop by and pick up your Holiday Shopping Spree card today and start shopping in Graham!

Here’s how it works:

  • Shopping cards available at participating merchants and the Graham Chamber of Commerce.
  • Shoppers will receive a punch for every $, $10, or $20 pretax purchase at the participating merchants.
  • Completed punch cards to be delivered to the Chamber by 5:00 pm on December 7, 2017
  • Shoppers receive ONE ENTRY for every completed card.
  • Winners are selected from a drawing on Friday, December 8th.

Experience the holidays with all the hustle and bustle at our Holiday Shopping Spree and wrap up all your shopping in Graham, at over 50 participating retailers.

J&N Feed and Seed is a proud member of the Graham Chamber of Commerce and a proud participant of the 5th Annual Shop Graham First Holiday Shopping Spree.

 

 

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
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thanksgivingThanksgiving Day is a celebration, giving thanks for the harvest and our many blessings from the past year. How does your family celebrate this holiday? 

Happy Thanksgiving from J&N Feed and Seed! We are thankful for our customers and this great community we call home!

J&N Feed and Seed is closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017, in observance of the holiday.  Our staff will be enjoying the day and giving thanks for family & friends! We will resume normal business hours starting on Friday, November 24, 2017. Get your shopping done earlier in the week and avoid the rush of the holiday weekend!

J&N Feed and Seed wishes you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving day!

Fish Stock Delivery

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
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2:30 pm

Fish Stock Delivery in Graham, Texas at J&N Feed and Seed on Friday, November 3, 2017

fish stock deliveryLooking for pond stocking in Graham, Texas? We’ve got a fish truck coming in soon! The Stock My Pond fish truck will make a delivery to J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, Texas, on Friday, November 3, 2017, from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m.  It’s a great time to get your pond stocked!

Stock My Pond will have channel cat, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, and fathead minnows.  Find out what type and size fish we offer on our website.   The Stock My Pond fish truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity or pond packages, we suggest you call.  Questions?  Call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768 or give us a call at the store 940- 549-4631.

J&N Feed and Seed
450 Pecan Street
Graham, TX
Phone: (940) 549-4631

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