Lessons from 16 Years of Sales Pro…By Mark Niblo

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

Sales Pro 2016 is in the books! Hats off to everyone who participated in making this annual event another great success.

We’ve been doing this event every year since 2000, moving it from city to city and exposing our distributor salespeople to many different parts of the country.

I think back to 16 years ago when we started this meeting on how difficult it was to get our supplier partners excited about participating. I’m convinced that this was due to the fact that annual sales meetings had gotten such a bad reputation.

I, of course, blame this on our competitors who hold annual events and had a habit of over-charging, over-promising, sometimes threatening, and then under-delivering results year after year. Continue reading “Lessons from 16 Years of Sales Pro…By Mark Niblo”

5 Tips for Keeping Your Chickens Cool This Summer…By Kassie Kreissler

Kassie KreisslerPost written by Kassie Kreissler, Marketing Specialist | Event Coordinator | Social Media Expert | Live Music Supporter | Rancher | Horse Trainer

The 4th of July has come and gone, meaning the summer heat is upon us. I love Summer and I’m one of those people who would much rather be hot than cold.

While I enjoy the summer heat, some of our animals friends may not…specifically, the two legged & feathered kind.

kassiechicksWe’ve had chickens for just over four years and I grew up always having a few chickens around. Over the years I’ve seen some of our hens overheat. If you think your chickens are having a hard time adjusting to the heat of the summer, some signs to look for are:

  • Panting
  • Holding wings away from body
  • Acting Lethargic
  • Limpness
  • Diarrhea

Continue reading “5 Tips for Keeping Your Chickens Cool This Summer…By Kassie Kreissler”

How To Bathe A Feral Pig…By Mike Gallagher

mike gallagherPost written by Mike Gallagher, Sales Coordinator

Recently I took a call from an elderly lady in North Georgia. Mrs. Olson had recently received a pig as a gift and her question was how to shampoo this newly acquired “prize”.  I will try to recall the conversation as best as I remember it.

“Mrs. Olson, please tell me about your pig and then we will address your questions.”

She started, “Well, some friends of mine had been taking a hike through some very thick woods close to our area, and they came upon several small pigs.  Since they knew I have always wanted a pet animal, and was never allowed to have one since my husband was alive, they thought of me.  They somehow were able to snare one of the pigs and brought it home to my house. It’s the cutest little thing and I’m very grateful to them.”

I asked her, “Do you know what breed of pig it is?”

Immediately, the answer came back, “I believe they called it a feral pig.  Do you know much about that breed?” Continue reading “How To Bathe A Feral Pig…By Mike Gallagher”

How Your Store’s Curb Appeal Is A Lot Like Dating…By Kerry Glakeler

Kerry GlakelerPost written by Kerry Glakeler, Brand Manager at Durvet, Inc.

Marriage for me is awesome and I must say I got the best husband ever but……remember the adventures of dating?

Now take a moment and really “visualize” what you went through when you were out looking to meet that perfect person (or as one of my coworkers said…it was just that “pretty face” he was looking for.) Others of us might have been looking for a little more of a “full packaged deal” right off the bat!

Are those old memories bringing a mischievous smile to your face? Let’s take a walk down memory lane shall we…. Continue reading “How Your Store’s Curb Appeal Is A Lot Like Dating…By Kerry Glakeler”

12 Months Later: Thoughts From My Turkey Blind…By Todd Muenstermann

Post written by Todd Muenstermann, President

Nearly 12 months of steering the Durvet bus (loaded up with our fine team) down the ol’ animal health highway is now in the rear-view mirror and I find myself enjoying some quality time in a turkey blind.

Turkey Hunt (4)It’s been a fast and furious ride to say the least. And as I sit here and watch the sun rise and listen to the woods wake up (which never gets old, by the way), I’m pondering a few things I’ve learned over the past 12 months.

First, don’t believe everything you think because at least some of it is probably just “stuff” that you’ve created in your own mind!  That said, being a little paranoid can be a good thing too.

I’ll be the first to admit the bus ride hasn’t been easy at times… there were some things we saw coming and some surprises too.  There was plenty of change and a lot of learnin’ going on and, quite frankly, there still is and always will be! Continue reading “12 Months Later: Thoughts From My Turkey Blind…By Todd Muenstermann”

The Zika Virus: The More You Know, The Better…By Kassie Kreissler

Kassie KreisslerPost written by Kassie Kreissler, Marketing Specialist | Event Coordinator | Social Media Expert | Live Music Supporter | Rancher | Horse Trainer

Our country as a whole isn’t ready for the Zika virus, but it’s coming whether we’re ready for it or not.  So we need to prepare ourselves and have prevention methods on standby at all times.

The World Health Organization describes mosquitoes as the greatest menace known to mankind. Microsoft founder Bill Gates calls them the deadliest animals on earth. 

I couldn’t agree more. They annoy everyone and, with Summer upon us, they’re going to start taking over our outdoor activities. Mosquitoes spread vector-borne diseases (i.e. transmitted by parasite or insect) such as malaria, dengue, yellow fever and now the Zika disease.

The Zika Virus is more scary than most thought it would be. I know I’m nervous about it and I know many other people who are even more nervous to travel outside of the United States.

There continues to be more information produced and research done on the Zika Virus every day. With that in mind, here are five facts to help understand what the Zika Virus actually is: Continue reading “The Zika Virus: The More You Know, The Better…By Kassie Kreissler”

Effective January 1, 2017: Antibiotic Regulations Are Changing Whether We Like It Or Not.

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

Ready or not, here it comes! Effective January 1, 2017, the 3-year transition period regarding the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals will be in full effect.

Small farmers and backyard producers that have been relying on OTC antibiotics to treat outbreaks of disease will no longer be able to get commonly used products without the involvement of a veterinarian.

Back in December 2013, the FDA issued a final guidance for the animal health industry to remove all growth promotion claims from feed…and transition to RX-only for all water soluble and liquid antibiotics that are classified as important in human medicine…by the end of 2016. Continue reading “Effective January 1, 2017: Antibiotic Regulations Are Changing Whether We Like It Or Not.”