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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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Pet First Aid Tips: Be prepared in case your pet gets injured

Recently a little orange kitten in distress was brought to my house. It was obvious she had been in some sort of accident involving a car.  When she arrived she was in a lot of pain, very frightened and had open wounds along with a busted leg. So I did what I could for her by donning some heavy leather gloves, treating her wounds and eventually got her to the vet. After some stitches and TLC, she is limping her way to recovery!  Many of us have a dog or cat at home, some have quite a variety of animals that we care for daily. But how many of us are prepared for an animal emergency?  Below are some tips to keep in mind.

  • An injured animal is more likely to bite so secure the animal and/or muzzle it before administering aid to protect yourself from injury.
  • Restrain the animal to prevent it from running off as it is likely scared or frightened. Use a pet carrier for transport.
  • Have somebody assist you in taking care of the injured animal if possible.
  • Keep an injured animal calm and warm as it may be in shock from the trauma.
  • If an animal ingests something toxic, call the vet or animal poison control.
    • Take note of what the animal ingested and how much.  Have the label handy if possible.
    • Hydrogen Peroxide found in your medicine cabinet can be used to induce vomiting if warranted.
  • If your pet is bleeding, find the wound and apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding. You may need to rinse the animal with water to find the wound.
  • If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke or overheating, cool them down in a bath of cool water or wet cold towels.
  • If your pet is choking, open its mouth and attempt to clear the airway. You can do a modified Heimlich maneuver if you are unsuccessful at clearing the obstruction.
  • Symptoms that require immediate veterinary attention include:
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Excessive bleeding that will not stop
    • Major trauma such as being struck by a vehicle
    • Prolonged vomiting or diarrhea
    • Difficulty when urinating or defecating (or inability to do so)
    • Poisoning
    • Animal collapse, loss of consciousness
    • Seizures or staggering
    • Eye injuries
    • Broken bones or severe lameness
    • Heat stroke
  • Keep an animal first aid kit on hand. Minor cuts and scrapes can be treated at home.  A list of recommended items is found here:  https://www.avma.org/public/EmergencyCare/Pages/Supplies-Checklist.aspx   
  • Have your veterinarian’s phone number on hand; most have an emergency contact number for weekends and after hours calls. When in doubt, phone the vet.

Posted on 6/23/2015 by Stephanie Jaeger-Whipps  |  Category: Equine, Poultry, Cat, Dog, Rabbit, Sheep, Goat, Specialty
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