Nature’s

Rocky Hullette

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Since 1995, Mary Rigdon has been producing award-winning farmstead artisanal cheeses from Saanen goats on her land outside Atlanta, Georgia. Lovingly known as Farmer Mary, she started researching dairy goats and practicing making cheese with books from the library after a trip to England where she ate delicious cheese, milk and yogurt. Soon, she was making cheese for her family and buying land. What started as a 12.5-acre farm is now 40 acres and a thriving business that services some of the best markets and restaurants in the Atlanta area.

Farmer Mary took time out of her day with the goats to answer a few questions about her experience.

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What’s special about your goats?

They are a world-renowned Swiss breed called Saanen, known for their milk production and sweet disposition. The woman I purchased my first goats from was an excellent farmer. She had a healthy, accredited herd with great qualities. Recently, some folks from Saanen Valley in Switzerland came to Georgia and heard about our goats. They came for a tour and even wrote a feature about them to be distributed in their hometown!

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Pictured: Three new kids resting on Nature’s bedding, getting ready for a nap.

What’s the most rewarding part of your work?

The same things I found rewarding years ago are what I find fulfilling now. I love dairy farming – working each day to get a little bit more milk, a little straighter leg, or utilizing the land in the best fashion.

Part of the reason I started selling cheeses, rather than making cheese just for my family, was because so many people with allergies and digestion problems contacted me. We do our best to keep our cheese a pure product and many people find that goat’s milk is gentler on their digestive systems than cow’s milk.

I also love that people are using goat’s milk and goat products around the world. At the farm, we receive visitors from so many countries – most recently, from Venezuela and Bosnia. Goats are universal.

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Pictured: Two of Farmer Mary’s goats relaxing on a bed of Nature’s at a market.

Why do you choose Nature’s Bedding for your goats?

There’s a feed and supply store nearby that has been my go-to for over 25 years. Before I found Nature’s, the bales I bought from them were difficult to separate and use. One day, probably about 10 years ago, I went to another store and saw Nature’s. I gave it a try. I loved it so much that I asked my regular store to stock it. I’ve been using Nature’s ever since.

What I love about Nature’s is that it flakes easily and does a great job absorbing moisture. There are no heavy bales to separate. When my children want to help out, Nature’s chips are so manageable that they can spread them. And I like to stack the packs to create a playscape for our baby goats – they love jumping on and off them!

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Thank you Farmer Mary for sharing your experience and choosing Nature’s!

Brian Michaels

Nature’s offers environmentally friendly and cost effective products for your animals. Nature’s bedding products are made of 100% kiln-dried pine. Kiln-dried pine delivers superior absorption, a natural fresh scent, and makes our product the safest choice.

Features & Benefits

  • Superior absorbency
  • Natural fresh Pine scent
  • Easier clean-up and reduced amounts of waste
  • Dust free
  • Compostable and biodegradable
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Made in the USA

Nature’s bedding products are available in:
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Shavings are available in 8, 10 and 12 cubic foot bales; Mini-flakes are available in 4.5 cubic foot bales; and Pellets are available in 40# bags.

Visit www.naturesbywoodgrain.com to learn more.

“Since I first found Nature’s about four years ago, I just won’t use anything else!!! They break up so much easier than the other brands, they smell wonderful, and their lighter color makes the stalls look nicer.” -Heidi Olds; Hilsboro, Oregon

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Nature’s Horse Bedding proves to be successful against the competition.

Nature’s attended the Pomona Horse Expo this last weekend in Pomona, CA and had an amazing turnout.

Nature’s exhibited the bedding products of Pellets, Shavings and our new low dust Mini’s. As the only bedding exhibitor at the event there was a lot of traffic and interest in our absorption test which compares Nature’s products against many other products in the market. Over and over Nature’s comes out on top as more absorbent against the competition. Check it out for yourself at www.naturesbywoodgrain.com/bedding.

Nature’s Bedding products are made from 100% kiln-dried pine which allows for superior absorbency, elimination of urine odors and a naturally fresh pine scent. Nature’s is all natural with no fillers and no additives.

Check out what one of our customers said after visiting us this weekend at the Pomona Horse Expo:

“Nature’s mini flakes are in my opinion one of the best bedding options on the market for three reasons:
1. Absorbency – one of the best absorbency factors I’ve ever seen in any bedding;
2. Softness – when you walk into a stall bedded with mini flakes it is like walking on memory foam;
3. Price – these shavings don’t get thrown in with the manure because they fall from the rake, they don’t get thrown out because they’re too used, and they are excellent about being dried out.”

-Hannah Butler, Owner of two mares; Sierra and Sapphire

Below is our Mini’s horse bedding product:

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To learn more about Nature’s horse bedding products, visit our website at www.naturesbywoodgrain.com/bedding.

Phil Steklenski

Nature’s, headquartered in Prineville, Oregon, offers environmentally friendly and cost effective products for both your animals and your home. Nature’s is a brand of Woodgrain Millwork, a family owned and operated company and one of the largest millwork suppliers in the world with 60 years of industry excellence. All Nature’s products are created from the materials of saw dust, fine shavings, and trim materials used in the manufacturing process of our millwork products.

Nature’s products are the safest natural choice for your animal needs. Made from 100% pine, our product offering includes:

  • Horse bedding products:
    • Shavings
    • Mini flakes
    • Pellets
  • Small pet products (coming in 2014):
    • Cat litter
    • Critter litter

The kiln-dried process is a slow, even drying process that removes moisture without damaging the wood, allowing for superior absorbency and a healthier, smarter product. Our pine species acts as a natural deodorizer, providing odor control while emitting a long lasting, fresh cut pine scent. Woodgrain is a fully integrated forest products company that maintains exact standards over its raw materials ensuring the purest, highest quality product.

Additionally, Nature’s and Woodgrain Millwork are completely committed to the environment by optimizing the use of resources and producing products that are safe for our homes and the planet. The wood used by Woodgrain originates from sustainable resources and we operate in an environmentally conscious manner. All products are compostable, biodegradable and made in the USA.

Visit our website at naturesbywoodgrain.com to learn more about Nature’s products and read customer reviews.

Reed Dame

Woodgrain Millwork has more than 55 years of product innovation, quality service, and business growth. One of the largest millwork operations today, Woodgrain is proud to be a family owned and operated company. Woodgrain combines the integrity of our employees with the quality of our products and services.

We are Woodgrain. We are a family of companies.

Woodgrain’s family of companies includes:
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Woodgrain Millwork
Woodgrain Millwork is one of the world’s largest moulding and millwork manufacturer and supplier dedicated to delivering “best in class” services and products to all customers. International and domestic mills are strategically located worldwide, offering multiple options to secure product with shorter lead times and flexible delivery options. Woodgrain Millwork’s diverse product offering includes:

  • Mouldings
    • Lineal fingerjoint and solid moulding
    • Boards
    • Decorative moulding – DecraMold® and Block Shop®
    • Flexible moulding – Flexgrain
    • Prefinish moulding – Prefinish Ash
    • Finished moulding – Finished Elegance®
  • Door shop components – LifeTech® and LifePlast®
  • Window parts

Woodgrain Chile
Woodgrain Chile is a moulding and door manufacturer located in Los Angeles, Chile. Woodgrain Chile is focused on manufacturing with top-of-the-line technology and continuously strives to add value to their products. They are among the top producers of millwork in Los Angeles, Chile.

Woodgrain Distribution
Woodgrain Distribution is a logistics company dedicated to delivering customized solutions for the millwork product mix and service options customers need at the lowest total cost of ownership. Woodgrain Distribution’s product sourcing strategy incorporates our own international and domestic mills, as well as contractual relationships with suppliers worldwide.

Woodgrain Doors
Woodgrain Doors is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of hardwood and softwood stile and rail doors. Combining quality craftsmanship with the highest quality raw materials, our doors are as durable as they are beautiful. Made in an array of attractive designs, and offered in 11 wood species or factory primed, Woodgrain Doors is sure to have interior and exterior doors to complement any home.

Windsor Windows & Doors
At Windsor Windows & Doors, value is built into every product – one look at a Windsor window or door and you’ll recognize its superior construction. A unique solution is offered for nearly every application through three distinct product lines:

  • Pinnacle Wood
  • Legend Cellular PVC
  • Next Dimension Vinyl

Ashworth Doors
Ashworth Doors offers finely crafted patio and entry doors connecting your most cherished indoor and outdoor spaces. All doors have been carefully engineered for structural strength and thermal performance. Ashworth Doors offers a large selection of customizable features and finishes to suit every lifestyle. The following doors are available:

  • French Doors
  • Venting Sidelites Entry Doors
  • Sliding Patio Doors

Monarch Windows and Doors
Monarch Windows and Doors takes pride in every product we make. Our windows and exterior doors fit the needs for residential, commercial, and architectural applications. Monarch offers wood, aluminum clad, and cellular composite windows along with wood, aluminum clad, fiberglass hinged exterior doors, and clad sliding doors.

Nature’s
Nature’s offers environmentally friendly and cost effective products for both your animals and home. All products are created from materials of saw dust, fine shavings and trim materials used in the manufacturing process of our millwork products. Products include:

  • Fuel Pellets
  • Horse bedding: Shavings,  Mini Flakes and Pellets
  • Small animal bedding
  • Cat Litter

Visit our corporate website to learn more about Woodgrain’s family of companies.