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Because not all gasoline is the same, there are some things you should know about ethanol before fueling your STIHL power equipment. Most of the gasoline sold in the United States contains ethanol and US law only allows a 10% ethanol content (E10) fuel to be used in power equipment. Filling station pumps should be labeled with ethanol content but if they are not, you should ask the attendant before purchasing fuel for your equipment. Varnish and gum deposits can form inside your equipment's engine. Ethanol can, in turn, dissolve these deposits causing them to become dislodged, mixing with the fuel and plugging small openings and filters in the fuel system. Ethanol attracts and mixes with moisture in the air resulti ...
There didn't used to be many options for feeding horses besides grass and hay. Adding oats was one of the few choices available when a horse was having trouble maintaining it's weight. The introduction of a wide range of commercial horse feed has changed the way we feed the modern horse. It is important to understand each individual horse's body condition, age, workload, medical issues, caloric intake and energy output when planning their nutrition regimen. Commercial feed is easy to handle and makes rationing simple. It is easy for the animals to digest due to it's uniformity and consistency. Byproducts such as wheat middlings, soybean meal and hulls, alfalfa meal ...
Allowing time each week for regular maintenance of your leather horse tack and horse saddles can greatly extend it's life. As leather ages and is exposed to the elements it loses it's essential fats and oils which can lead to cracking, splitting and warping. Routine maintenance and proper maintenance equipment will replenish those essential oils keeping the leather soft, supple and clean. Proper storage of your tack away from sun, heat and humidity is also important. Products necessary when caring for your leather saddles and other tack are glycerin or ph balanced saddle soap, castile soap for heavily soiled leather, leather conditioner, tack-care supplie ...
Are you looking for premium work or outerwear? Family Center Farm and Home is the answer. Carhardtt, established in 1889 has been making premium workwear for 120 years. With a wide selection of coats, pants, shirts, sweats and overalls we make outfitting the entire family in rugged, comfortable apparel a breeze. Carhardtt is known for it's superior durability, comfort and fit satifying personal standards for quality and value. They also manufacture work site apparel that meets industry standards for protection including flame resistant and high visi ...
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  Cowboy Boots at Family Center Farm and Home Heritage Roughstock Square Toe from Ariat International   Every working cowboy needs a sturdy boot built for comfort and toughness. Ariat delivers with the widely popular favorite Heritage Roughstock Square Toe. These stylish men's cowboy boots are a everything kind of footwear.   They have the ATS technology on the footbed to aid in support and stability whether walking through rough terrain or smooth floor sur ...
Picture this: Walking around the farm inspecting cattle and one cow gets a little frisky and kicks up a lob of mud and waste onto your favorite pair of jeans. Do you whine and cry about how they are now ruined? No, because you're wearing Wranglers. All it takes is a little spit shine and they are ready for another day of work. And that's how jeans should be. Comfortable and heavy duty, ready to weather a long day of work.   Wranglers jeans are what you can call an American Classic when it comes to apparel. Known for being the roughest and toughest (while also being stylish), Wranglers are the number one style option for cowboy ...
  It’s the start of November next week, cold weather has officially arrived and it is just about time to get all the farm equipment like mowers, trimmers and tractors put away safely for the Winter season. We here at Family Center have prepared a few tips and checks to make sure that your “bread and butter” equipment survives the season beautifully. Winterizing and preparing your equipment also makes startup a lot easier and faster once Spring returns.   Before preparing your equ ...
Its the beginning of October and we as Midwest residents know that “Autumn” doesn’t exactly last long here. Now is the time to start preparing (if you haven’t already) for Winter disasters and emergencies on your farm. Winter farm preparation is an essential yearly task. Taking careful precautions helps prevent the loss of livestock and animals as we get through the Winter season.   Plan out your water source. Winter is the not the time to rely on natural watering holes. One deep freeze will have it out of commission for at least a couple of days. Make sure the piping around your home and farm is well insulated and equipped to handle the sudden weather changes. Aside from not having water, pipe breakag ...