Got a rodent problem? We can help! Just One Bite rodent control products kill house House Mice, Norway Rats and Roof Rats. To successfully control your rodent problem it’s important to know exactly what type of rodent you’re dealing with. Whether you have just one mouse or an infestation of rats, knowing your enemy is the first step to taking back your home or barn. At J&N Feed and Seed, we recommend Just One Bite for rodent control. With products designed for inside and outside your home or barn, we’re sure you’ll find the right product to fit your needs.
For Residential Control
Bait Station – Preloaded disposable bait station with a low profile design allows for easy placement behind stoves, refrigerators, under furniture, inside cabinets and in other hard to reach places.
Bait Blocks – Weather-resistant blocks for use inside and outside of agricultural and industrial buildings.
Pellet Place Packs – Fast and effective indoor and outdoor rat and house mouse control.
Bar – Individually wrapped bars can be broken into 2 oz mini-bars for multiple placements.
Bait Chunks fit in burrows, runways and hard-to-reach areas and can be used in bait stations.
Pellet Place Packs – No-touch pellet place packs for use in burrows, runways and other hard-to-reach areas.
Pick up Just One Bite mouse and rat poison at J&N Feed and Seed.
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The hot summer months in Texas wreak havoc on white-tailed deer and supplemental deer feeding may be necessary. As natural food sources are low, they will be looking for supplemental feed sources wherever they can be found. This is antler growth season and deer need high quality nutrition in order for maximum antler growth.
There are a number of good reasons for supplemental deer feeding at this time of year:
Increased antler growth for bucks
Better milk production for lactating does – translates to better muscle and skeletal growth for their fawns.
We recommend feeding Antlermax, 20%-protein pelleted ration designed to enhance the deer’s natural forage diet. Formulated with patented AntlerMax® Technology.
Improves antler size and mass and improves body condition.
Optimum reproductive performance and strong healthy fawns.
Proprietary AntlerMax® Mineral – optimal antler growth, density and strength.
Highly palatable – strong proprietary flavor attracts deer and elk.
To be fed free-choice with adequate forage or quality hay.
Properly watering trees and gardens will make all the difference when it comes to the health and stability of plants. Using Deep Drip Stakes, which waters the plant directly at the roots, helps ensure deep roots and plants that are full of life! J&N Feed and Seed now stocks Deep Drip Watering Stakes.
Deep Drip Water Stakes are designed to help you maintain healthy, beautiful trees and plants by watering them directly at the roots, while conserving up to 50% of your outdoor water usage and protecting the environment.
Wondering what size to use? Deep Drip is available in four convenient sizes!
8″ – For flowers, fruits, vegetables, and small plants.
14″- Perfect for plants with shallow roots including: potted plants, shrubs, vines and small
24″ – Works well on all medium to large tree varieties including fruit trees and palms.
Your 4th bag of Purina Strategy Horse Feed is free at J&N Feed and Seed! Celebrate the 4th of July with big savings on Purina Strategy Horse Feed. Buy any 3 bags of Purina Strategy Professional Formula GX or Purina Strategy Healthy Edge horse feed and we’ll give you the 4th bag FREE! All three bags must be purchased in the same transaction. Not valid on previous purchases.
Strategy® Professional Formula GX Horse Feed
Convenient, balanced nutrition for every horse in your barn at every life stage, from growing to breeding, from recreation to performing. Formulated for any horse at any life stage.
Purina Strategy Healthy Edge
For a shiny coat, full body condition and strong hooves, without the added calories that can make easy keepers obese. Formulated for maintenance, performance and senior horses that can chew and digest hay and pasture.
Offer valid July 1 through July 31, 2016, while supplies last!
Whether you’re starting with a group of new chicks or you’re looking to add a few new hens to an existing flock, proper planning, care and management can help the transition in introducing new chickens to your flock to be most successful.
Mikelle Roeder, Ph.D., a flock nutrition expert for Purina Animal Nutrition, says it’s especially important to understand the commitment of raising new birds.
“Springtime and new birds are often thought of together: both represent new beginnings and excitement, but we can’t forget that raising chicks is a long-term commitment,” Roeder says.
“Be sure to have a long-term plan and a place for them to live before your new birds arrive,” she adds. “Preparing for new arrivals can help prevent the spread of disease and keep the peace in your existing flock’s pecking order.”
Manage new birds separately.
As soon as new birds arrive, keep them separate from the rest of the flock. This allows you to monitor the birds closely and prevent any possible illness from spreading to either group.
“New birds have often traveled a fair amount and been near other birds – and your existing flock may have built immunity to germs in your area,” Roeder says. “Keep new birds in a separate room or coop for 30 days and monitor them to make sure they are free of disease and to acclimate them to your backyard.”
During this period, work with the existing flock first and wash your hands between groups to prevent any cross-contamination.
A similar quarantine plan is recommended for new chicks, as older hens can transmit disease to chicks and pullets. For chicks, though, the separation should last for 18 weeks to help the birds reach mature size and transition onto a layer feed before meeting other members of the flock.
“Start new chicks away from the flock, in a brooder,” Roeder says. “This allows you to provide the chicks supplemental heat and teach them to drink and eat a high-energy complete feed. Once they are ready to enter a coop, continue to raise them separately until they reach the same size as the mature birds to minimize potential physical injuries once the two groups of birds are introduced.”
Introduce birds in groups.
After the quarantine period, gradually familiarize new birds to the existing flock. Introducing groups of birds similar in size and traits into a familiar setting can help provide a smooth transition. Be sure there is plenty of space to prevent overcrowding.
“One way to help both groups acclimate to each other is to place the two groups in side-by-side runs,” Roeder says. “Placing the two groups next to one another for one week can help the birds form bonds before being housed together. It can also alert you to potential personality clashes that may be difficult to resolve. Another strategy is to let the new group free-range first and then introduce the existing flock to place the focus on new surroundings rather than new flock members.”
In either case, add additional feeders and waterers to the run to prevent the new birds from being deterred from eating and drinking. During the introduction period, the new pecking order will begin to be established. In most flocks, one bird is dominant in the group and the remaining birds will fall into an accepted order below the dominant bird. Occasionally two strong-willed birds may consistently fight in an attempt to gain the position of dominant bird. In this case, the owner may need to find a new home for one of them in order to maintain peace in the flock.
“The pecking order is a very stable structure in the group until a bird is removed or new birds are added,” Roeder says. “At that point, the order must be re-established. Add new birds in a group with similar-sized hens and plenty of available feed, space and water to help ease the transition.”
Monitor for success.
After new birds are added to the group, monitor the flock for success or fallouts.
“Watch the group closely after the introduction,” Roeder says. “Birds that are happy, healthy and content will continue their routines without changes in personality or feed consumption. Consistency is especially important during transitions, so be sure to continue providing high-quality complete feed, shelter and fresh water at all times.”
Raising Show Cattle is a lot like sports. When you want to be successful at sports, you don’t just show up for games and expect to win. You attend team practices, you practice at home and you follow the game plan outlined by the coach. The same concept applies to showing cattle. You prepare for the ‘game’ through daily animal care, grooming and seeking guidance from the pros or a ‘coach.’ You follow that game plan right up until show day.
Bob May, Purina® Honor® Show Chow®Ambassador from Mineral Point, Wis., uses an intense and individualized game plan for each of his cattle.
“Success in the showring starts with the cattle’s conformation, but is achieved with consistent hard work and daily care to get the cattle where they need to be at the show,” says May.
The calf may be the star athlete, but even the best athletes don’t perform well without proper daily training, management and a supportive team behind them.
May suggests the following daily care tips to help take your show project to the next level:
1. Involve a veterinarian. Before an animal arrives at your farm, have a plan in place through your veterinarian for health and vaccination protocols. Ask the prior owner for a full health history on the animal, so you can have all of the animal’s health information at hand.
2. Earn the animal’s trust. A show calf needs to trust you, and trust comes in the form of working with the animal on a daily basis. It may be a long, slow process, but it’s one that’s essential to form a partnership with your project animal.
3. Have a consistent feeding routine. May suggests feeding individually at the same time each day. Cattle crave consistency, and when they are fed inconsistently they might also eat inconsistently. May also emphasizes that calves may eat better when they eat in a group setting. To make this possible, he will place individual calves in different runs nose-to-nose and feed them at the same time to mimic feeding in a group.
4. Monitor feed intake. Monitor what your animal is consuming at each feeding, and clean out old feed immediately. May has seen cases where new feed is simply dumped on top of old feed.
“You can quickly lose track of how much feed your calf is actually consuming,” explains May. “You think they are getting 15 pounds at night, and they are actually getting 18 because someone didn’t clean out the old feed from the morning.”
5.Ensure water availability and quality. Animals should have access to clean, cool water at all times. This basic animal care tip is sometimes overlooked, according to May.
“We clean our water tanks frequently,” May says. “Clean, cool water will keep cattle drinking and eating in those hot summer months when consumption usually drops off.”
6.Keep pens and cooler rooms clean. May mentions a good rule of thumb is if it smells or looks wet or dirty – clean it. A clean pen or cooler room will make grooming and daily care of the animal easier for both the animal and the exhibitor.
“If you don’t want to be in those pens or cooler rooms because of the smell, then the animal doesn’t want to be either,” he explains. “Cooler rooms do not equate to hair growth. Cleanliness is most important for hair growth.”
7. Learn the hair cycles. Hair grows in 90-day cycles, and this knowledge can help you determine what stage an animal’s hair will be in (or you want to be in) as you arrive at your show date. For example, for a show in August, May’s goal is to have all the old hair removed by the middle of May.
May doesn’t shear off any of his calves, but recognizes this is a standard practice for some breeds. Instead, he relies on a shedding comb to bust through and remove old hair. The shedding comb works best when hair is dirty and dusty, not wet or caked with manure.
8.Practice, practice, practice. May has his own children show their animals in competition at least twice before heading to their target show. This allows the animals and exhibitors to shake their ‘first-time jitters.’
“Specifically at the county fair level, it may be the first and only time both the kids and the cattle have seen the showring,” he explains. “And usually, that is not a good experience for the exhibitor or the animal.”
9.Find a hoof trimmer you can trust. May encourages all exhibitors to seek an expert in hoof care and recommends networking with other show enthusiasts to find a good trimmer in your area. Unlike clipping and fitting, there is little room for practice on hooves.
“Find a good hoof trimmer that will do a little trimming on the top, but does most of the work underneath the hoof,” he says. “A bad hoof trimming can result in disaster.”
10.Stick to the game plan. Have a management plan. Identify important dates before the show, and execute your plan daily.
“If you don’t focus on the management, other exhibitors will,” explains May. “And quite simply, if you don’t focus – those that do will beat you. They will be better prepared.”
You are invited to add a family member to your house in the largest pet adoption effort ever held in North Texas. Clear The Shelters Day is Saturday, July 23, 2016, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. During this special adoption event, all spayed and neutered animals will be available to the public at no cost, although other fees may apply. The shelters look forward to matching beautiful animals to loving, forever homes throughout North Texas.
During the summer, many of the shelters swell with abandoned and surrendered pets after spring births or simply from people who give up their animals when they leave for vacation.
Please consider opening your heart and home to an animal in need. Below is a listing of shelters that are participating in “Clear The Shelter” day.
Arlington Animal Services, 1000 SE Green Oaks, Arlington, TX 76018
Balch Springs Animal Shelter, 3117 Hickory Tree Road, Balch Springs, TX 75180