Tips

Flee Flea Contains Garlic - Is it Safe? The Answer is Yes!

We recently had an enquiry regarding the use of garlic in Flee Flea so decided to take this opportunity to explore the matter further as there is a huge amount of negativity regarding feeding garlic to animals on the internet. We hope that the following will help to allay any fears you may have regarding feeding garlic to your beloved pets.

The following text has been taken from the Flee Flea manufacturer's website:

I have heard garlic is poisonous for animals. Flee Flea contains garlic, is it safe?
We have heard that too, but we were originally given the recipe for Flee Flea from a veterinarian who was a customer at our Health Shop, and have since double checked this with some of our other veterinarian customers who use and sell Flee Flea.

One of our biggest stockists is the Animal Health Centre in Orewa who sell a lot of Flee Flea to their customers. Owner Sarndra Urwin, Animal Naturopath, confirms that Flee Flea has proved very popular with their clients, who use it to repel fleas and also as a general tonic, and they have not had one adverse report.

How can I buy fertiliser and have a guarantee that I'm actually getting what I'm paying for?

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One way of doing this is to select products that are Fertmark registered. Here is an explanation of the Fertmark programme on the NZ Fertiliser Association website:
The Fertmark programme was established in 1992 to give New Zealand farmers confidence in the quality of fertilisers and associated advertising.

It now includes the requirements of the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act that fertilisers are supplied in such a way as to minimise risks to food safety and animal welfare.

The Fertmark Code of Practice relates to all fertilisers sold under the Fertmark programme.

Farmers can be confident that fertilisers supplied from Fertmark registered companies meet the claimed nutrient content and, if used properly, do not pose hazards to food safety or animal welfare.

Fertmark provides quality assurance on claimed nutrient content to farmers purchasing fertiliser, with Fertmark certified products displaying a green tick.

To ensure ongoing product consistency, regular product samples are analysed, and procedures and results are subject to external, independent audit.

Our Prilled Fertiliser Products Do Not Need Rain in Order to Start Working

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Some chemical fertilisers need rain in order to break down and start working, however our prilled fertiliser products (such as Guano Phosphate Fertiliser, MiSK 3 in 1 Natural Fertiliser, Prilled Lime and Prilled MagLime) don't.

Now that we are into the Autumn season we are getting quite heavy dews each morning and this is enough to start breaking down these prilled products.

So get in quick before the spreading companies get busy and get your fertiliser on now!

Please contact us for a quote.

Don't Want to Thread the Wire Through the Fence Post Holes?

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Don't want to thread the wires through the post holes? Then use the Wire Twister to install the Fibopost Wire-Ties.

Wire TwisterWire Twister

  • Used for neat and easy wire tying
  • Compact and easy to carry around
  • Gold passivated for increased corrosion protection
  • Overall length 78mm

Check out this video for instructions on how to use the Wire Twister:

Calming a Flighty, Excitable Horse

Do you have a flighty, excitable horse that needs calming down? Maybe your horse is lacking in magnesium...

Here a few signs of a magnesium deficiency:

  • Horses and ponies that have a deficiency in magnesium may show signs of nervousness, excitability and muscle shaking.
  • Some horses become especially "fresh" in the springtime. The fast growth rate of grass in spring means that spring grazing has an increased sugar content and is also often deficient in magnesium. As a result many horses become much more excitable, some become almost unrideable - feeding a horse feed supplement containing magnesium can help to control this, but this should never be used in place of good grazing management.
  • Stress in the horse, caused by training, travelling and equestrian competition, can also cause a magnesium deficit and an excess of calcium - this can result in excitability, tension and muscle cramps.

How to Recognise Nutrient Deficiencies in Soil

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Here are a few tips on signs of different nutrient deficiencies in soil.

If soil is (very) deficient in:

  • CALCIUM: Animal dung does not break down.
  • PHOSPHORUS: Grass is unpalatable. Clover grows stronger out of dung patches. Reddish purple leaves. Mushrooms indicate low Phosphate levels.
  • MAGNESIUM: Yellowing of leaves between the veins. Grass staggers and sometimes sudden death (made worse by low calcium levels in the soil).
  • POTASSIUM: Strong clover growth in urine patches. Yellow tips of older leaves. White dots on edge of white clover leaves. Large proportion of plantain and dandelion in sward.
  • SULPHUR: Grass growing in urine patches is of a deeper green colour. Sheep shed wool.

We can supply two products to correct the above deficiencies... Guano Phosphate Fertiliser for Calcium and Phosphorous deficiencies and ViaMSK 3 in 1 Natural Fertiliser for Magnesium, Sulphur and Potassium deficiencies.