Feed Stores Offer Livestock Feed to Farm Animals

Feed stores offer livestock feed to farm animals. When you spend too much time at the feed store its easy to purchase more animals along with your livestock feed.

| September/October 2006

Feed stores offer livestock feed to farm animals. Welcome to the small-town feed store — retail the way it used to be. 

Española, New Mexico — You have to be careful when you walk in to the Country Farm Supply feed store on the main street here. Maybe you only stopped by for a bag of hen scratch — but you could end up going home with a donkey. Or maybe several African geese, a handful of guinea hens, a billy goat, some fancy turkeys, a llama . . . and a donkey.

These things can get out of hand. Feed stores offer livestock feed to farm animals. When you spend too much time at the feed store, animals just sort of happen, much like the proverbial poop (which we’ll get to later).

Take, for instance, Arturo Medina, who drove 20 minutes down from Chimayó to the Country Farm Supply feed store here on a balmy May morning for an $18 Sweetlix block to keep his donkeys from bloating on the new spring grass.

He leaned against the counter — the glass countertop is the perfect height for leaning and chatting — and popped the question. "Anyone want to buy a donkey?"

Hay prices in the Southwest are through the roof, so Arturo, who loves his donkeys and even sings his grandma’s old Spanish songs to them, has decided to sell a few. Several people jot down his phone number before heading home — at $150 for a 6-month-old donkey, it’s a good price.

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