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De Pere
1221 Grant St.
920.336.6449
Mishicot
150 East Main St.
920.755-2231
Reedsville
305 N. 6th St.
920.754.4321
Valders
511 S Calumet
920.775.9281
 

Dog Days of Summer - Keep Your Pets Cool

Some of the warmest days of summer are being forecasted for the coming week.  Here a few tips to help your pet keep their cool.

mishicot katiePreventing Heat Stroke:
- NEVER leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day- Keep fresh cool water available at all times
- Avoid vigorous excercise on warmer days
- If outside, make sure they have cover and shade

Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs:
- Vigorous panting
- Dark red gums
- Tacky or dry gums
- Collapse and loss of consciousness
- Dizziness
- Disorientation
- Increased rectal temperature
Any one of these symptoms is an emergency and requires immediate action.  Always have the number to your Vet and closest Emergency Vet Office saved in your phone or in a convenient location.

Looking for some DIY Summer Treats to keep your Dog Cool?  Try these...
(ALWAYS REMEMBER TO SUPERVISE YOUR DOG WITH ANY TREATS OR TOYS)

Dog Popsicles
Freeze toys, treats and water in a plastic container over night.  Pop out the frozen block and give to your dog to enjoy.

Dog Ice Cream
You will need:
8 ounces of plain yogurt
1 Tablespoon of Peanut Butter (creamy)
1 ripe banana
Mix all the ingredients together in a blender  Pour mixture into small plastic containers and freeze overnight.
Pop out from container and let your dog indulge.

Dog Ice Cubes
You will need:
Chicken or Beef broth (low-sodium, fat-free, and no onion ingredients)
Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze overnight.

Have fun this summer and keep you and your pet COOL!
.....Katie, Mishicot Country Store

 

 

Country Stores Offer Soil Sample Testing for Home Gardens and Lawns

Tips for a Proper Soil Sample

The reliability of a soil test is only as good as the sample you submit. The small amount of soil in the sample container you send to the Agricultural Testing Lab, or your local lawn and garden center (Country Visions Co-op), must represent the entire area to be fertilized.
  -  Avoid unusual areas such as those where fertilizer or lime has spilled. soil sample 008  -  Take samples before lime, fertilizer, or manure are added. 
  -  Use only clean equipment for collecting soil samples.

Where to Sample

The area to be sampled should be as uniform as possible in terms of soil type, cropping and fertilizing history. For practical purposes it should be an area you expect to fertilize as a unit. This means you should have separate samples for areas that will be used to grow different types of seed and may have different fertility needs. If you have a problem on part of a lawn, garden, or plot area, you may wish to determine if soil fertility is the cause by taking one sample to represent the “good” and the other to represent the “poor” area.

Take a Good Sample

Collect a number of cores or slices by walking in a zig-zag pattern over the area. Mix cores thoroughly in a clean pail for a composite sample. The greater the number of collected cores mixed together, the better the sample will represent the average condition of the sampled area. Consider 4-6 cores as the minimum for home gardens, lawns, and deer plots up to 10,000 square feet in size. Larger areas should be represented by at least 6 to 10 samples.

Choose one of the following tools:
Soil Probe or Auger – A soil probe or auger is the best tool for sampling. Soil probes may be available for use from some Country Visions locations at minimal or no charge. An auger will be needed if the soil is very stony or gravelly. Simply push the probe (or push and turn the auger) into the soil to the desired depth, lift up to remove the core, and place it in the clean pail. Sampling depth should be 4 to 6 inches deep for lawns and turf or 6-10 inches for annually tilled crops such as deer plots.

A Garden Trowel or Shovel - A garden trowel or shovel may be used if a soil probe or auger is not available. Collect your sample by pushing the blade of a garden trowel, shovel, or spade into the soil to the desired depth. Cut out a triangular wedge of soil and set it aside (to be replaced after sampling). Now slide your blade into the soil again taking a thin (half inch) slice from one side of the hole. With a knife, trim the slice to about a 1-inch strip of soil down the center of the spade – top to bottom. Save this “core” as part of your composite sample. Mix the sample and fill the sample bag or container. Make sure that all the cores are thoroughly mixed together. Bring the samples in to be tested as soon as possible. DO NOT let them sit in a vehicle or other warm enclosed area for too long. This may damage the integrity of the sample.

Country Visions (De Pere) can have the results of your test within a day or two of it being dropped off.  The Mishicot and Reedsville Country Stores are now offering soil sampling, too.  Contact any of these stores for more information on soil testing.

Information provided by:
Michael Zittlow
Assistant Store Manager, De Pere

Helping You.... "How to help your pet shed some pounds"

Country Visions Country Stores have trained, knowledgeable staff members to help you with questions about your pets nutrition. 

The following was provided by April at Country Visions Kiel Country Store location...

HELP YOUR PET SHED SOME POUNDS

1. CALCULATE THE CALORIES---Use this general guide for calculating per day calories needed for your pet. Take your pets weight and divide by 2.2 then multiply that by 30 and then add 70. (example: 26/2.2=11.81X30=354.30+70=424.30 In this example, approx. 424 calories per day.)

2. MEASURE MEALS---Use a measuring cup! After calculating the calories your pet needs, figure out how much to feed at each meal and MEASURE IT!

3. TREATING TASTEFULLY---Using low calorie and sugar free treats, or ones with specific health benefits are great ways to reward your pet. Be sure to figure those extra calories into the daily calorie intake, or all efforts will be lost.

4. FRUITS AND VEGGIES---Make a move away from highly processed treats and try offering green beans, broccoli, sliced apples, bananas, or ice cubes. These are nutritious healthy options for many dogs. A flake of salmon or tuna are great alternatives for cats.

5. EXERCISE ANYONE?---Did you know that 20-30 minutes of fast walking can boost immune function, heart health, and tame down some behavioral problems in dogs? Forwalking dog cats, try getting interactive self-motivated toys that keep your furry feline busy, so they are not creating havoc in your home while you are away at work.

6. SUPPLEMENTS---Almost every pet and person can benefit from a daily omega-3 fatty acid supplement. These fish oils are a potent anti-oxidant. L-carnitine also has shown to help aid in weight loss and promote lean muscle mass.

7. CARB TAKE OUT---Most of our pets don’t need a high carb diet, yet many pet foods contain 60% or more. Try feeding low or no-grain food with a protein source as the first ingredient. High protein/low carb diets are recommended for weight loss.

BE SURE TO CHECK WITH YOUR VET BEFORE MAKING ANY DIET CHANGES

Entry Date Extended for 2016 Youth Broiler JackPot Shows

IMG 1209Country Visions Country Stores in De Pere and Kiel will be hosting this year's Youth Broiler JackPot Shows.  The show dates are June 28 and 29.  The contest is open to youth ages 3 to 18 years.  The entries will be accepted up until May 17-18 or until 25 entrants are reached at each location at any of the Country Store or Feed Store locations.  An entry fee of $20 is required when you enter and order your chicks.  Pick-up dates and further details are available in stores and herepdfjackpot_show_2016.pdf

Howloween at CVC Country Stores

 The Winner of the Grand prize is Bella!  Her owner entered her in the contest at the Valders location.valders dogs 142

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Country Visions Country Store locations.  First place of a year supply of dog food selected from all entries and additional prizes selected at each location.  Enter by coming in with your costumed dog during the event and let us take their photo.

What is a Co-op?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines a cooperative as a user-owned, user-controlled business that distributes benefits on the basis of use. Member users, or patrons, own and democratically elect the board of directors, which provides oversight of the co-op. Net earnings are distributed on the basis of proportional use, or patronage, rather than on investment.

Cooperative associations have been organized throughout history to carry out many different activities, often in response to economic and social stress. Cooperative organizations in the United States first appeared in the late 1700's and today co-ops can be found in all sectors of the U.S. economy. Consumer, purchasing and farm supply cooperatives are all organized to provide the specialized goods or services that their member patrons want to buy.

By combining member demand, a co-op can provide better availability, selection, pricing, or delivery of products or services to individual consumers, businesses or farmers. Farm supply co-ops cost-effectively supply input, fuel and agronomy services to farm business owners.