The annual Graham Holiday Shopping Spree event is almost here!
Have you heard of this great program called the Holiday Shopping Spree right here in Graham? Sponsored by the Graham Chamber of Commerce and Shop Graham First, Holiday Shopping Spree encourages patronage to local stores and businesses in Graham. This year the shopping spree will kick-off on Friday, November 27th, and run through Friday, December 18th. Lots of prizes are up for grabs, so fill those cards!
J&N Feed & Seed is a participating retailer. Stop by and pick up your shopping spree card today and start shopping locally in Graham, Texas!
J&N Feed and Seed is a proud member of the Graham Chamber of Commerce and a proud participant of the Annual Shop Graham First Holiday Shopping Spree. Shop local this holiday season and help keep sales tax dollars right here in our great community. For more information, call the Graham Chamber of Commerce at 940-549-3355.
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For the Texas waterfowl season, our waterfowl program leader, Kevin Kraai, says, “Texas duck hunters will have the most opportunity for a fruitful season when hunting in East Texas and along the coast. Be mobile, as conditions will vary throughout the state.”
Reports from breeding grounds in the Dakotas tell us duck production was excellent this summer. This is especially good news, because hunters usually have more success when flocks include a lot of inexperienced young ducks.
Regular duck season opens 10/31 in the High Plains Mallard Management Unit, 11/7 in the South Zone, and on 11/14 in the North Zone.
General goose season opens 11/7 in the East Zone and 11/14 in the West Zone. Reports from Canada suggest that the Arctic goose hatch was poor this past summer, so juvenile snow geese will be in short supply for that declining overall population. Small Canada geese will likely be abundant in the Panhandle.
Proof of Hunter Education – look online if you need a copy of your certificate, then keep that proof in your pocket!
Your license can now be accessed digitally with the Outdoor Annual app or the My Texas Hunt Harvest app, or your emailed license receipt can be used to hunt waterfowl.
Ducks You’ll Find in Texas:
The Lone Star State has both year-round duck residents, as well as migrant visitors that winter here. All wild species of ducks are considered migratory game birds and are protected by state and federal laws.
Find out more about puddle and diving ducks in the video, Ducks.
Tips to Get You Home Safe and Sound:
Waterfowl hunts take place in locations that are often cold, wet, remote and dark. They come with unique risks that you must recognize and prepare for to avoid tragedy.
Prepare for your hunt by looking over our list of 7 safety tips and techniques just for waterfowlers. If you use a boat while hunting, use the risk assessment tool to help decrease those risks you can control. Let’s get everyone home safe and sound.
Preconditioning calves is one way that a farm or ranch can really add value, whether those cattle are staying on the farm or moving into a stocker or feedlot scenario. The producer implementing a preconditioning program may receive a higher premium. No matter where the calf goes after that, the opportunity for improved health and performance should be adding value from that program.
In times of high cattle prices, it’s not uncommon for producers to want to capitalize on prices as quickly as possible.
And, it’s no different for this year’s valuable calf crop. Producers are gearing up to cash in on their investment in producing and raising a healthy calf, but there are a few reasons to slow down and evaluate if this is the most profitable path. Could waiting a few months longer realize additional payoff?
Preconditioning cattle, which commonly includes a vaccination, nutritional and management program to help calves through a stressful timeframe, can be an investment, but it can be an investment with potentially bigger payoffs down the road.
Here are four reasons preconditioning calves makes ‘cents’:
1. Improved calf health
As many producers know, weaning can be a very stressful time for calves. Stress may cause them to go off feed, become immunocompromised and more susceptible to disease, or even result in death.
Calves that are preconditioned with an effective vaccination program and started on a high-quality nutrition program may be better equipped to handle this period of stress.
Research shows that preconditioned calves may have a significant reduction in treatment costs, as much as $29.50 per head, as well as 3.1 percent lower mortality rate in comparison to non-preconditioned calves.1 Investing in animal health with preconditioning can help cattle get through a stressful period, meaning potentially less treatment cost and more calves down the road.
2. Additional calf weight gain and increased feed efficiency
Selling calves at a later date that have gone through a preconditioning program (45 days or more) will have added weight versus calves that are sold at weaning.2 Additionally, research shows that calves that have gone through preconditioning have 7.2 percent better feed efficiency.1
Another study shows that preconditioning can add up to $61 per head to the value of heifers or $11.04 per hundredweight to the initial weaning weight.3
3. Seasonal market payoff
Preconditioning may provide an opportunity to sell calves in a more favorable market. In many instances, spring-born calves are weaned in October and are either sold at that point, or they are preconditioned to be marketed roughly 45 days later in November or December. Seasonal price indicators show that it may be more profitable to wait for higher prices in November or December, but that it varies based on market scenarios.4
Market prices for cattle can really fluctuate, and it’s important to have tabs on the market value at any given time, in comparison to what you’ll be investing in a preconditioning program. Cattle producers should always have a goal in place before starting a program.
4. Management premium
Despite the additional costs of vaccination and nutrition, research shows that conservatively, preconditioning may capture $50 to $75 per head of additional value.3 Whether you keep the set of calves on your operation for further development, or are looking to sell those calves to a stocker or feedlot operation, this added value can mean potential profit in the form of healthier animals and the resulting premiums.
When considering a preconditioning program, there are several critical management elements to keep in mind. Make sure preconditioned calves are acquainted with feed bunks and water troughs. Fresh, clean water should be offered at all times. In addition, calves should be offered a high-quality, balanced diet with the appropriate amount of energy, protein, minerals and vitamins.
We buy pecans here at J&N Feed and Seed, in Graham, Texas. Do you have good pecan producing trees in your yard and could use a little extra spending money? Bag up your yard crop of whole pecans and sell them to us. We will buy pecans from you, at the current price per pound of $0.45 to $0.50, but that can fluctuate, so you may want to call the store to confirm, (940) 549-4631.
J&N Feed and Seed -450 Pecan Street, Graham, Texas, 76450
Make collecting pecans easier with a Pecan Roller from J&N Feed. We’ve also got assorted nutcrackers to make shelling easier, just in case you want to keep some pecans for yourself. Prefer to purchase your pecans already shelled? We sell 1 pound bags here at the store. Stop by and see us today.
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This is the perfect time to plant your chilled bulbs for spring. They should be in the ground before the first frost, so plant now while the soil is still easy to work. Iris, daylilies, and gladiolas should also be planted at this time, although they are not “true” bulbs, but rhizomes, tubers, and corms, respectively. Yet all of these like bulbs require the cooler soil of winter to generate healthy new growth in spring.
Transform your landscape with the addition of fresh, colorful blooms! Pansies are by far the most popular Winter color. The “Matrix” Pansy has been outstanding for our Texas weather. It will not “stretch” during bouts of warm temperatures and is bred to grow out, not up. This compact grower offers shorter stems to support large colorful blooms. Dianthus (also known as “Pinks”), Snapdragons, Cyclamen, Violas and the fragrant Alyssum are also good choices for cold tolerant annuals. Ornamental Cabbage and Kale provide interesting texture in the landscape as well as color. For best effect, limit your planting to two or three colors per bed.
The key to growing beautiful annual flowers is soil preparation. Remember to add 2 to 3 inches of mulch to all beds to reduce moisture loss, prevent weeds from germinating, and to insulate the soil from the cold.
Using the same colorful annuals will add a splash of color to your patio containers. Fill your container with fresh potting soil, plant food and your choice of these beautiful annuals to brighten your winter. Keep them watered as necessary and remove faded flowers to encourage repeat blooming.
If you want those beautiful Texas Bluebonnets in the Spring, sow the seed in early November!
Please remember the birds! Texas is a haven for birds. No other state in the United States has more species within its boundaries. There are currently over 620 species documented in Texas, which is almost 75 percent of all bird species recorded in the continental United States. To attract the widest variety of wild birds, you should consider placing a wide variety of bird feeders and food around your yard.
Gastric discomfort may negatively affect a horse’s health, attitude and performance. Fortunately, recognizing signs of discomfort and providing proper equine management can help support your horse’s gastric health.
Did you know that the prevalence of gastric discomfort in active horses is high? Studies indicate that the prevalence of gastric ulcers in performance horses is 90% or more¹.
What causes gastric discomfort in horses?
As grazing animals, horses are made to steadily eat a forage-based diet throughout the course of an entire day. As a result, this constant slow-feed intake naturally regulates the acidity of the horse’s stomach contents. Additionally, the saliva a horse generates through chewing naturally buffers the acid.
Modern horse-keeping practices often limit feeding to two or three daily meals. Unless a horse is turned out to graze or barn staff frequently refills the hay supply, the horse doesn’t receive more hay until the next feeding.
Even though the horse isn’t eating, his stomach still produces acid because without chewing, there isn’t a steady source of saliva and natural enzymes to help protect the stomach. As a result, an overabundance of acid and a lack of saliva means the stomach’s natural pH level drops too. These factors create the trifecta for gastric discomfort in equine health.
Stress can also put horses at a greater risk for gastric discomfort. Rigorous exercise, long-distance travel, a new environment and confinement can contribute to lower gastric pH levels.
What are the signs of gastric discomfort in horses?
Gastric discomfort can present differently in individual horses. Common signs of equine gastric discomfort include:
Poor body condition
Poor coat condition
Teeth grinding (bruxism)
Changes in behavior, including aggression, nervous behaviors, side biting and “girthiness”
Acute or recurring colic
How to manage a horse with gastric discomfort
Research has shown continuous acid production and low gastric pH can contribute to the development of gastric ulcers and Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS)1. Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize your horse’s risk for developing EGUS and manage a horse with gastric discomfort.
1. Recognize factors or events known to cause gastric discomfort in horses.
Firstly, some factors include:
Lack of turnout
High starch diets
Prolonged use of NSAIDs
Elevated exercise, training, showing or racing
2. Recognize the signs of gastric discomfort in horses.
Secondly, common signs are listed above, but individual horses present discomfort in different ways. Become familiar with your horse’s normal behavior to help determine if behavior changes are a sign of gastric discomfort.
3. When to seek help from your veterinarian.
Thirdly, work with your veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment if you recognize risk factors or symptoms. Gastroscopy is the only way to confirm the presence of gastric ulcers, and prescription acid suppression therapy may be required to heal ulcerations. If treatment is necessary, work with your veterinarian to determine the best medication for equine gastric health.
4. Manage gastric discomfort.
Develop a management program to minimize the factors contributing to gastric discomfort. Provide ample turnout and continuous access to fresh water. Anticipate stressful events, such as traveling or showing, and use Purina® Outlast® Gastric Supplement to support and maintain gastric health and proper pH during those times.
5. Horse nutrition.
Finally, by choosing the right feed products and implementing good feeding management practices are vital in managing your horse’s gastric health.
Never allow more than six hours of fasting and provide frequent access to good quality hay and/or pasture.
Incorporate alfalfa into your horse’s diet.
Feed higher fat and fiber concentrates and avoid high starch and sugar feeds. The Purina horse feed lineup includes many appropriate options
Support optimal gastric pH by feeding Purina® Outlast® Gastric Support Supplement along with concentrate meals. In addition, feed Outlast®1 supplement as a snack before you ride, trailer or show to maximize gastric support during these activities.
For horses needing more calories, Purina® Ultium® Gastric Care and Race Ready® GT horse feeds both contain a full serving of Outlast® supplement and are designed to support gastric health and caloric needs of performance and race horses. Strategy® GX and Strategy® Healthy Edge®, Impact® Professional Performance, Omolene 100® Active Pleasure, Omolene 200® Performance, Omolene 300® Growth, Omolene 400® Complete Advantage and Omolene 500® Competition horse feeds now also all contain Purina® Outlast® Gastric Support Supplement.
In conclusion, recognizing the signs associated with gastric discomfort and adjusting management and dietary practices, you can help support your horse’s gastric health. Learn more about your horse’s gastric health and Outlast® supplement by visiting J & N Feed and Seed and checking out our horse feed selection.
Is your horse irritable, agitated, or uncomfortable? If your horse suffers from gastric discomfort, you might be shopping for a new supplement to help provide relief. Forget the trendy new products and unproven additives. Go with your horse’s gut and choose a product you can trust – Purina® Outlast® gastric support supplement.
Outlast® products contain an exclusive form of seaweed-derived calcium that’s functionally different from other marine-derived sources in five significant ways:
Source – proprietary ingredient derived from two specific types of seaweed
Composition – more than just calcite
Structure – highly distinguished honeycomb structure increases surface area 3 to 5 times higher than other sources
Maintenance of optimal pH – multiple studies have demonstrated superior buffering capacity
Research – four peer-reviewed research abstracts evaluating Outlast®supplement have been published
90% of horses experience gastric discomfort. As a result, Gastric discomfort affects your horse’s health, attitude, and performance. Support your horse through any stressful event with Purina® Outlast® gastric support supplement.
Give them relief by stopping at J & N Feed and Seed and shopping our Horse Feed selection.
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Check out Purina’s one-of-a-kind farm to find out what makes their 1,200-acre working farm in Gray Summit, Missouri, so unique. Find out in this short video, which explains our research and innovation philosophy. Plus, get a behind-the-scenes look at a few of the 80 beautiful horses that call it home. As a result, Purina conducts a lot of research to support horse health here.
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Preconditioning. Weaning. Starting. Backgrounding. Whatever you want to call it, all of these cattle production terms involve getting calves off to a healthy start. A good start for healthy calves requires attention to two specific areas: your health and nutrition programs. Here are a few quick tips for healthy calves:
Work with your local veterinarian to determine your operations’ herd health program, which includes appropriate vaccinations and deworming protocols for calves in this phase.
Wean calves for a minimum of 45 days. This period of time allows them to adapt to separation from dams, transition onto feed and overcome other stress factors of weaning.
Use starter feeds to help transition calves to their next phase of life.
Purina® Accuration® Starter Complete, Precon® Complete and Stress Care® 5 Supplement all contain RX3® Immune Support Technology, a precise combination of prebiotics, probiotics and plant extracts. These starters achieve both health and nutrition goals by supporting calves during stress and respiratory challenges while optimizing the plane of nutrition.
Fish Stock Delivery in Graham, Texas at J&N Feed and Seed.
Looking for pond stocking in Graham, Texas? We’ve got a fish truck coming in soon! The Stock My Pond fish truck will deliver to J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, Texas, on Thursday, October 29th, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.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 at 940- 549-4631.
J&N Feed and Seed
450 Pecan Street
Phone: (940) 549-4631
Winter cattle feed booking is now available at J&N Feed and Seed. Yes, it’s that time of year again. Stop by the store now and lock in your feed price for the winter month contract season. Make sure you get the BEST available nutrition for your animals at the BEST price booking with J&N Feed and Seed. Please call the store at 940-549-4631 or stop by for current pricing.
J&N Feed and Seed
450 Pecan St
Graham, TX 76450-2524
At J&N Feed and Seed we’ve got the quality feeds and the booking proposition you need to stay on top of the cattle business.