Durvet and The Greatest Show on Earth

Post written by Mark Niblo, Marketing Director at Durvet | Long Distance Runner | Iowa by Birth-Kansas City by Choice

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When you read “The Greatest Show on Earth” in the title, I wasn’t referring to the circus.

I was talking about the largest agriculture show of its kind in the world, the World Ag Expo, held every February in the San Joaquin Valley of California.

Each year this show attracts over 100,000 attendees from over 50 countries. Beginning in 1967 as a local farm and equipment show, the World Ag Expo is now home to over 2.6 million (yes…TWO POINT SIX MILLION) square feet of exhibits. With over 1500 exhibits to see, it’s impossible to see everything available in the three days the expo is going on. Continue reading “Durvet and The Greatest Show on Earth”

Shipping 101: The Challenges of Old Man Winter

mike gallagherPost written by Mike Gallagher, Sales Coordinator

I’m a true believer of the four seasons in weather. There’s an old saying we’ve all heard before:

“If you don’t like the weather currently, stay around a few hours because it will change.”  

At Durvet, we deal with the change of seasons in our business. The weather, winter or summer, dictates whether we can ship products out of our warehouse to the distributors’ warehouses. Right now, we’re in the extreme part of the year and dealing with colder temperatures.

As I researched information for this post, I tapped into the vast knowledge of Bobby Bowers, Durvet’s Warehouse Manager. A big part of Bobby’s job each and every day is to make the decision to ship out our freight and keep it in good selling condition for our distributors. Continue reading “Shipping 101: The Challenges of Old Man Winter”

Through a Horse’s Eyes…By Jordan Sanders

Post written by Jordan Sanders, Regional Sales Manager – Midwest

img_1780I was fortunate enough to grow up around horses and compete in team roping jackpots and rodeos, and I continue to do so today.

I learned this hobby by spending many, many hours in the barn roping the steer horns on a bale of hay, and running countless steers in the practice arena.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned through rodeo was how to see something from a different perspective… my horse’s.

A good horse is a crucial part of having success in the team roping arena. Some say it’s 90% of how successful you are! In my early days of roping, I would get my horses saddled and go to the arena and rope as many steers as I could in one day.

That’s what all of my buddies and I did. And that’s how we got better. As the days went by and the steers got roped, my roping was improving but my horses weren’t progressing as I’d hoped. Continue reading “Through a Horse’s Eyes…By Jordan Sanders”

2016 Has Been a Tough Year for Agriculture

Post written by the Durvet Team

2016 has been a tough year for agriculture.

Whether you’re involved with livestock production or farming, it’s been harsh. Prices this year have been depressed throughout the year for most segments.

cattle_1Cattle prices have been cut almost in half compared to what they were in 2013. Hog prices have fallen from record highs in 2014 to their lowest levels since 2009.

Corn and Soybeans have been hard hit as well. The average price per bushel of corn is only half the value vs. what they were valued in 2012. Soybeans have lost one-third of their value from 2011.

What does that mean for the average family farm? Continue reading “2016 Has Been a Tough Year for Agriculture”

Things I Learned Around the Campfire…By Stacye Wyatt

Post written by Stacye Wyatt, Regional Sales Manager

Have you ever just sat around a campfire and listened to the crackle of the flame? Have you ever longed to just kick back and listen to the sounds around you?

campfire-2As a Girl Scout my fondest memories were sitting around the campfire, singing songs, roasting marshmallows, watching girls do silly skits, and passing on our traditions.

When you think about a campfire, what comes to mind? S’mores, songs, safety, relaxation, building a fire…or do you worry about tomorrow? Continue reading “Things I Learned Around the Campfire…By Stacye Wyatt”

At Durvet, Trade Show Season Is Upon Us…By Bill Boots

Bill BootsPost written by Bill Boots, Livestock Brand Manager | Animal Health Industry Lifer | KC Sports Fan | Basketball Junkie

Trade Show Season. Those words may mean different things to different people, but at Durvet, it means we’re about to get VERY busy.

For us Durvet folks, trade show season is usually centered around two times of the year, Spring and Fall. Trade shows are basically of two varieties:

  1. Industry-Related Shows – Annual industry-related trade shows, such as the National Cattleman’s Trade Show, held in conjunction each year with their national meeting…or the World Pork Expo held every year in June in Des Moines, IA…or the World Dairy Expo, held every October in Madison, WI.
  2. “Buying Shows” – These are put on by our individual member distributors.

Continue reading “At Durvet, Trade Show Season Is Upon Us…By Bill Boots”

Have You Thanked The Unsung Heroes In Your Life Lately? …. By Todd Muenstermann

Post written by Todd Muenstermann, President

Have you thanked the unsung heroes in your life lately?

I had the privilege of meeting one of Missouri’s finest a few days ago…a Missouri Highway Patrolman named Cpl Rick Scism. I know what you’re thinking!  You’re thinking that means Todd got caught speeding or doing some unlawful deed, right?  Well, fortunately for me you’d be wrong.

Speeding was what our former President, Bob Hormann, very often got caught doing. In fact, I’m certain Bob still has his traffic attorney on speed dial!  No, meeting Cpl Scism wasn’t about any lawlessness on my part. It was to discuss a young man named Jack Shull who’s the 22-year-old son of one of my best friends. You see, it turns out Jack wants to become a Missouri Highway Patrolman, which is something to be admired in my humble opinion. And the more I think about it, perhaps more so today than ever before. Continue reading “Have You Thanked The Unsung Heroes In Your Life Lately? …. By Todd Muenstermann”