(817) 429-4488 Nationwide, Based in Fort Worth

Fly season

As summer approaches creating shade is very important for your livestock and horses.  One other thing that tops the list is FLY CONTROL!  This program was featured in Western Horseman’s newsletter and is a comprehensive approach to dealing with an age old problem. Four Steps to Serious Fly Control! Each year, as the weather warms we get excited to get outside and enjoy time with our horses. With this great weather though comes the problem of dealing with flies. While there are many ways to combat these pests, chemical-free options are affordable and can help you to eliminate flies at all stages of their development. For total fly control, consider the following four steps. First, control flies by stopping flies in their developmental stage with ARBICO Organics Fly Eliminators™ – Gnat-sized parasitic wasps that feed on and breed in developing (pupal) stages of filth-breeding flies. Secondly, take control of your manure management and consider adding a microbial spray to speed up decomposition such as Em-1 or SCD Barn Kleaner. Next, combat maggots breeding in hot spots with ARBICO Organics NemAttack – Beneficial Nematodes that parasitize the maggot stage of flies. Lastly, we recommend trapping adult flies and spraying your animals for effective control of adult flies. The ARBICO Organics Solar Fly Trap is a long-lasting aluminum trap that attracts and

View Full Post

;

READ MORE...

Out of the Wind

Planning windbreaks for cattle Kathy Parker, Freelance Contributor – TRI STATE LIVESTOCK NEWS “Anything a rancher can do to help protect livestock from winter weather is beneficial. Spending money on moveable or permanent windbreaks may be worthwhile, depending on the situation. It may be more cost effective to use windbreaks when buildings are not available for shelter and natural windbreaks are sparse. In addition, windbreaks may be constructed faster than buildings. Cattle stand cold temperatures without wind pretty well, but according to the University of Idaho’s Jim Church, a 20-mile per hour wind is equivalent to 30 degrees of cold. So if the temperature is 10 degrees with a 20-mile an hour wind, the cattle are feeling 20 below zero. It takes more feed to generate body heat. In fact, Church said for every 10 degrees decline in temperature below 30 degrees Fahrenheit due to wind chill, a cow’s energy requirement goes up 13 percent. Cold stress increases sickness, which increases vet and medicine costs. Some producers have made use of materials they already have for the windbreaks. Kristin Zemp grew up on a Wyoming ranch and now lives on an Ashland, Kansas ranch. She said some producers get creative. “Some places just pile junk cars or tires and stuff up. Looks junky, too.  Old cars and farm equipment lined

View Full Post

;

READ MORE...

Tennis Pro Helps Cows Beat the Heat

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr. David Witts is an asscociate member of the Texas Hereford Association and was an active member for many years. He has devoted his career to speaking for the agriculture and land owner’s rights. His acquaintance with Mr. John Verde prompted him to submit this article. Mr. Verde is a USPTA teaching pro and developed his product as a protection for tennis courts. The article tells how his proudct evolved from the tennis court to the livestock industry. Mr. Verde has donated the use of his Screen-O-Round material to the TJHA for use at Expo 94. It seems the Lord can still use surprises to make the unknown known to people. Historic methods and humble beginnings revolutionize the complexity of a major problem with a simple idea. One day out of the blue, fortune smiled when a Dutch dairy farmer visited an American Arabian horse ranch. Klaas Talsma, owner of Talsma Dairy in Hico, Texas took a rare day off and visited a horse facility near Weatherford, Texas. With little knowledge of raising horses, Klaas was anxious to learn more about the equine operation, cost, daily upkeep, the training required, make a deal and be on his way. However, something strange in design, different in quality and working beyond belief, caught his eye and pricked his thinking about

View Full Post

;

READ MORE...

WINDSCREENS FOR RANCHING, RESIDENTIAL,
INDUSTRIAL AND SPORTS APPLICATIONS

For nearly 50 years... StrokeMaster Windscreen Supply has been providing quality windscreens for
tennis, baseball & softball fields, horse arenas, cattle barns, fair grounds, hobby farm enclosures and wildlife pens.

Other applications include privacy screen, vision barriers, pergola shade, livestock shelters and more.

WINDSCREEN ASSISTANCE IS ONLY A PHONE CALL AWAY (817) 429-4488

Pin It on Pinterest