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1st Annual Pet Swap

Thursday, June 20th, 2019
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9:00 am

1st Annual Pet SwapYou are invited to our 1st Annual Pet Swap at Kissimmee Valley Feed Store #2, located at 215 13th Street on July 13th from 9AM-12PM. This is an indoor event and completely free to attend. You may buy, sell, or trade animals. We are excited to host this event and see new relationships form! We are providing tables for your convenience.

The event is open to all breeds, species, or genders. If you are currently not in a position to house a pet any longer, we encourage you to bring any critters that you would like to find a re-home for. So many customers are anxiously awaiting to find their perfect match. Also, this is a great opportunity for anyone who is looking for a new companion, willing to adopt a new friend, or become a pet parent for the first time. The possibilities are endless! Not sure if you’re ready? You still have time to think it over or prepare a space in your home.

Remember to provide a carrier that’s comfortable for your pet. Packing their leashes and collars will help the day run more smoothly. All reptiles or amphibians must be in a container with a lid. Also, all transactions are based on the seller so come prepared with different payment methods.

Not sure what to expect? Stop by to see for yourself what all the excitement is about on Saturday! If you plan to attend this event, please RSVP by calling us at 407-892-4040 or signing up below.

We hope to see you at our 1st Annual Pet Swap!

    Basics of Electrolytes for Horses

    Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

    Basics of Electrolytes for HorsesLet’s face it, the summer heat takes its toll…know the basics of electrolytes for horses to protect them! Based on the article, horses use their sweat to regulate their body temperature. Equine sweat is more concentrated with salt (sodium and chloride) than other body fluids. In result, horses lose a tremendous amount of electrolytes during these harsh, hot summer months. So what exactly are electrolytes? They help the body regulate water levels to maintain a balance between dilution and dehydration. There are five major electrolytes. These include sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Understanding how each one affects your horse is vital.

    1. Sodium and Chloride: These two play a factor in maintaining blood volume. They are the first to be released when a horse sweats. Imagine Sodium and Chloride as partners. Sodium leaves the body in sweat first, then water follows.
    2. Potassium: This is one of the most important electrolytes to your horse. It is required for muscle contraction and relaxation. Some horses require more or less than others in their diet but it is still present in a healthy horse.
    3. Calcium: This is essential for muscle function. Without this electrolyte, your horse’s body will break down and become weak.
    4. Magnesium: This is a vital component of body fluids.

    Maintaining a balance between these can be tricky. Giving a dehydrated horse concentrated electrolytes can actually worsen conditions. But don’t worry, we have a solution! For starters, all horses should have free-choice access to loose salt or a salt block. Good-quality forage should provide adequate potassium. Together, these feedstuffs should provide sufficient electrolytes for the average horse. For any additional information, see the whole article here.

    Presented by Kentucky Equine Research

     

    Thank you, Russell Johnson

    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

    I would like to publically announce (sad) news for Kissimmee Valley Feed. Our longtime store manager, Russell Johnson, is leaving us. I know, it was a shock to me. This is a life-changing decision for him. He is taking a new position with the University of Central Florida at the new NeoCity Business Incubator and returning to the semiconductor manufacturing industry.

    Russell started with Kissimmee Valley Feed on November 28, 2005. His warm personality, attention to detail, trustworthiness, and his analytical mind has helped us grow in tremendous ways. He has guided countless young men and women that have worked for us over the years into capable adults. He has shown an example of what it really means to be a hardworking and dependable employee. Russell has always had a line of customers ready for a hand-shake greeting or children running to the back office for a high five. Even our four-legged friends love to see him! Their tails would wag so much I thought they would fall over. It will not be the same without him.

    He surely has left a positive impact on our community, staff members, and our stores as a whole. I want to thank Russell for his dedication and loyalty. It has been an honor to work with him and he will be missed. I thank him for the years of work at Kissimmee Valley Feed!

    Sincerely,

    Stan Touchstone

    Purina Farm to Flock Treats

    Friday, June 14th, 2019

    Farm to Flock TreatsPurina Farm to Flock Treats are deliciously made and served up in a fun bite-sized shape that your birds will love! Treats like scratch grains, mealworms, and kitchen scraps are like candy for birds; fun to eat and a nice treat, but you wouldn’t want to make a meal of them. This product offers essential nutrients your birds need so you can go ahead and spoil them without any guilt. Your girls will get a well-balanced mix of grains, vitamins, and minerals in every delightful bite. These treats also pair well with our Purina Flock Block and other similar products. You can’t go wrong by scattering this throughout your daily feeding regiment.

    The maker is operated by an American farmer-owned company who shares your values. Your flock’s nutrition is our top priority. The hens at our farm love Purina Farm to Flock Treats, so we trust yours will too. Feeding directions are easy, just mix 2 tablespoons per day along with a complete and balanced Purina poultry diet!

    We are happy to announce that we offer this product at Kissimmee Valley Feed! For more information on this product, visit here. We would love to know how your flock reacts to this product. Next time you’re in the store, share with us!

    Preparing Livestock For Hurricanes

    Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

    Preparing Livestock For HurricanesPreparing Livestock For Hurricanes: Before the Hurricane – Plan Ahead!

    Before hurricane season begins…

    • Make sure all animals have current immunizations and horses have a current coggins test. Keep a record with you.
    • Identify your livestock – A permanent hot iron or freeze brand on cattle and horses registered with county clerk is best.
    • Horses can also be permanently identified with microchips or tattoos.

    More options…

    • Take a picture of your animal with a family member in the photo as proof of ownership.
    • Purchase fetlock ID bands for horses and place them on both front feet.
    • Using small animal trimmers & clip the owner’s phone number on necks of horses.
    • Braid a waterproof luggage tag with medication and owner information into the horse’s tail or mane.

    Prepare “Disaster Kit”

    • Have basic veterinary supplies (antiseptic, bandages, wrap, antibiotics)
    • Handling equipment such as halters, leads, and cages.
    • Sanitation supplies
    • Water, feed, buckets

    If not evacuating livestock…

    • Remove animals from closed barns as damage to barn by wind could injure or kill them.
    • Most damage to buildings, pens, and animals comes from wind and flying objects so the ability to protect them in advance from these dangers greatly reduces injury.
    • Turn large livestock out into large pastures with solid shelter or tall brush on high ground.

    Preparing Youth Livestock Projects

    • Show Broilers, Turkeys, and Swine: Don’t attempt to evacuate. The stress of travel is more on these animals than leaving them at home with a three to four day supply of feed and water. Have a generator on hand.
    • Show Horses, Beef Cattle, Goats, Rabbits, and Lambs: Evacuate these animals. They will handle the stress of travel better than swine and poultry. Travel with water and food keeping animals comfortable. It’s best to travel at night with your show animals.

    Evacuating…

    • Animals should be evacuated no less than 72 hours before storm makes landfall.
    • Before getting on the road, check trailers to make sure they are good in condition.
    • When loading trailers, don’t overcrowd animals – take water supply with you.

    Where to go…

    • A list of livestock shelters is available by dialing 2-1-1
    • Know in advance where you and your livestock go.

    After the hurricane…

    • As soon as it is safe, livestock owners should check on the condition of their animals or have someone do it for you if you are away. Be prepared to take feed, hay, water, basic livestock first aid supplies, wire cutters, and other tools.
    • As soon as possible, move the animals out of any flooded areas to dry or covered locations.
    • Check for injuries and render first aid as needed.
    • Serious injuries will require veterinary attention.
    • Give stressed animals clean feed or hay and water. Provide animals that have not had access to feed for one or more days a little feed the first few days. Gradually increase it over a week to full feed.
    • Do not give wet or moldy feed to any animal. Wet hay, as long as it is not moldy, is good filler. Remember to check the hay for fire ants. Dry feed will be best for all classes of livestock.
    • High water will cause snakes to seek higher ground as well. Rattlesnakes, water moccasins, and copperheads are the principle snakes affecting livestock since they can strike and envenom quickly.
    • Water quality will also be an issue, especially for livestock in populated areas that drink from streams, bayous, and tanks that fill with rain runoff. This water could be contaminated with salt water from storm surges, petroleum products, dead animals, and fecal material from flooded septic tanks and sewer systems. If possible, water livestock from cleaner water sources until these can be evaluated.
    • If there are dead animals on your property, dispose of them properly if possible. Cover with tarps to avoid predators or use lime if available. Dead animals cannot be burned without permission of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. This might be waived in case of a natural disaster.

    Source: Texas A&M System AgriLife Extension Service

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