Archive for April, 2016

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Looking for unique gift Mother’s Day gift ideas for the Moms in your life? Search no further than Argyle Feed & Hardware— We guarantee you’ll find the perfect gift to show Mom your heartfelt appreciation!

Mom’s the word at Argyle Feed— Great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas:

  • Noble Bracelets
  • Handcrafted Wind Chimes
  • Wild Bird Feeders and Supplies
  • Fashionable, Fun Gardening Apparel: Sun Hats, Gloves, and Shoes
  • Gardening Tools
  • YETI Tumblers and NEW YETI Bottles
  • Lodge Cast Iron Cookware
  • Handtooled Equine Tack from Schneiders Saddlery
  • Yard and Garden Art
  • Gardening Seeds, Plant Starters, and Containers
  • Texas-Sized Windmills and More!

And, if you still can’t decide on just one thing, Argyle Feed & Hardware Gift Cards are the perfect alternative! Available in any denomination and Mom can choose exactly what she wants when she wants.  Remember, Mother’s Day is Saturday, May 8th— there’s still time to visit us for help with gift ideas for your mom at Argyle Feed & Hardware.  See us today!

Stock My Pond Fish Truck Visits Argyle Feed

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
May ’16
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9:00 am

The Stock My Pond fish truck visits Argyle Feed & Hardware on Wednesday, May 11th from 9 to 10 am. Stock My Pond will deliver channel catfish, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, red ear bream and fathead minnows. Containers furnished for all fish purchased except 11 lb. and larger catfish— please bring your own container for transport.

See the price list below for individual fish and pond package pricing. We recommend contacting Stock My Pond ahead of time for large orders and discounted prices. Call 501-676-3768 or go to stockmypond.com for more information.

Stock My Pond Fish Truck

May Fish Truck Deliveries

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Fish Trucl Deliveries

Argyle Feed & Hardware offers convenient Fish Truck Deliveries to our store during May— place your fish orders now!

Fish Truck Deliveries in May:

  • Stock My Pond Fish Truck on Wednesday, May 11th from 9 to 10 am: Click the link here for more details, fish order information and pricing.
  • Dunn’s Fish Farm visits Tuesday, May 24th from 11am to Noon: Go here for more information on placing advance orders from Dunn’s Fish Farm as well as pricing and types of fish available.

Argyle Feed has all of your Pond and Lake Supplies, too: Fish Feeds, Turtle Traps, Fish Feeders, Liquid Pond Fertilizer, Fish Traps, Aerators, Fountains, Pond and Lake Treatments. We look forward to helping you keep your pond or lake well-stocked and looking good year round!

Fish Truck Deliveries

Feeding Brood Mares for Optimum Performance

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Feeding Brood Mares

When feeding brood mares, we must keep in mind that not only do we need to meet the nutritional needs of the mare, we must also meet the nutritional needs of the foal. Therefore, the needs of the brood mare change depending on the stage of reproduction.

One factor to keep in mind when feeding brood mares is that body condition may be the single largest influence on the mare’s reproductive performance. Research has shown that mares maintained in moderate to fleshy condition cycle earlier in the year, require fewer cycles to conception, have higher pregnancy rates and are more likely to maintain pregnancies that are thin mares. The recommendation is for brood mares to be maintained at a Body Condition Score of 5.5 to 7. (BCS’s range from 1 to 9, see Body Condition Scoring Your Horse for more information).

Open mares
The open mare (not pregnant) can be fed much like a maintenance horse. The energy (calorie) requirements of mature, idle horses are low and may be met by feeding high-quality forages. However, since high-quality forages may not always be available, concentrate feeds such as Purina® Strategy® GX, Strategy® Healthy Edge or Omolene #100® horse feeds may be fed in combination with forage sources to maintain the horse. Further, hay and/or pasture will likely not meet all the protein, mineral and vitamin needs of the mare, so the concentrated feed (fed at recommended amounts) will provide essential nutrients to meet the mare’s requirements.

In many situations, open mares fed good quality forages will maintain their body condition easily on the calories provided by grass or hay alone. In this case, Purina® Enrich Plus® ration balancing horse feed may be appropriate in small amounts (1-2 pounds per day) in addition to the forage to supply adequate protein, vitamins, and minerals without adding unnecessary calories for the brood mare.

Early gestation
During early pregnancy (first eight months), the mare can be fed the same as the open mare. During this time, the unborn foal is growing at a rate of about 0.2 pounds per day, which is slow enough that the mare does not usually require extra feeding. Again, however, forages alone may not contain adequate amino acids, phosphorus, copper, and other minerals and vitamins, so the addition of Purina® Strategy® GX, Strategy® Healthy Edge, or  Omolene #100® (or Omolene #200®) horse feed is appropriate. Purina® Ultium® Growth Horse Feed is another option for mares that require higher caloric density to maintain body weight and condition during early gestation. If the mare is an easy keeper and maintains body weight and condition on hay or pasture alone, then Purina® Enrich Plus® would be a good choice to provide essential nutrients for the mare and the developing foal.

Late gestation
Sixty percent of the unborn foal’s growth occurs during the last three months of pregnancy, so the mare’s protein, energy, vitamin and mineral requirements increase to meet these needs. In fact, the foal’s growth rate increases to about 1 pound per day during this period. To meet the needs of both mare and the developing foal, Purina® Ultium® Growth, Strategy® GX or Omolene #200® horse feed should be fed along with good quality hay and grass.

Mare lactation
Nutrient requirements for digestible energy in lactating mares depend on the composition and quantity of milk produced.  Mares with greater milk production will need more energy (total calories) in their diets. Mares produce an average of three gallons of milk daily during a five-month lactation period. Digestible energy requirements are highest for lactating mares immediately after foaling.  Depending on the mare, energy requirements may increase up to double the maintenance requirements.  Protein requirements are also highest during the first three months of lactation. Early in lactation, the foal requires milk that is rich in energy, protein, calcium, and phosphorus, so the mare must be fed appropriately. Keep in mind, however, that a sudden change in feed to meet the mare’s increased need may result in digestive disturbances such as colic.  Increases in the mares’ need should be made gradually over seven to 10 days to allow the mare’s digestive system to adjust. Purina® Ultium® Growth, Strategy® GX or Omolene #300® are all appropriate choices to meet the mare’s needs, especially if the foal is allowed to nibble on the mare’s feed.

In the fourth, fifth and sixth months of lactation, the mare’s milk supply decreases, therefore her need for additional nutrients declines, and her feeding level should be reduced proportionately to maintain her body condition score for the next breeding season or to support a new pregnancy.

Visit us today at Argyle Feed & Hardware for the right Purina Horse Feeds to meet your brood mare’s nutritional needs.

Source: Katie Young, Ph.D. – Equine Nutritionist, Manager Equine Technical Services, Purina Mills

Biting Flies and other Livestock Insect Pests

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Livestock Insect Pests

Are biting flies and other livestock insect pests bugging your horses and cattle? Here is a rundown of common critters that pester your livestock along with some strategies for controlling these insects:

Housefly

This fly is commonly found milling around your horse’s face in order to lap moisture from his eyes and nose with its sponging mouthparts. It will also feed on wounds. The housefly favors sweet things as well, such as the molasses found in some feeds. It is the most common of all the flying pests. Although it isn’t a biting fly, it can still act as a vector to spread diseases. A prolific breeder, one housefly can lay over 1,000 eggs within two weeks.Livestock Insect Pests

  • Control Strategy: Remove all wet and rotting vegetation, and keep weeds down near barns and shelters. Sweep up spilled feed and dispose of it in a covered trash can. Use feed-through products such as Solitude IGR for your horses and release parasitic wasps to disrupt their breeding cycle. To kill adults, put sticky traps in the barn, and lure them away from the barn with traps and bait. Repel flies from the horse with spray and a fly mask.

Stable Fly

This biting fly resembles the housefly but has a pin-like mouthpart. It sits on your horse’s lower legs and flanks where it bites into the skin to suck blood with its sharp, tube-like beak. The stable fly is a strong flier and can travel miles. It prefers wet manure and moist, decaying matter such as straw, hay bales and uncovered compost piles. RemoLivestock Insect Pestsve all rotting and wet debris, spread manure thinly, and flatten old round hay bales.

  • Control Strategies: Compost properly and turn or stack manure piles. Release parasitic wasps or use feed-through products to disrupt the breeding cycle. The adult stable fly resists bait and sticky traps, so kill a dults with prism traps set in the sunlight a couple of feet off the ground. Repel flies on the horse with spray, leg wraps and a fly mask and sheet.  Argyle Feed carries Dura-Mesh Fly Masks with or without ears as well as sheets which hold up well during turnout and are most effective against large biting flies.

Mosquito

The mosquito’s bite is itchy and unpleasant, but the potential harm doesn’t stop there; mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.Livestock Insect Pests

  • Control Strategies: Dump out any unnecessary standing water and use Mosquito Dunks which are safe to use  in drinking water but toxic to mosquito larvae. Employ carbon dioxide mosquito and biting insect traps to kill adults. Repel mosquitoes with fly spray and a fly sheet.

Horsefly and Deerfly

In the deep South, the yellow fly is included in this category. These strong fliers make horses extremely miserable in the late spring and summer months. Females need a blood meal to complete the development of their eggs, which are laid in marshy ground. They are vectors for the Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) virus. Flies settle on their prey and use their saw tooth to slash the skin. They don’t like the shade, so horses will often head for shelter when these biting flies attack. Most fly sprays aren’t effective against horseflies and deerflies.

  • Control Strategies: Use the Horse Pal Fly Trap to stop the breeding cycle, repellent that specifically targets these species, and a sturdy fly sheet to weaken attacks.

Horn FlyLivestock Insect Pests

The blood-feeding horn fly is typically found on cattle because it needs wet, undisturbed cow manure for breeding–it can’t develop in horse manure. But if cattle are kept near horses, horn flies will happily feed on them (as well as any other livestock and dogs). Horn flies mill around the animal’s back or on the belly during wet or hot days.

  • Control Strategy: Use a feed-through product like Purina Wind & Rain Storm Cattle Minerals to control horn fly development around your cattle, parasitic wasps to break the cycle and use fly spray and a fly sheet to repel adults.  Watch this short video which shows the impact horn flies have on cattle populations and, subsequently, your horses, too:

Source: Sharon Biggs, HorseChannel.com

Spring Purina Horse Feed Promotion Flyer

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Purina Horse Feeds

Buy 4, Get 1 Bag Free on Select Purina Horse Feeds

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Apr ’16May
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Purina Horse Feeds

Save Now on Select Purina Horse Feeds at Argyle Feed & Hardware

Now for a limited time through May 6th, take advantage of this great deal on select Purina Horse Feeds at Argyle Feed & Hardware! Buy any four bags of Purina Omolene, Equine Senior & Senior Active, Strategy & Strategy Healthy Edge as well as Purina Impact formulas and get one bag FREE.  This opportunity to save on Purina Horse Feed is one of the best deals of the year for great savings on the best quality equine feeds.

Mix and match any five equal size bags of select Purina Horse feed products to receive discount; offer good now through May 6, 2016. All rules and restrictions apply.

Buy 4, Get 1 bag FREE promotion applies to the following Purina Horse Feeds:

  • Purina Omolene
  • Purina Equine Senior & Senior Active
  • Purina Strategy & Strategy Healthy Edge
  • Purina Impact

Purina horse feeds and supplements start with state-of-the-art research and high-quality ingredients.  Purina provides nutrition solutions for every phase of your horses life and health needs, from foal to senior horse. Not sure what Purina horse feed is right for your animal? Use the Purina Horse Feed finder to help you determine which feed is right for your horse.

YETI Rambler Bottles and Tumblers

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

 

YETI Rambler BottlesYETI Rambler Bottles  go wherever there’s a need for ice cold or piping hot beverages. Which we think is just about anywhere. Their Over-the-Nose™ technology makes for easy loading, drinking, and cleaning. And their TripleHaul™ caps are 100% leak-proof and comfortable to grip.

The 18 oz Rambler™ Bottle is a next-level insulated bottle. The perfect solution for your rough commutes, day hikes, or kayak sessions, this Rambler Bottle has the power to keep your water chilled or coffee hot until the last sip.

We’ve also have YETI Rambler 20 oz. Tumblers— hurry in and grab yours today. Both the Rambler bottles and tumblers are a perfect gift idea for graduations, weddings, Mother’s and Dad’s Day.

Stop in today at Argyle Feed & Hardware for all things YETI: YETI Rambler Tumblers, bottles, coolers, t-shirts, hats and more!

Ultra Equine Grooming Products

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Ultra Equine Grooming Products

Find Ultra Equine Grooming Products at Argyle Feed— Ultra is the choice of champions! You can learn a lot in a lesson, but riding into the show ring with confidence only comes with experience.Experience makes all the difference and Ultra understands that experience is everything when it comes to your horse’s care. Before 1980, no one had ever launched a full line of salon quality products for horses.

Experience makes all the difference and Ultra understands that experience is everything when it comes to your horse’s care. Before 1980, no one had ever launched a full line of salon quality products for horses (everyone was still using people shampoo!) Horse hair is very different from human hair, so when professionals wanted a slick, show ring shine, Ultra listened and the brand was born.  Since the early 80s, Ultra has been committed to providing you and your horses with superior salon quality equine grooming products.

Created for horses in conjunction with salon experts, chemists and professional horse people, Ultra Equine Grooming Products have set the standard of excellence for all grooming product lines. And we are proud to carry the Ultra Specialty Shampoos and finishing products at Argyle Feed & Hardware including:

  • Coat Enhancing Shampoos
  • Conditioners and DeTanglers
  • Coat Polishers & Finishing Products
  • Specialty Products

Visit us today at Argyle Feed & Hardware for Ultra Grooming Products as well as equine supplements, supplies, tack and feed. We are your destination in Denton County for everything equine!

Breeding Show Cattle for Traits and Balance

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Show Cattle Traits
Soundness, volume, muscle and balance are the key Show cattle traits Dave Allan first looks for when he’s judging a show. But those cattle traits are determined far in advance of the point when an animal enters the showring. Specific traits and qualities were carefully selected when mating decisions were made to hopefully provide the winning combination.

Allan, a Purina® Honor® Show Chow® Ambassador from Schulenburg, Texas, understands the importance genetics have on success both in and out of the showring. He and wife Becky operate Bar A Cattle Co. and Genesource, a semen distribution company, where they’re always striving to make better cattle. They have three sons who are active cattle showmen as well.

“Breeding and developing better cattle has been my passion since I was very young,” says Allan. In addition to breeding national champions, he has had the honor of selecting champions in the showring and knows what it takes to compete at the highest level. Earlier this year, Allan judged the Angus show at the National Western Stock Show.

“Most judges, including myself, are not looking for ‘the most’ of any one trait, we are looking for the animal that is most complete and offers the best combination of traits,” says Allan. “I’ve learned that it takes great genetics in combination with the correct health and feeding program – and a lot of hard work – to create a champion.”

Study strengths, weaknesses
Studying the cows and the bulls from which your calf was produced can provide a glimpse into your showring future, as will studying the results of previous matings by the same cow or bull. Doing your homework will help you determine what traits you desire in your next calf, and which matings might get you there. But, while it seems like a simple philosophy, a good mating on paper might not always end with the anticipated result.

Allan points out that the first basic rule of genetics is “like begets like,” meaning there’s often a strong similarity between the offspring and their parents, and that of their distant ancestors.

However, he cautions that there is no guarantee of similarity due to the laws of inheritance. He explains, “Full siblings contain 50 percent of the same DNA but can vary from 25 to 75 percent because of chromosome inheritance and recombination. That means full siblings can have very different phenotypes.”

Whether you plan on breeding your own cow or heifer, or have plans to purchase your next calf, Allan maintains that doing your homework and being honest about the cattle you’re evaluating are good principles to follow.

“Before I decide which bulls to use, I like to really study the cows,” says Allan. “You also have to be honest with yourself on the strengths and weaknesses that are in your cattle.” Understanding strengths and weaknesses when breeding or buying can help you improve your selection process.

Allan says don’t be afraid of trying new matings to help get you to your desired end result. “I’ve never been afraid of breeding two animals together that are very different in their kind and genetics. Sometimes to fix problems or make a change, you can mate cattle with opposite phenotypes to achieve the desired look.”

Focus on fundamentals
Functional traits like soundness and capacity are important to Allan in both the showring and in mating decisions.

“The first things I consider are if the cattle will be sound in their structure, have some rib and capacity, and in the case of the steers, have enough muscle,” Allan says.

Frame size is another key factor he considers. Allan shares that he’s looking for the optimum size, not maximum, to fit the environment.

Once those functional traits have been addressed, Allan then looks at the finer traits:

  • Are they long and clean through their front end?
  • Can they maintain a relatively level top and hip on the move?
  • Do they have a sound and attractive set to their hind leg?

Allan also evaluates bone structure, but cautions to breed for it in moderation. “Bone is nice to look at and you need an adequate amount, but it has a negative correlation with birth weight and calving ease, so I would breed for it in moderation.”

From there, differences in trait selection exists between steers and heifers.

“Muscle is obviously important when it comes to show steers, but like bone, maximums can lead to structural issues and other problems,” Allan warns. “In breeding show steers, the industry has selected for big square hips and heavy muscled stifles, but I think in some cases it has overlooked muscle down the top. That’s an important trait given there is a lot more value in the cuts from the loin.”

For heifers, Allan emphasizes to evaluate and select for fertility, udders and feet – all key components for success and longevity outside of the showring.

Don’t overlook nutritionShow Cattle Traits
The work doesn’t end with genetic selection – once the cow is bred or when the calf is on the ground, management and nutrition play a huge role in success. “Without proper care and feeding you can’t get very far,” Allan says. “Timely feeding and consistent amounts of feed are important along with clean, fresh water and free-choice hay.”

He adds that offering a high-quality feed with the right amounts of protein, energy and fiber, along with the right vitamins and minerals, is a must. Supplements can also be considered, but Allan reminds exhibitors to think “optimum, not maximum” when it comes to refining an animal’s look.

“Champions are a combination of good genetics, quality management and great showmanship,” says Allan. “Keeping an open mind, being willing to learn and putting in hard work are the keys to success.”

For more show management tips, join the online community of show enthusiasts at www.facebook.com/HonorShowChow or at www.twitter.com/HonorShowChow.

Source: Purina Animal Nutrition Expert