Archive for June, 2018

Hot Weather Alert: Help Your Cattle Beat the Heat

Friday, June 29th, 2018

By Kent Tjardes

 

If you’re a kid at the swimming pool, the heat of summer can be delightful. But for cattle, summer heat can be dangerous, even deadly. “Heat stress in cattle is not something to be taken lightly,” says Kent Tjardes, Ph.D. and cattle consultant with Purina Animal Nutrition. “A few precautionary steps are essential to help cattle through hot weather.”

Be Water Wise

The Most important essential is the availability of clean, fresh water for all cattle. “Cattle water intake can increase by up to 50 percent during extreme heat,” says Tjardes. “Water not only prevents dehydration, but many animals will place their tongue and nose in the water to help cool the body.” Here are some water Tips:

  • Consider adding trough space when cattle are crowding existing water sources. The recommended standard linear waterer space is about .75 inches per head. But increasing linear area to two or more inches per head has been show to decrease heat stress.
  • Monitor Calves carefully for water intake. Calves are small, and they get dehydrated quickly. Cows typically drink first, making calves second in line. Make sure there is enough water flow for the calves after the cows have been at the water source. After a few long hours in the heat, the last thing you want is calves to return to an empty waterer.
  • Ensure water sources are at an appropriate height for calves to access. The height of some waterers makes it hard for calves to access, discouraging water intake.

Control Flies

Controlling flies is another essential strategy.”Biting, irritation, and blood loss caused by flies adds stress to the animal,” says Tjardes. “To protect themselves from flies, cattle often group together. But this behavior can cause animals at the center of the group to become overheated.” Use fly control methods to reduce irritation, grouping behavior, and help alleviate heat stress caused by grouping. Here are some go-to fly control methods:

  • For pasture settings, offer Purina Wind and Rain Storm Fly Control Mineral with Altosid Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) to target horn flies.
  • In feedyard settings, consider a custom Purina supplement with ClariFly to control house, stable, face, and horn flies.
  • In any environment, cleanliness is critical. Scrape manure out of lots, remove excess feed along the outside of bunks and cut weeds to help reduce fly populations.

More Essentials

In addition to water management and fly control, here are a few more essential to help cattle beat the heat.

  • Offer shade: shade can’t always be provided but, when available, it can help cattle avoid heat stress.
  • Consider air flow: A five to ten mph wind helps to cool the animal’s body temperature. Avoid the use of pens with limited air flow (i.e., pens surrounded by tall cornfields or bales) or remove potential windbreaks. If you do use pens with limited airflow, build mounds within them to help raise cattle to an elevation of airflow.
  • Don’t handle the cattle in the heat: If possible, consider waiting until a cooler day. If you must work animals, do so in the morning when the temperature tends to be the lowest.

A few small changes can help keep cattle comfortable when the summer temperature rises.

Source: Purina Poultry

Keep Cool With Orbit Outdoor Misting System

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Orbit Outdoor Misting SystemEnjoy your backyard and patio area even in the hottest temperatures with an Orbit Outdoor Misting System from J&N Feed and Seed. If you’re looking for an easy way to cool your outdoor living space, Orbit’s Preassembled Mist Cooling Kit is a great solution. Ready to install right out of the box so you can begin cooling temperatures up to 20°!

We stock the Orbit Basic Outdoor Misting System and add-on kits. The Basic Kit is a pre-assembled system that includes 10 feet of flexible tubing at an economical price. Basic mist cooling extensions can expand this system up to 100 feet. Packs easily for portability, or can be permanently installed. Drops outdoor temperatures up to 20 degrees

Orbit Basic Outdoor Cooling Misting System:

  • Outdoor cooling misting system
  • Great for cooling your outdoor living areas
  • Installs in less than 30 minutes
  • Orbit outdoor misting system attaches to any standard garden hose
  • 10 feet of mist cooling coverage
  • Expands up to 50 feet
  • 3/8″

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CapShield Plus Flea Treatment and Preventative

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

CapShield Plus Flea Treatment and Preventative for Dogs and Cats are one of the most effective over-the-counter flea preventing and repelling tablets for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens 2 pounds of body weight or greater and 8 weeks of age and older. CapShield Plus is a combination of Nitenpyram and Lufenuron. The two products when used together kill adult fleas and prevent flea eggs from hatching.  CapShield Plus comes in a 6 month supply and is sourced and packaged in the USA.  Pick up CapShield Plus at J&N Feed and Seed and be flea free all summer long!

Capshield Plus FleaAvailable in the following sizes:
Puppies and Small Dogs – 2 to 10 lbs.
Puppies and Small Dogs – 11 to 25 lbs.
Medium Dogs – 26 to 45 lbs.
Medium and Large Dogs – 46 to 90 lbs.
6 MONTH SUPPLY

Dosage:
A single dose of CapShield Plus can be provided once monthly as needed, or once monthly for
continued supplementation/protection. CapShield Plus capsules are recommended for dogs 8 weeks or older.

Active Ingredient: Each capsule contains 11.3 mg of Nitenpyram and 45 mg of Lufenuron

Pick up CapShield Plus Flea Treatment and Preventative at J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, Texas. We carry a full line of pet supplies, feeds and supplements to keep your pets happy and healthy.

 

CoolZone Ultrasonic Dry Misting Fan by SunHeat

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Dry Misting FanKeep cool during the hot season with The Original Sunheat’s CoolZone Ultrasonic Dry Misting Fan, now available at J&N Feed.  The CoolZone  Ultrasonic Dry Misting Fan is designed to keep you cool and comfortable during the hot season with many beneficial features.  The misting function uses ultrasonic high-frequency oscillation principles to atomize the water into 1-5 micron ultra-fine particles. The water is then diffused into the air leaving you cool and hydrated, but not feeling wet. For an even cooler breeze, simply freeze the included polar packs and add one to the water tank. Sterilize your air by using the anion function, which utilizes a pulse and a high oscillation circuit to produce corona and oxygen molecules. If using indoors, electronic thermal sensors detect the temperature and display it for easier use. When outdoors, use the mosquito repellent function to keep disease-carrying pests away. Connect your device to the fan via a USB port or Bluetooth Technology to enjoy music from the built-in speakers. Wheels on the unit make it simple to transport between rooms or move from outside to inside throughout the year. A remote control is included for convenience and easy use.

  • 18 in. 3 speed oscillating and tilt fan
  • Wheels to transport between rooms or move from outside to inside throughout the year
  • Remote control is included for convenience and easy use
  • Mosquito repellent function
  • Dry mist doesn’t condensate on you or your belongings like other misting fans
  • Anion function

 

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Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Fourth of July Pet Safety TipsDid you know, more pets go missing on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year? Follow these Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips to keep your pooch, happy and safe during the holiday.

For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including furry friends. While it may seem like a great idea to reward your pet with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality, some festive foods and activities can be potentially hazardous to him. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:

  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them.Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
  • Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
  • Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
  • Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.
  • Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it.While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.
  • Keep citronella candles, insect coils and tiki torch oil products out of reach. Ingestion can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
  • Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic, and other heavy metals.
  • Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, who can become frightened or disoriented by the sound. Please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities, and opt instead to keep them safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.
  • Be prepared in the event that your pet does escape by keeping your pets’ IDs up to date! It’s a good idea for all your animal companions—even indoor-only pets—to always wear a collar with an ID tag that includes your name, current phone number, and any relevant contact information. July 1 is National ID Your Pet Day, which serves as an annual check-in to make sure your pets’ identification tags and microchip information is up to date.

Content by ASPCA

Get Cooking With Blackstone Griddles From J&N Feed

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Blackstone GriddlesGet cooking with Blackstone Griddles at J&N Feed and Seed.  These quality griddles are crafted to high standards of both function and portability. Griddle cooking will open the door to numerous possibilities in your outdoor cooking experience. Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner, the Blackstone Griddle is a perfect fit for fast and consistent griddle results. The solid steel griddle is designed for consistent and even temperature across the griddle surface. Perfect for large groups or a more intimate setting. This griddle is a breakfast lover’s dream. Make pancakes, eggs, bacon, and just about anything else you can envision on this griddle. No wonder why with over 1 million sold, Blackstone Griddles are the best-selling Griddles in the world!

Spartan Mosquito Eradicator at J&N Feed

Monday, June 4th, 2018

Spartan Mosquito EradicatorTake back your outdoor space with the Spartan Mosquito Eradicator, now available at J&N Feed and Seed. Deploy Spartan Mosquito Eradicators as soon as the weather begins to warm to create a barrier, giving the mosquitoes a target that emits the same attraction triggers as people and animals. Once mosquitoes feed on the water solution, they die before they can breed again.

The Spartan Mosquito Eradicator is a uniquely effective, long-lasting, continuous mosquito control system. The Spartan Mosquito Eradicator also doesn’t require batteries or electricity, just water!  The mosquito population will suffer dramatically in the first 15 days and will be 95% controlled for up to 90 days.

Help protect yourself from mosquito bites. Pick up Spartan Mosquito Eradicators at J&N Feed and Seed and take back your outdoors the Spartan way!

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Vortex Optics At J&N

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Vortex OpticsJ&N Feed and Seed is your source for Vortex Optics in Graham, Texas. Shop our vast selection of Vortex rifle scopes lines including the Viper, Diamondback and Crossfire. We also stock Strike Fire Red Dots, Spitfire Prism Scopes and a large selection of binoculars.

Vortex Optics manufactures a complete product line of binoculars, spotting scopes, riflescopes, monoculars, tripods and accessories for hunting, bird watching, wildlife watching, outdoor recreational sports, and law enforcement. It has gained a reputation as producing some of the “best value for the money” products in the hunting and shooting industry. Vortex Optics are what you buy when you want the best, but don’t want to break the bank. All Vortex products come with the Vortex VIP Warranty. Unlimited. Unconditional. Lifetime.

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