Where do you buy?

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  1. evilbunny

    evilbunny Well-Known Member

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    Where do you buy your farm needs? Things like your feed, equipment, seeds, livestock etc.?

    Is there one place you just have to go and hang out at to see all the things you want to buy? I love the Menards and plant stands.
     
  2. travlnusa

    travlnusa Well-Known Member

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    For feed, I buy from the local feed elevator

    Fences, shovels, syringes, etc Fleet Farm (like TSC in IA, but bigger)

    Livestock from local farmers with closed herds.

    The most comes from auctions. I LOVE AUCTIONS.
     

  3. Ole Man Legrand

    Ole Man Legrand Well-Known Member

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    Southern States and Tractor Supply.
     
  4. sancraft

    sancraft Well-Known Member

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    My local feed and seed and TSC.
     
  5. Oilpatch197

    Oilpatch197 Well-Known Member

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    Tractor Supply Company
    Rual King <--great
    ACE hardware
    Southern Illinois Lumber Company
    FS
    George Smith Ag service
    the county livestock auction barn, first monday of ever month.
    Little Egypt auction
     
  6. Oilpatch197

    Oilpatch197 Well-Known Member

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    Eagle Supply company "if it's diffcult try us" mainly steel and Oilfield equitment.
     
  7. BamaSuzy

    BamaSuzy Well-Known Member

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    The Blount County Farmer's Co-operative (part of the Alabama Co-op system)
    Southern States.
    And for goat supplies, Hoegger, the place in Georgia via mail or ordering by Internet,
     
  8. AnnaS

    AnnaS Well-Known Member

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    Feed, loose mineral, kelp meal, trace mineral sand, and crop seed from Buckwheat Growers, the organic feed mill in town.

    Garden seed from all over- Shumway's, Seed Savers, Bakers Creek, Seeds Of Change, Pinetree, etc.

    LOVE :worship: Fleet Farm! I can just browse for hours. If I can't find it there, I'll order from NASCO or Hoegger's/Caprine Supply.

    There are 3 local hardware stores and I can go to any of them, say "I have to fix this. What do I need?" and they will set me up. I never had to use tools or fix things before so I need a lot of advice!

    Travlnusa is right- auctions are great! I use www.midwestauctions.com to pick out the good ones. You can do a keyword search on auction bills.

    Still need to find a good mechanic. I've been getting oil changes to check out the various places, and they've all tried to tell me my power steering fluid was low and my A/C compressor needed a new seal. My car came from the factory without power steering or AC. What's next, dirty blinker fluid? :no:
     
  9. Bigfinn

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    Evil one, you must travel to MN or WI to visit a Fleet Farm. Everything from seeds to tractor implements to clothes, plumbing,electrical,sporting goods, etc. A friend of mine said if Fleet Farm was open 24 hours a day and had a bar in it he would live there! :haha:
     
  10. RedneckWoman

    RedneckWoman Well-Known Member

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    Southern States and auctions.
     
  11. 3girls

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    I must drive 14-20 miles, one way, to get any kind of farm supplies. 25 miles to the nearest TSC.

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  12. Meg Z

    Meg Z winding down

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    I've got the local feed store fella for Nutrena feeds. He's about three miles from my house.

    I buy hay from a guy in the next county...straw, too.

    I get my grains from a place near my parents, two states away. I haul back 1000# a trip. No bulk places here, and it's a good excuse to check on the folks.

    There's a seed store here that's awesome, so I get a lot there. Some stuff I order through catalogs or on-line. Even seed packs from Wal-mart.

    A nursery about an hour north of me has the best prices on fruit trees, landscaping stuff and all that. We make a couple trips there each year.

    Meg