The Feed Store Pre­pares For Feed Sale In­crease

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The Feed Store & More in An­der­son soon will see a big boost in feed sales, thanks to the cooler fall weather on its way in com­ing days.

Store man­ager Tim Scott said he ex­pects to see an in­crease in an­i­mal feed sales this month and in Novem­ber, as lo­cal farm­ers and ranch­ers pre­pare for fall.

The Feed Store is pre­pared for the bump in sales — and the type of items pur­chased — as farm­ers and ranch­ers fin­ish a late sea­son of hay, wean calves and look to pur­chase some min­er­als for their grass.

The weather this year has played havoc on farm­ers and ranch­ers, Scott said. “It’s been a crazy year. It was cold in the spring for so long and then it got hot and dry. We had a pretty good drought. (Now,) with the re­cent rain and cooler tem­per­a­tures, I think ev­ery­body took a deep breath and took a step back.”

The weather has al­lowed farm­ers to get one more late-sea­son hay haul­ing com­pleted, Scott said, lead­ing the store to ex­pe­ri­ence sales of baler twine.

The rain has given farm­ers a chance to con­tinue to get as much as they can out of their grass. Bermuda hasn’t died yet for the sea­son and other grasses may have a lit­tle bit more life, he said. This fall, how­ever, as the grass dries out, farm­ers and ranch­ers may look to adding some min­er­als to re­plen­ish some vi­ta­mins, Scott said.

The store also is see­ing cus­tomers pre­pare for fall plant­ing, such as win­ter wheat and turnips, he said.

About this time of year, some farm­ers be­gin to wean their calves. The store sees sales in calf creep, to help dur­ing this time. Farm­ers gen­er­ally do not sell their calves right af­ter they are weaned. They try to set­tle them in and put a few more pounds on them.

Farm­ers like to have the calves get ac­cus­tomed to the wean­ing and “not throw­ing a fit,” Scott said.

With an im­pend­ing change in sea­son, The Feed Store is pre­pared to help farm­ers and ranch­ers with needs dic­tated by the weather.

In one form or an­other, a feed store has been around to help neigh­bors on the farm.

“Within one block, there’s been a feed store here for 100 years,” Scott said.

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