Archive for November, 2013

Do you need a sheep hay feeder that is easy to put together yet manageable? The Mini Pasture Feeder is not only usable for sheep, but also for goats and miniature horses. It is short so easy to reach by the animals, and very easy to install.

The Mini Pasture Feeder is made with a pre-galvanized catch basin and a hot dipped galvanized hay rack to prevent it from rusting. The legs and frame are very sturdy and will last a long time. The feeder assembles in 10 minutes with 4 bolts and then it is ready to be used! If you need a feeder for your sheep, goats, or miniature horses, the Mini Pasture Feeder is the perfect addition to your property.


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November 24, 2013 4:45 pm

Protecting your head is very important when riding horses. Falling off a horse can be detrimental. If you are looking for a riding helmet, you may be in luck. Troxel has some very sturdy, yet affordable riding helmets. The Troxel Legacy Riding Helmet and theTroxel Legacy Antiquus Graphic Helmets are wonderful for adolescents with smaller heads. It creates a comfortable and safe environment for your head. The Troxel Sport Helmets come in many sizes based on the age of the rider. They are lightweight and have many vents for air circulation.

Whether you are a beginner or advanced rider, you will need a helmet at some point of your life. Troxel is your choice!


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Having a saddle that fits  is extremely important in the health, comfort, happiness, and even performance of your horse.  When you are working with a horse, you need the very best equipment. The Kincade Leather All-Purpose Saddle is the perfect saddle for jumping, hacking, or just flatwork. It features a nice medium deep seat and padded Airflo flaps with knee roll for added confidence. The All Purpose Saddle is available in medium or wide. Ride your horse in confidence and ease!



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A cattle prod has many negative connotations towards it, as it is a shock tool used on animals. Ranchers use this tool to effectively move cattle into and through handling facilities and onto trucks. This prod is a tool to help the rancher ease a one way efficient direction with his/her cattle, not to torture them. The tool is designed to assist the handler to start the cattle moving in the required direction.

Manufacturers have made prods with high/low selector switches. For smaller animals, the low charge is used. Cattle have very thick skin, therefore  a higher switch is used. The contact points are used on the real flank or upper rear leg of the animal. You just need to press the lower button and release it.

In order to use the Cattle prod effectively and properly, you need a charger, and a shaft. There are a few kinds of  chargers. The Orange 150 Stock Prod  is light weight and works on wet or dry animals. This is a product by Gallager and the Flexible polycarbonate shaft works wonderfully with it. The brand “Hot shot” makes interchangeable shafts that go with the Hot Shot DuraProd handle, The Green One, or the Red Handle.






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3:54 pm


It is important to have information on your cattle and to let your packers and retailers know everything they need to know. Alflex sets the standard with their innovative technology.

“Allflex® sets the industry standard for EID with millions of cattle identified since 1995. Capture info about your cattle for your own use, or to integrate with larger databases for branded beef programs, supply chain agreements or BQA programs. Be ready when packers or retailers want info about your cattle now or down the road. ISO Compliance means Allflex® EID technology meets stringent international standards. Use of Radio Frequency Identification (EID) has gained worldwide momentum. Unique identification numbers are stored in the EID tag to be retrieved by a reading device (antenna). Birth weight, date, sire, dam, health records and other info is stored in manual or electric databases to become the backbone for management decisions, genetic selection and BQA participation.”

The Alflex RS320 Series Bluetooth is a kit that contains a 60 cm stick reader. This reader has bluetooth technology that is compliant with ISO and can read Cattle Ear Tags. If you are serious about Cattle, this is a must have! The pro kit comes with everything you need, including the downloading software. You will be able to get pedigrees, health records, and any info you would like to store, to better ease your cattle business and gain trust with your fellow business partners.




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1:31 pm

As a beginner in goats, I have added these two books to my wish list. These books would make wonderful holiday gifts and perfect stocking stuffers! Storey’s publishing provides information that is easy to read and wonderful for those starting out or thinking about it. If you are looking for any goat books, there are two books that are perfect for you or a loved ones.

Storey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats is just what the title says. If you are interesting in learning about raising goats for milk, learning about the various breeds of goats that are perfect for milk or cheese, and more, this is the book for you! This 304 page book is comprehensive yet east to read. The author, Jerry Belanger, teaches you the breeds, cheese making, diseases, diagnoses, and much more! If you are more interested in meat goats, Storey’s Guide to Raising Meat Goats is for you. Maggie Sayer writes a thorough 344 page book on choosing your meat goats and marketing them for meat.

Raising goats can be fun with a good start of knowledge. These two books are wonderful in getting you to a  good path of raising goats for milk, cheese, or meat.

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12:53 pm

If you are learning to ride a horse English or Western, you are probably familiar with Snaffle Bits. If you are unfamiliar with one, on a snaffle bit, the rein will attach directly to the mouthpiece. The Snaffle Bit will act like a nutcracker (if jointed) on the bars of the horse’s mouth. The bars are the area of gum between the front and back teeth and the corners of the tongue. As the rider takes contact with the rein, the horse will feel the pressure and contact and obey the rider. Young and inexperienced horses get introduced to snaffle bits for training purposes and control. A Snaffle Bit is a direct pull bit.

Types of Snaffle Bits

The gentlest type of snaffle bit is the Egg Butt Snaffle. The reason it is so gentle is that it does not pinch the corners of the mouth. The D Ring Snaffle is another type of snaffle bit and is shaped like a “D.” The most common ring syles are the Loose Ring snaffle bits, Eggbutt, and Full Cheek snaffle bits.







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12:30 pm

At times cage birds can get ailments, such as respiratory ailments, Scaly Leg Mites, or Scaly Face. If you are more into holistic methods, the Vetrx is a wonderful treatment to have on hand! VetRx is wonderful for Poultry too! Vetrx works effectively for watery eye symptoms, difficulty breathing, tail bobbing, the huddling and ruffling of feathers and that annoying sneeze. Those that show poultry use this liquid for leg mites as well and to shine their birds up for show.

Types of birds that can be treated by VetRx

  • Canaries
  • Parakeets
  • Chicken
  • Quail
  • Parrots
  • Finches
  • Cockatoos
  • Macaws

When in doubt, get some VetRx for your medicine cabinet; You will be glad you did!


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November 22, 2013 6:02 pm

Storing feed is frustrating at times. Feed attracts vermin when bags are open, animals can get in, your own pets can even get into the bag and cause a mess! Feed is not as fresh if open and a container is needed to store them to ensure that they are palatable and safe to your animals. Moisture and mold is a huge problem in feed and storage containers can help! There are many types of storage containers. The Aut-O Dine 25 Feeder is easy loading and a combination feeder that can hold up to 25 pounds of dry dog food. This feeder can be mounted on a wall or fence for space efficiency. This feeder could also be used for other animals, such as cats, poultry, and goats. The Stack-N-Store Stackable Storage Bin is highly recommended if you have multiply species and breeds of animals, different diets, or even mixtures of feeds. This storage bin has multiple uses and are latchable. They keep food fresh and dry. The Storage Dispenser 30 is a fresh and efficient way to store and dispense your pet food. It is made from a very durable plastic and can be easily removed from a wall to refill. It will hold around 25-30 pounds of dry dog food, but this may change depending on the type of food you are storing. All you need to do is squeeze the handle for the exact amount of feed you need, and the food will dispense.





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5:41 pm

Traveling with your pets can be a challenge. Making sure you have dishes, food and water is the most important out of all supplies. Traveling with your pet could not be easier when owning the Store-N-Feed to Go. It is portable and easy to carry, having large side pockets and a shoulder strap. There is room for storing food, toys, leashes, and water bottles! The Store-N-Feed to Go includes 2 stainless steel bowls, making it even easier for future storage since you can use the normal dishes at home!



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5:26 pm