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To the Future and Beyond: A fun look at animals in entertainment

With the holiday season approaching, I am very thankful for many things.  My wonderful family, being part of a new company that wants to be in agriculture and all the wonderful people and their animals.   I truly enjoy each day, for I get to work with a large variety of animals on a daily basis.  Today was deer, chickens and game birds so far, yesterday was rabbits and goats.  It is never boring.   But sometimes I like my imagination to go wild.  With the new Star Wars coming out, I have to put away my Mr. Spock pointed ears and think of a galaxy far-far away.

So sometimes I wondered what a Ph.D. nutritionist would suggest for all the animals in this old and new galaxy.  Closer to home, even as a little kid who had to do his feeding the chickens, cows, and dog chores each night, I wondered about little things like what kind of dog food did Underdog eat?   Tom never did catch Jerry so what did he eat?  Jerry’s leftovers?  The Wile E. Coyote seemed to eat a lot of ACME products but none seemed as nutritious as a Roadrunner.  But Roadrunners are so small you wondered why he didn’t aim for something bigger and slower like Big Bird.  How hard was it to balance Mr. Ed’s diet with all the peanut butter they had to give him to make it look like he was talking (so one story goes)?   Does Ron Howard still have a brother years after Gentle Ben matured??? 

Or a little more modern time, how did Eddie survive all those years on Frazier being fed all the psycho-babble all the time.  How did the rooster, Little Jerry Seinfeld, survive on a show about nothing?  Could Po from Kung Foo Panda really only eat Monkey’s almond cookies while doing a full split?  Did Mr. Popper have to keep his penguins out of the water when Free Willy came by to visit?  

But as I enter my imaginary X-Wing fighter and charge up my light saber, what will I need to worry about in this new future world.  In Star Trek, we had an idea that Tribbles could eat a grain called Quadrotriticale (but not with added poison).  But what does one feed an Ewok (other than people)?  I was hoping more towards the alfalfa based direction.   Can we use our Algae DHA in a mixture when a group of Gungans like Jar Jar Binks comes to the earth?    Do you have to use all no-animal products when you go to Chewy’s house for Thanksgiving’s dinner? 

Now we have had our fun thinking about what could be but the future is always exciting and with new places to explore.  Maybe I am the early reincarnation of Captain Kurt or Han Solo that we will see in the future so they will have the nutrition answers and can worry about not losing any crewmen in red shirts or whether to call Leia princess, general or dear?  

Posted on 12/16/2015 by Dr. Ed Bonnette  |  Category: Equine, Poultry, Cat, Dog, Rabbit, Sheep, Goat, Specialty
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We Should Always “Bee” Happy: The story of Burt's Bees

Although I never personally met the man or knew his full name, I had seen his first name and his profile pictures for years with a growing interest and amazement.

I was very sad to see that he had passed several weeks back.  His company was Burt’s Bees and his name was Burt Shavitz.    The Maine based business started with Roxanne Quimby in 1984 as a candle making company.  The candles were made from left over bee’s wax from Burt’s honey business.  As many new businesses, it started slowly but by the end of the first year, it had grown to $20,000 in sales.  

After taking a large order for a boutique in New York, Burt’s Bees expanded their business.  Around that time, Roxanne found several recipes for personal care products after reading one of Burt’s old bee keeping books and the company started to make additional products.  This expanded line still included the candles but now also had natural soaps, perfumes and one of their best selling products, lip balm.

But it was not always blue skies for them.  In 1993, Roxanne forced Burt basically out of the business due to “issues in their personal relationship”.  Roxanne kept the company growing and by 1998, now based in North Carolina, they had sales of over $8 million dollars and 100 natural care products.  In 1999, Roxanne bought out Shavitz’s share of the company for a house worth about $130,000.  

In 2004, an equity company bought most of the Burt’s Bee Company for $173 million dollars from Roxanne (who kept 20% of the company).   Burt renegotiated his compensation and was given $4 million dollars.  After several years of growth with several executives from high power companies like GE, Garner and Unilever, the company was once again sold this time to Clorox Company for a reported $925 million. 

So the next time you see a little bee that weighs a few grams and think it does not do much for you, remember these little facts:

  • One tablespoon of honey represents 36 bees total lifetime production
  • The average American eats 1.1 pound of honey a year
  • It takes pollen from two million flowers to make one pound of honey
  • The hive of bees will travel 55,000 miles over 12 square miles for that one pound of honey
  • A bee flies about 15 mph and lives for about 45 days but does not sleep
  • Mead is honey wine

So my personal thanks to Burt of Burt’ s Bees for keeping the science of Apiology going strong and for superior lip protection in the winter.

A little 'off-topic' from our usual animal nutrition, but interesting none-the-less!   

Posted on 10/7/2015 by Dr. Ed Bonnette  |  Category: Specialty
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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 To learn more about the Exmark advantage, visit                                             


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Posted on 8/27/2015 by Shannon Zika  |  Category: Equine, Poultry, Cat, Dog, Rabbit, Sheep, Goat, Specialty
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