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4-H and FFA: Where 1 + 1 equals a lot more

I have had the great fortune of working with local 4-H clubs in my county and FFA groups close to the Botkins, OH plant for many years.  It is wonderful to see these bright, eager minds and bodies ready to tackle almost anything, from learning how to handle animals that outweigh them by 10-fold or to step in front of a group of people and speak. 

I just finished working on an FFA project where the kids did not want to perform an old “feed them/weigh them” experiment, but wanted to expand their knowledge.  They wanted to learn more about how new ingredients, like yeast, would affect the gut morphology when added to the animal’s diet. They observed it affected production and more importantly, taste.  They took their research project a step further by visiting our Botkins feed mill to see how their feed was made, and then went to the facility where the birds were processed.     

As I opened my email this morning, I noticed an article from the Pork Network by JoAnn Alumbaugh about 10 Reasons Why your Child Should Join 4-H or FFA.  I was in 4-H for 10+ years, as a youth, and those experiences, and great people I met, help me even still today.  I thought I would share the 10 reasons I believe youth should join 4-H or FFA:

  1. Leadership skills:  I started as a recreation officer and worked to president of many organizations.
  2. Knowledge of agriculture:  I had a step ahead of many of my fellow students when I went to college.
  3. Healthy living:  Life skills on feeding animals correctly and knowing what is in my Cheerios in the morning.
  4. Confidence:  In many of my first Junior Leadership meetings, I did not say a word.  But the experience helped me learn to make friends and work together.
  5. Good Sportsmanship:  Taught me to be a good winner, but most importantly a good loser as well.
  6. Work ethic:  My parents helped, but I learned early that it was up to me to get projects completed or to find an answer.
  7. Community service:  Showed me how great it feels to help someone else.
  8. Lifelong friendships:  I currently live four hours away from my hometown and still exchange Christmas cards with many of my old 4-H friends.
  9. Scholarship and education opportunities:  One of my daughters is a senior in college and the other is in grad school, anything to help save money is HUGE!
  10. And so much more:  Mentors, friends, education, etc.  The list goes on and on.

I am so glad that my sisters, myself, and now my children had the chance to develop and become better people, thanks to great organizations like 4-H and FFA.  

Posted on 1/9/2017 by Dr. Ed Bonnette  |  Category: Equine, Poultry, Cat, Dog, Rabbit, Sheep, Goat, Specialty
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Parasite Control Makes Animals Healthier

A scheduled program for internal and external parasites is a must for your animal’s health.   Whether you have a herd of goats, a few sheep you raise for wool or a horse that you ride on the weekends, you can find information about parasite control by Googling ‘internal and external parasites in…’, then add the animal; ‘goats’, ‘dogs’, ‘horses’, etc.

For internal parasites, worms are the most common and for external parasites we are concerned with creepy crawlers like fleas, ticks and mites.  The best source of local information is your veterinarian who can make you aware of the local parasites your animal may be exposed to and can help set up a control program. Programs vary from region to region so if you are moving to a new area, contact a veterinarian in that area to start on a program specific for the new location.  

If you have not yet established a parasite control program for your animals the best time to start is NOW!  If you have a program follow it rigidly so parasite re-infestations are controlled. If you notice an unexpected weight loss, rubbing, scratching, energy loss or parasites on your animal or in their feces, contact your veterinarian and review/update the control program.  Avoid ‘home remedies’ as the remedy may cause damage to the animal’s skin or digestive track. Follow the use directions on all products and only use it for the animal it is made for.  Inspect your animals frequently for parasites.

Animals look and perform better when they are on a program to control parasites. This is especially important for young animals and those nursing babies as their nutrient needs are greater per unit of food. Parasite-free animals digest their food better which helps young animals grow faster and reduces the amount of food required for older animals to maintain proper body weight.  They are more alert and active.  Hubbard® Life offers products for a wide variety of animals.  It is formulated to optimize your animal’s nutritional needs and health. You can learn more at www.hubbardlife.com.

Posted on 5/10/2016 by Dr. Dave Whittington  |  Category: Equine, Poultry, Cat, Dog, Rabbit, Sheep, Goat, Specialty
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Kinetic in the News: Big things happening in 2016

Two very exciting news stories to share regarding Kinetic Performance Dog Food, which is distributed by Hubbard Life!

 

Welcome to Vohne Liche Kennels

In November of 2015, the tireless efforts of Hubbard’s Bob Roth and Kinetic’s Dave Dourson finally paid off and resulted in the establishment of a new relationship with Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana. Vohne Liche is a full service Working K-9 kennel representing the very best in highly trained police and military service dogs both in the United States and abroad.

Founded in 1993 by United States Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Kenneth Licklider, Vohne Liche Kennels is simply the best in the industry in training K-9 Teams for protection duty anywhere in the world. The training staff at VLK consists of eighteen on site trainers and six off site trainers all whom are either former military, law enforcement or both.

Vohne Liche trained K-9 Teams can be found working at any number of local, state and federal agencies including the Pentagon, NSA, DoD, US State Department, US Army and over 500 other US government, police, military and civilian agencies. These guys are the best of the best and we welcome them to the Kinetic team.

To learn more about Vohne Liche Kennels and their training methods, you can visit their website.

 

Introducing Team Kinetic

In February of 2016, Kinetic officially introduced Team Kinetic, a group of dedicated dog professionals who work to build and support Kinetic. Made up of Team Staff and Pro Staff levels, Team Kinetic is a group of industry influencers who serve as advocates for the Kinetic brand in their respective performance areas.

Current Team Kinetic members represent professional breeders, trainers and competitors in the areas of hunting dogs, mushing dogs and police and military protection dogs. They’re generally very well known in their fields and willing advocates for a brand they believe in. Most current members have been feeding the brand for years and were already working in some unofficial capacity to spread the Kinetic story.

There are also plans to further expand Team Kinetic in the future. While the intent is to maintain a small core group of dedicated members, future plans for Team Kinetic include adding key professionals in other geographies as well as additional performance areas. Additional area of focus might include activities such as herding, dock jumping, agility and other working disciplines.

To learn more about Team Kinetic members and their training and competitive methods, you can view their bios on the Kinetic website.

Posted on 2/17/2016 by Steve Ries  |  Category: Equine, Poultry, Cat, Dog, Rabbit, Sheep, Goat, Specialty, Game Bird, Chinchilla, Guinea Pig, Alpaca, Llama, Deer, Ratite, Pigeon, Rat and Mouse, Bison
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