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Honor Show Chow Seminar 2017

Honor Show Chow Logo Black LRThe Northeastern Wisconsin Honor Show Chow Seminar is a FREE event.  Learn how to get your SHOW ANIMAL project on a path to the Championship Ring.
The event will be held at the UW-Sheboygan in the Fine Arts Building.

Register by March 1st to be entered to win an Andis clipper.

Organized by: Country Visions Cooperative, CP Feeds, LLC., Kettle Lakes Cooperative, and Tri-State Feed & Grain

Event Flyer: pdfHSCS2017.pdf

Registration: link here or use link on event flyer.

Happy "Howl"oween Costume Contest

valders dogs 141Join us for a Canine Costume Contest at our Country Store locations.
Dress up your dogs and bring them in to have their photo taken by our store staff
during the contest period to enter for a Grand Prize of A Year Supply of Dog Food.
Additional prizes of 1st through 3rd place will be awarded at each store.
Entry date and times:
October 27th  8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Reedsville until 5 p.m.)
October 28th  8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Reedsville until 5 p.m.)
October 29th  8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
October 30th  8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Valders, Kiel, Mishicot only)
October 31st  8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Reedsville until 5 p.m.)




Putting the Flower Garden to Bed

Dividing Perennials

Fall will be arriving soon. It’s time to prepare the garden for a rest. I start by walking around the flower beds and see what needs to be divided and transplanted. I like to divide many of my perennials in fall, for several reasons. First, the plants will come up next spring looking whole. Second, I can see how big things have gotten and where I have holes to fill. Third, cooler temperatures make it easier for the plant to recuperate from being separated. And fourth, recent transplants need extra water, which fall rains can provide.

Cut Back Perennials

fall clean upCut back most of your perennials before snow comes. A good general rule is to cut back to two or three inches above the ground, leaving only little stubs. You may want to leave some perennials standing in the garden to add interest to the winter landscape, such as ornamental grasses. Also, some plants provide seeds for the birds to feed on during the fall and winter seasons.

Clean up Annuals

After the first frost, pull up any annuals that have turned to mush and toss them on the compost pile. Bring your flower pots in out of the elements, after plants have been discarded. Once everything is cut back and cleaned up it’s time to add mulch. Go ahead and cover the crowns of all your plants with 3 to 4 inches of naturally colored mulch. Once your flower garden is fully winterized you can relax because your plants won’t need you again until spring.

Country Visions Country Stores have educated and experienced employees to help with your lawn and garden questions.  Contact us for products and information from planting spring flowers and gardens to deer plots and ponds. 

Article provided by Kay Holschbach, Valders' Country Store

Does Your Dog Have Food Allergies?

Food allergies to humans are no mystery. Peanuts, fish, wheat, eggs, and many other foods are common allergy triggers. Their symptoms are unmistakable. One may develop a rash, their throat may swell, hives may develop, and many other symptoms may arise. We recognize food allergies in our own lives so easily, but what about in our pets? Did you know that your pet can have food allergies just like humans can? Dogs and cats are both susceptible to developing a food allergy at some point in their life. In fact, about 10% of dogs have food allergies. An even higher amount of dogs develop intolerances to certain foods, but more on that later.

Dogs can be allergic to a variety of things. They can be allergic to pollen in the environment, insect bites (specifically flea bites), and even their own food. Dealing with a pet food allergy is one of the most frustrating things a pet owner has to deal with. One can go through many different brands and types of food and still not find a food that works. Contrary to popular belief, corn or grain is more than likely not the cause of your pet’s food allergy. Instead, the problem typically lies with the protein source in the food. The most common sources are chicken, beef, turkey, and lamb.

Diagnosing allergies in dogs can be a little complex. It is fairly easy to tell when a type of allergic reaction is taking place, but determining an exact trigger can take some investigating. Dogs that are allergic to their food may display symptoms such as biting, licking, or scratching at their skin. They could have a poor hair coat, and may also experience recurring ear infections. A food intolerance is a little bit different, but presents a similar problem. An intolerance is similar to an allergy, but does not truly trigger an immune response like an allergy does. A food intolerance may display itself as vomiting, or diarrhea after consuming a type of food. Once symptoms have been detected, regardless of a suspected allergy or intolerance, a diagnosing process can begin. It is always advised to consult your veterinarian before making any major changes to your dog’s feeding program.

carsonThe most recommended solution is to first to completely change your dog’s food. If he is having an adverse response to a chicken based food, try beef or a fish based food. Remember to make gradual changes when trying a new food. Always be sure to mix new with old, and gradually keep adding more new until the old is gone. If you see a marked improvement, then you can begin to conclude that the allergen/intolerance stemmed from your original food. If there is not much difference, then you can try something else. It may take a little experimenting to find what works best. We are fortunate to have so many protein sources available to us in dog food. Don’t be afraid to try different sources such as rabbit or venison. Typically for dogs with true allergies and intolerances, a fish based dog food is a great option. It may be a little stinky, but it can do wonders for dogs. If your pet is still experiencing symptoms after trying different types of food, it is best to work with your veterinarian and perhaps see if performing an allergy test on your dog is possible.

Dog food allergies and intolerances are common. Just like people they can experience the same discomfort and unpleasantness that comes along with eating the wrong thing. You as the owner know your dog best. If you notice anything out of the ordinary that is concerning, contact your veterinarian first. When trying to decide on a new food to try, certainly consult your veterinarian, but also you can talk to a pet food specialist. Most pet stores will have trained staff to help point you in the right direction when it comes to choosing a new food for your pet. Remember that allergies and intolerances typically stem from protein sources, not grain. When trying to correct an allergy, look for a different protein source when choosing a new food. Be patient, and you will find the right solution.

Article provided by Carson Meyer, Feed Sales Intern for Purina Animal Nutrition





Reducing Stress During Beef Calf Weaning

How to Low-Stress Wean Your Beef Calves.

Weaning beef calves is such a stressful, and honestly quite noisy, time for both the cow and the calf. There are many ways to wean calves, but which options are best for reducing stress on the calves? Based on your operation’s capabilities and programs, here are four helpful tips for low-stress weaning.

1. Consider Fence-Line Weaning

weaning 1Upon weaning, place the cows in the pasture adjacent to the calves to that they can see, hear, and smell each other, but the calves cannot nurse. This may require some modifications to fences and pastures to ensure that the cows and calves remain separated. It may be beneficial to place a cull cow or yearling with the calves to keep them from pacing the fence lines as badly. After a few days, the cows and calves will gradually move farther from the fences and not be as concerned about being weaned.

2. Use Plastic or Metal Nose Tags

weaning 2The tag, or more accurately called a nose flap, prevents calves from nursing but allows them to graze, eat from a feeder, and drink water. This reduces stress by keeping the social interaction between the cows and the calves, but breaks the ability to nurse.

3. Introduce Creep Feed Before Weaning

weaning 3If you don’t typically creep feed through the summer, it might be beneficial to introduce the feed several weeks before weaning. A calf that can “belly up” to the feeder right after being separated from the cow will be less stressed, have a greater disease resistance, and have increased growth than one that is just learning what a feeder is.

4. Work Calves Before Weaning Time

weaning 4Although weaning is a stressful time for calves, running a calf through the chute to dehorn, castrate, vaccinate, deworm, etc. at the same time can be a train wreck. Consider doing these practices 3-4 weeks before weaning.

Minimizing stress will reduce any disease problems that occur at weaning, will reduce treatment costs, and enhance your calves performance post-weaning.

Source: Sarah Breuer, P.A.S.
        Lifestyle Feed Specialist
        Country Visions Cooperative

What is a Co-op?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines a cooperative as a user-owned, user-controlled business that distributes benefits on the basis of use. Member users, or patrons, own and democratically elect the board of directors, which provides oversight of the co-op. Net earnings are distributed on the basis of proportional use, or patronage, rather than on investment.

Cooperative associations have been organized throughout history to carry out many different activities, often in response to economic and social stress. Cooperative organizations in the United States first appeared in the late 1700's and today co-ops can be found in all sectors of the U.S. economy. Consumer, purchasing and farm supply cooperatives are all organized to provide the specialized goods or services that their member patrons want to buy.

By combining member demand, a co-op can provide better availability, selection, pricing, or delivery of products or services to individual consumers, businesses or farmers. Farm supply co-ops cost-effectively supply input, fuel and agronomy services to farm business owners.