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Cattle Lice Control

These pesky bugs can wreak havoc on your herd if not taken care of promptly and properly. This week we are covering the topic of lice, go ahead and start scratching your head now.

Symptoms of lice in cattle include:

Hair loss, due to rubbing

Biting

Scratching

Lousy cattle may cause damage to your fences, yards or trees which the cattle use as rubbing posts. The coats of lousy cattle take on a rough scruffy appearance, and at times, areas of skin are rubbed raw.

If only a few animals in a herd are severely affected by lice, always look for an underlying cause. Diseased or nutritionally stressed animals will develop more severe lice infestations than healthy animals.

Insecticides can be used to treat infected cattle. However they may not be as effective on louse eggs. This means that after treatment, eggs can still hatch and continue the infestation. With some insecticides, a follow-up treatment 2–3 weeks later is necessary. This time interval is critical to achieve control, as it allows time for the eggs to hatch but not to mature into adults which will lay eggs themselves.

We carry a variety of products should a outbreak threaten your herd.

Powder:

Python Dust (Zeta_Cypermethrin)

Garden, Pet and Livestock Dust (Permethrin)

Injectable:

Noromectin (Ivermectin)

Pour-On:

Durvet Ivermectin

Eprinex

 

 

New Duck Breeds 2019

If you’re hoping to add some spice to your flock, good news, we have new duck breeds coming in this year.

Golden 300 Hybrid 

This breed was developed in 1996 to produce larger eggs, and more often. These calm, social ducks have a quiet demeanor and are rarely broody. The eggs they lay are 80% of the time white but some hens will lay blue eggs.

 

Silver Apple Yard

Described as a lighter colored mallard, these ducks grow very rapidly, lay well and make a great domestic pet. These ducks are used for both meat and egg production. They can easily grow a clutch of 10-12 eggs.

 

Duclair 

The Duclair duck is very calm in nature and very easy to tame. They are considered a good duck for the beginners and they’re very good as pets. They are good egg layers, laying about 80-100 blueish-green eggs a year. They are excellent foragers, feasting on any insects but their favorites are slugs and snails.

 

Reverse Searing on the Traeger

Smoke flavor on the inside, caramelized crust on the outside

What is Reverse Searing? Reverse searing creates a beautiful sear on the outside and a smoked infused, perfect medium rare doneness on the inside. It combines the best of both worlds – incredible smoke flavor and a smokin’ caramelized outer crust. We’re combining low & slow with hot & fast for a full-proof way to tackle any beef cut.

Start with a low & slow cooking process at 225°F to infuse smoke into the meat. From there, crank the heat up to High to finish off the steak with a blazing hot sear, locking in that natural wood fire taste.

How to Reverse Sear on a Traeger:

  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Set the grill temperature to 225°F.
  • Place steak on grill grate and smoke for 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Remove steak from the grill.
  • Increase temperature to the highest setting and allow grill to fully preheat.
  • Sear steaks on the hot grill grates until they reach an internal temperature of 125℉ for medium rare.
  • Enjoy the best dang steak of your life.

Use a meat probe or thermometer to reach your ideal internal temperature with 100% certainty. Insert the probe into the meat, avoiding fat and bone, and check the internal temperature.

If you’re looking for deep, classic grill marks, enhance your steaks with our cast iron grill grate.

For the smoking portion, place steaks on the second tier. Set temperature to 225°F and activate Super Smoke mode for a blast of natural hardwood smoke.

After about 45 minutes, increase the grill temperature to 500°F and let grill fully preheat. When grill is hot, move the steaks down to the lowest tiered rack to get maximum heat, searing each side for one minute.

Feel free to stop into to Burns Feed Store and we can go over tips on how to make your reverse sear work with your grill.

Smoke on friends!

 

Nature’s Miracle Pet Products

Anyone who is a pet owner deals with stains and odors left behind by their pets.  It is a problem that is hard to avoid. Whether it is urine, feces, mud, blood or vomit, the stains and odors from your pets can be extremely difficult to take care of without using the correct product.

Nature’s Miracle is safe to use around children and pets and is an effective and affordable product to use to deal with any stains and odors your pets may leave behind. Natures Miracle bio-enzymatic formula specifically reacts to organic stain and odor matter to eliminate them. When used correctly, Nature’s Miracle may be used on carpets, hard surfaces, clothing, kennels, carriers and furniture.

Burns Feed has a large variety of Nature’s Miracle products to help you deal with these situations.

Pruning Blueberries can Improve Yield

Annual pruning of blueberry bushes can provide a noticeable improvement in the quality and yield of the berry crop. Pruning should occur during dormant season, ideally from January through early March.  Blueberries pruned at this time can develop larger berries and produce a heavier yield. Plants that receive little or no pruning tend to have denser, weaker growth that has smaller fruit and lighter production. Over time, the plant may become unproductive.

Prune blueberry bushes moderately each year. Remove older, unproductive canes that have minimal growth from one year old wood. These canes will have a dull color and fewer buds developing. When pruning, remember that a blueberry plant develops flower buds near the tips of the previous season’s growth. These buds are large and plump when compared to a leaf bud. A leaf bud is smaller and somewhat scale-like. Prune out low growth and any other small shoots that have developed from the plant’s base late in the past growing season. Also, remove all deadwood, damaged or broken canes, and any insect or disease affected branches. Finally, prune to open up the center of the plant to improve light penetration and air circulation throughout the plant.

Following these suggestions should provide a healthier, more productive blueberry bush. The fruit will be larger, and of a higher quality, plus the plant should provide a higher seasonal yield we desire.

E-Z Haul Carts

Are you tired of tipping over the single tire wheelbarrow? It’s time to make your job a little easier with an E-Z Haul Cart! The perfect balance of an E-Z Haul Cart will get the job done with less effort. These carts are built to last! They are made with the most durable components to handle big loads, regardless of cart size. The E-Z Haul Cart is available in three sizes with load ratings from 250 to 600 pounds. Sizes available at Burns Feed Store are:
5 1/2Cu.Ft. Garden Cart
8Cu.Ft. Utility Cart
11 1/2Cu.Ft. Jumbo Cart
Since 1986, the E-Z Haul cart has been manufactured in the United States, to provide cost effective service for new products and replacement parts. We carry a full line of replacement parts if you need to spruce up your old cart!
E-Z Haul Carts are Affordable, Durable and Versatile!