Why Ropa?

Des Moines Feed Co. is now a Ropa distributor.  To enhance our NON-GMO product line we would like to offer these 100% natural quality feed supplements for your beloved animals.

Ropa has the best natural feed supplements that ensure a good health.  Most of their formulas consist on the medicinal properties of oregano.  Oregano consists of components such as carvacrol and thymol, which have antimicrobial properties.  The use of Ropa products keeps your animals healthy in a natural way!

Ropa has several lines of products to help with Pigeons, Dogs, Horses, Birds, Poultry, & Rodents. Des Moines Feed Co. is now stocking a few select items from the ROPA-B pigeon & Ropa Poultry lines.

Ropa, Front, 2016

All other non-stocked Ropa products will be available to order from Des Moines Feed Co. as a special order with drop shipment direct from Ropa.

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Native plants, really?

Planting native plants in your yard, is going to attract animals and birds you would not see otherwise. The benefits are that most native plants are going to be perennials meaning they will come back the next year!cone-flower-echinacea-purpurea-asteraceae-paleae-1 (1).jpg

Once established, native plants do not need pesticides, fertilizers, or watering.  Native plants have amazing root systems to contain soil and slow runoff. Stems, leaves and parts of the flower that make it through the winter will also decrease runoff in the spring when snow melts and rainfall comes before new growth.

Once these landscapes have been established, the plants can be a protective cover for many animals. Native plants provide seeds, nuts and fruits for squirrels and other mammals, insects and birds. That’s not all; nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies as well as larval host for butterflies and caterpillars are provided by Native Plants.

Some plants we offer/recommend

– Butterfly milkweed

– Baptista

– Cone Flower

– Fern

– Dwarf Sunflower

– Ditch Lilly

– Iris

– Liatris- Blazing Star

– Cardinal Flower

– Bee Balm

What is Diatomaceous Earth?

 

A Diatom is a one-celled plant, so tiny that it must be magnified thousands of times to be seen. Diatoms live in such quantities that they out-weigh the total of all land plants combined. Diatoms take the minerals out of water and build a protective shell. As they die, the shells drift to the bottom of the ocean or lake bed and form layers – some hundreds of feet thick – called Diatomaceous Earth (DE). DE is mainly silica, (Silicon Dioxide). Geologic changes have placed some of these deposits on dry land.

The tiny Diatom shells are not a food. They are not digested, but pass through the digestive tract. Everything DE does is either physical action or electrical action. The Diatom shell is a cylinder full of holes. The cylinders have a negative charge, and the holes are the right size to absorb positively-charged viruses and bacteria, hold them, and take them out of the body. Each shell can hold and neutralize many positive particles.

Mixed with feed or eaten free choice on a regular basis, the cylinders – by the millions – pass through the stomach and intestines, and can destroy parasites. This is a physical action, not a chemical action.

FOWL/POULTRY

Chickens are easy. They will do well if you provide a pan for them to dust in or eat free choice. Put DE in their favorite dusting spots, and they very obligingly throw it all over them selves without you having to do any work at all. However, the best way is to have your mill add 1/2 to 1% to a pellet. DE is safe to add to nests, too. If you are mixing DE into the feed yourself, please use 1/2 to 1% of the total weight of the dry ration. Feeding the proper amount of DE on a daily basis will afford the greatest benefit. Daily feeding allows your animals to receive the most nutrition possible from their feed without “sharing” nutrition with unwanted pests.

 

DOGS/CATS

Dogs and cats may balk at having DE sprinkled directly onto dry food. After a while, they will adjust, and often lick the bowl! To make life easier, add DE to wet food or table scraps, and mix thoroughly, then add in the kibble. Your dogs and cats will happily eat it up, and you will know they got the amount they need.

 

Cats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 1/2 – 1 teaspoon

Kittens . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . 1/4 – ½ teaspoon

Dogs 100 lbs. + . . . . . . . . . 2 Tablespoons

Dogs 50 to 100 lbs. . . . . . . 1 Tablespoon

Dogs Under 50 lbs. . . . . . . 2 teaspoons

Mini dogs . . . . . . . . .. . . . . 1/2 teaspoon

 

Japanese Beetles

7537749370_dc1853881d_o.jpgThey have taken over, honestly! These insects damage plants by consuming only the leaf material between the veins. Some bugs are ok, but these little buggers did very well this winter, because it didn’t get cold enough.

What next?

Try a trap that lures them into a bag with a Floral and Pheromone scent. The bugs swarm into the bag, then once it is full you can get replacement bags. I would recommend that for bigger areas where they are thick.

The other option is a spray, that kills the beetles. The Bonide brand is safe on vegetables, flowers, and ornamental trees and shrubs. This spray is used once the insects appear. Great product!

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