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Closed Christmas Day

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
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Closed Christmas Day | Kissimmee Valley FeedKissimmee Valley Feed is closed Christmas Day, December 25th so our staff can enjoy the holiday with family and friends.

Our store will resume normal business hours on Wednesday, December 26th, 2017.

We wish you the blessing of Christmas during this holiday season.

Merry Christmas from Kissimmee Valley Feed.

5 Tips For Caring For Your Fresh Cut Christmas Tree

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Fresh Cut Christmas TreeLove the smell of a fresh cut Christmas Tree in your house? Here are some tips to consider when buying and caring for your live Christmas Tree:

  1. Make sure the tree is fresh. If you pull on a section of needles gently between your thumb and forefinger very few needles should fall off. Or shake the tree. You should not see an excessive amount dropping to the ground.
  2. Keep the tree outside with the trunk in a bucket of water until you are ready to decorate it.
  3. Before setting up your tree, make a straight cut across the base of the trunk and place it on a stand that can hold a gallon or more of water. Making a fresh cut on the trunk allows it to absorb water more freely and stay healthy longer.
  4. The tree will absorb the greatest amount of water in the first 24 hours, so be sure to check it and add water as needed. If the water level falls below the base of the trunk, it will begin to dry out the stump within 4-6 hours. Adequate water not only keeps the tree fresh longer but helps it maintain that fresh tree fragrance.
  5. Keep your tree away from fireplaces, radiators or any direct sources of heat. Not only can these dry the tree out, but can also become a fire hazard.

Be sure to locate a recycling program or check with your city for special recycling efforts when it’s time to discard your Christmas Tree.

Chickens and Molting

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Chickens and moltingWhy do chickens molt and when? Molting is the process wherein hens lose feathers and grow new ones. It occurs naturally after 10 to 14 months of production, or it can be caused accidentally by temperature extremes, running out of feed or water, a decrease in light, or disease. Hens will not lay eggs during a molt. Molting gives birds a chance to rest. After seven to eight weeks, they will return to production for a second cycle, though they will not be as productive the second time around. However, they will often lay larger eggs than during their first cycle.

Why Feed High-Fat Cattle Supplements?

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

High-fat cattle supplements help provide additional fat, an ingredient which influences nutrition and reproduction. 

High-Fat Cattle SupplementsFat influences cow body condition and is a precursor for cholesterol (a precursor for estrogen). Estrogen plays a vital role in a cow’s ability to come in heat and get bred.

High-fat cattle supplements, now in block form

Historically, it’s been difficult to achieve high-fat levels in block form. When a product has too much fat—whether pellet, block or cube—the physical form is no longer hard. For that reason, many high-fat cattle supplements are in liquid or meal form.

The new Accuration® Hi-Fat Block offers increased fat content in a hard block form. A proprietary high-energy nugget delivers the additional fat. In fact, you can see the nuggets in a block or tub when it’s cut in half.

Cattle fed high-fat cattle supplements may show outward signs, such as a shinier hair coat, in as little as three weeks.

Does your nutrition program stack up? Find out with a Proof Pays feeding trial. Or call Russell or Stan, they’ll set you up.

Ron Scott, Ph.D., Director of Beef Research Purina Animal Nutrition

Equine Management Workshop

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Equine Management WorkshopCFLAG and UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County is offering an Equine Management Workshop on Saturday November 17th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Extension Services at 1921 Kissimmee Valley Ln for only $25. Topics include improving pastures managing manure, identifying toxic plants, equine nutrition, deworming, horse health and basic first aid. Lunch will be provided. You can sign up here. Check out the flyer here: IFAS equine workshop

The UF/IFAS Extension Service was established in 1914 by the Smith-Lever Act. Extension programs strengthen decision-making, knowledge application, economic security, environmental care and leadership skills for all citizens. Issues addressed are identified through citizens, county, and university involvement.

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