How to Prepare Your Chickens for Winter…By Kassie Kreissler

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

Winter can be a tough time of the year for those of us who raise chickens.

We’re faced with dark and cold mornings, continual temperature drops, and decreased egg production.

The good news? Winter doesn’t have to be detrimental to us or our chickens. We can several steps to prepare the coop and hens for winter just like we do everything else around the farm.  Continue reading “How to Prepare Your Chickens for Winter…By Kassie Kreissler”

Flying the Friendly Skies? A Tale of Two Airline Experiences…By Mark Niblo

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

I fly often for work and I think I notice things over time that the occasional vacation traveler probably doesn’t.

I fly Airline A most of the time and I have gotten to where I really like them. They’re almost always on time, don’t have an “Executive Lounge”, and they don’t give me free First Class seating on their planes.

I fly them because they have respect for all of their passengers and treat everyone like First Class travelers.  

My bag fees are included in the price of my ticket and I get to choose my seat. If I don’t get a good seat, it’s because I forgot to check in on time… not because they decided I wasn’t worthy of anything but their most uncomfortable seats in the middle of the row, all the way to the back of the plane. Continue reading “Flying the Friendly Skies? A Tale of Two Airline Experiences…By Mark Niblo”

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”

I Had the Time of My Life!…By Mark Niblo

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

How often do you hear people say they want to get away from work but just can’t do it because they’re too busy or some other excuse they come up with to justify not taking time off?

I WAS that person. I would only get out of the office for a day or two at a time to attend industry meetings or shows and would still return to a stress-filled environment of tasks that had piled up while I was gone.

Conventions and work travel sound fun, but can be stressful with negotiations, entertaining people when you’re tired, spending time with competitors, or sometimes going with people you would never go on vacation with or spend your weekend around. Continue reading “I Had the Time of My Life!…By Mark Niblo”

The Leaves Are Changing. Are Your Bees Ready?…By Alex Sandmann

Alex SandmannPost written by Alex Sandmann, Customer Service Expert | Consumer & Vendor Liaison | Market Researcher | Project Manager | Rancher | Fitness Enthusiast

The leaves are changing, there’s a nip in the air, everything you see now comes in “pumpkin spice” flavoring… so this can only mean one thing… Fall is officially upon us and Winter will soon be here.

As beekeepers we need to make sure that our hives are prepared to handle the winter. Surviving the winter is the most stressful period for honeybees. They don’t migrate south for the winter like birds and senior citizens. Continue reading “The Leaves Are Changing. Are Your Bees Ready?…By Alex Sandmann”

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”