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Hubbard Life and Exmark Launch “Best Things in Life” Sweepstakes

Hubbard Life is excited to announce a joint promotion with Exmark, the leading manufacturer of commercial mowers for the landscape professional. The companies have teamed up for a 2nd year in a row to give away three top-of-the-line Exmark zero-turn mowers away in the Hubbard Life ‘Best Things in Life’ Sweepstakes.

Exmark and Hubbard Life share a single-minded dedication to excellence. While the focuses of the businesses are different, the commitment to leadership and delivering the very best to their customers is the same.

Hubbard Feeds focuses on the nutritional care of your animals, no matter what their size or purpose. Exmark focus is on designing and manufacturing cutting-edge mowing and turf care products. Both Hubbard and Exmark work every day to earn their customers’ trust and exceed their expectations.

The Hubbard Life ‘The Best Things in Life’ Sweepstakes began on July 30, 2015. No purchase is necessary to enter. Simply visit a participating Hubbard Life dealer to complete the postage-paid sweepstakes entry card. All entries must be received by October 1, 2015.

Three winners will be selected – one from each of the three Hubbard Life business unit regions. Each winner will take home a 2015 Exmark Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn mower with a 60-inch cutting deck and a retail value of more than $13,000.

To find the nearest Hubbard Life dealer visit www.hubbardlife.com/dealers. To learn more about the Exmark advantage, visit www.exmark.com.                                             

 

About Hubbard Feeds

Hubbard Life (a Hubbard Feeds brand)…provides nutrition for the animals you care for…and care about. Hubbard Feeds is a leading provider of livestock and companion animal nutrition products. The company is headquartered in Mankato, Minn., and currently operates 22 plants in thirteen states. For more information, visit www.hubbardlife.com or www.hubbardfeeds.com

 

Posted on 8/27/2015 by Shannon Zika  |  Category: Equine, Poultry, Cat, Dog, Rabbit, Sheep, Goat, Specialty
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Horse Management: Are your horses drinking enough water?

It is not often talked about, but the amount of water a horse drinks is very important to ensure animal well-being and performance.  In the hot days of summer our horses need to stay hydrated just like we do!  So, what can you do as a horse owner to ensure that your horses get enough to drink each day?

Getting enough water into your horse is not always easy given that the animal’s water needs can vary greatly according to diet, temperature and amount of exercise.

The main thing to think about is how you are providing water to your horse.  Our modern management of horses is quite a bit different these days from what a horse would do naturally which is to drink from ponds and streams.  Several people use automatic water systems because they are convenient for the horse owner.  But, are they appealing to the horse?  Not really.

Horses have been studied and the scientific literature says that horses prefer to drink out of a bucket rather than an automatic waterer, almost every time.  If you water with a bucket it is critical that you keep the bucket clean, change the water frequently, remove hay and feed that has accumulated and don’t let the bucket run dry.

Kris Hiney, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension equine specialist says that the type of waterer will make a difference.  In a study of horses never exposed to automatic waterers the animals preferred float-valve waterers compared to push valves.  With push-valve waterers, a horse must apply some force from its muzzle against the valve.

Push valve waterers have the effect of somewhat startling the horse because of the noise of water refilling the reservoir.  A larger reservoir does seem to encourage more water consumption.

Remember that horses also drink when they eat, so it is important to offer water right at their food source.  Some horses prefer to dip their hay in water as they are eating it.  This is seen as normal behavior and while it may be messy it seems to help the horses chew their hay.  Presoaking hay can help a horse that is experiencing dental problems.

Horses seem to prefer their water to be cooler than lukewarm temperature when it is hot out as they are trying to regulate their body temperature, which is called thermoregulation.  That means about 50 degrees F is good to shoot for.

Awareness of these simple strategies may help your horses to consume the water they need.  And get out there and enjoy what is left of summer weather!

Visit www.hubbardlife.com to learn more about horse tips and the high quality feed products available from Hubbard Life.

Posted on 8/24/2015 by Amy Brown  |  Category: Equine
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