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Lupine Pet Products

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Lupine Pet ProductsWe are happy to introduce Lupine Pet Products into our store! This excellent quality brand offers leashes, collars, and supplies for both dogs and cats. Their durable components resemble the functionality and strength of hiking and climbing gear. The unsurpassed quality of our products combined with our unparalleled “Even if Chewed” Lifetime Guarantee!

We offer a variety of different collar patterns and designs for your furry friends. They are available in various sizes for maximum comfort and support. Bring in your companion in the showroom to try them on to find their perfect fit. Each collar is adjustable so you’ll never have your pet accidentally slip away again. Ask any of our associates for assistance.

Our leashes come in multiple lengths and sizes depending on your preference. They are durable, strong, and fit for any occasion. Stop by and take a lap around the store to see which model works best for you. Ready to get shopping?

We are confident that you’ll enjoy our new Lupine Pet Products! Stop by 215 13th Street to browse our selection today! For more information about Lupine Pets, visit their website here. If you have any questions, just give us a call at (407) 892-4040.

Deer Body Conditioning Scores

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Deer Body Conditioning ScoresUnderstanding deer body conditioning scores is so important to monitor the health of your population. If you don’t know what to look for you may miss out on the opportunity to improve your results. Luckily, Purina has given us a breakdown of the different areas to focus on and how to observe changes from a newborn fawn to a mature buck. Scoring should be done on a regular basis and now is a great time to get started! Take a further look below.

The five categories:

  1. Poor: The deer’s body is visibly emaciated.
  2. Lean: The deer is very thin.
  3. Prime: The deer appears to be strong, muscular and healthy.
  4. Heavy: The deer is healthy, but carrying a few extra pounds, considered normal and healthy prior to the rutting season.
  5. Obese: The deer is layered in fat.

 

So now that you understand the parameters, you can assess the current state of your deer population. These are applicable to both does and bucks during all seasons. In need of improvement? There’s still time!

Stop in and ask us about our Purina deer feeds and supplements. Our products are designed to maximize growth and yield the highest quality possible. We are happy to answer any questions and point you in the right direction at Mansfield Feed!

View the entire article about deer body conditioning scores, see here.

Source: Purina Mills Animal Nutrition

Honor Show Chow Seminar

Monday, July 29th, 2019
Aug
17
9:00 am

Join us for our Honor Show Chow Seminar on August 17, 2019! This event is from 9:00-11:00 AM at our 1501 Eastern Ave location. Samantha is excited to lead this informational workshop and kick start show season! Some of the topics we are discussing are knowing when to transition Honor Show Chow feeds throughout the duration of the process, which supplements to include in their regiment, and helpful tips to prepare your steer for the show ring. Samantha’s demonstration will highlight the target areas you should focus on improving before the final weigh-in. Make sure you come prepared to learn!

Some of the Purina Honor Show Chow products include Full Control, Full Range, Fitter’s Edge, and Finishing Touch. These are the most crucial feeds to provide to your growing calf. Don’t worry, Samantha will talk about them all! Also, an important supplement to remember is Purina High Octane. These ingredients are beneficial to overall health. For more details on these feeds, please visit here.

You won’t want to miss out on the information prepared for our Honor Show Chow Seminar! In order to have enough room for everyone, please let us know you are planning to attend. Please RSVP here.

Managing Your Horse’s Gastric Health

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Gastric discomfort may negatively affect a horse’s health, attitude, and performance. Check out these tips to manage your horse's gastric health.Gastric discomfort may negatively affect a horse’s health, attitude, and performance. Fortunately, recognizing signs of discomfort and providing proper 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. 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. Without chewing, there isn’t a steady source of saliva and natural enzymes to help protect the stomach. 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.

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 appetite
  • Picky eating
  • Poor body condition
  • Weight loss
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Poor coat condition
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Changes in behavior, including aggression, nervous behaviors, side biting and “girthiness”
  • Acute or recurring colic
  • Poor performance

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.

Some factors include:

  • Environment stressors
  • Lack of turnout
  • Injury
  • Fasting
  • High starch diets
  • Inadequate forage
  • Prolonged use of NSAIDs
  • Travel
  • Elevated exercise, training, showing or racing

2. Recognize the signs of gastric discomfort in horses.

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 discomfort.

3. When to seek help from your veterinarian.

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 your horse.

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.

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 avoids 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 racehorses. Strategy® GX  and Strategy® Healthy Edge® and Impact® Professional Performance horse feeds now also all contain Purina® Outlast® Gastric Support Supplement.

By 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 Outlast® supplement and your horse’s gastric health at FeedOutlast.com.

 Source: Kelly Vineyard, M.S., Ph.D., Senior Nutritionist, Equine Technical Solutions

Summer Forage for Cattle

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Summer Forage for CattlePasture looks excellent right now, so why pay attention to forage for cattle?

There are simple things you can do to make the most of summer forage for cattle today and further on down the road:

1. Implement a grazing plan

Rotational grazing gives pastures a rest compared to grazing them continuously. You can rotate cattle between pastures as often as once a day to as little as once a month. Either way, rotational grazing can help ensure the quality and quantity of forage for cattle throughout summer. Simply splitting a cattle pasture in half can help.

2. Consider soil fertility

Just like you need to look at cattle requirements each winter and determine if you need to supplement, the same holds true for soil. Work with an agronomist to test your soil. Test results will tell you if you need to fertilize to combat gaps in soil fertility.

Remember, soil fertility will impact not only forage quantity but will also influence quality – especially protein. What your cattle eat is a direct result of soil fertility.

3. Hone in harvest

There’s no “right” time to harvest crops. Harvest typically occurs when there’s a happy medium of quantity and quality. Time harvest to match the quality of forage desired. Keep in mind that as forage for cattle matures digestibility and protein tend to drop. Also look at ways to minimize leaf loss and consider the use of a preservative to help with forage storage.

4. Manage cattle pasture quality decline

As you get into July and August, forage for cattle matures and pasture quality declines. You may need to supplement to meet cattle requirements. Supplementation is especially vital in spring-calving herds with cows still lactating. Don’t overlook calves; as cattle pasture quality declines, consider offering calves supplemental creep feed.

Fast fact: Providing creep feed to calves as pasture quality declines in late summer can help offset a nutritional gap. A creep feed program using Intake Modifying Technology® can efficiently assure calves reach their genetic potential for gain. 

Does your nutrition program stack up? Find out with a Proof Pays feeding trial.

 

Source: Chad Zehnder, Ph.D., Field Cattle Consultant

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