JANUARY " 2018
How many of you remember the worry and the frenzy about the
Y2K or the year 2000 when it was to arrive on New Year's. Most importantly, can anyone believe it was
18 years ago now. Where has the time
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year
in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”
— Bill Vaughn,
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for
— Albert Einstein,
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it
— Oprah Winfrey,
American Media Proprietor
It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to
live in the future, and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away
as one minute ago.”
— Jim Bishop,
American Journalist & Author
The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the
— Michael Altshuler,
Speaker & Trainer
May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s
— Joey Adams,
This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
— William Arthur Ward,
American Writer & Author
animal nutrition business world wide is Trouw Nutrition. The decision has been made to align our
Canadian feed business with this global branding strategy as of January
2018. The name change from Nutreco
Canada Inc to Trouw Nutrition Canada Inc will necessitate rebranding all of our
documents, product sheets, bags, displays, trucks, and mills beginning now, and
continuing throughout the year. Soon you
will see Trouw Nutrition, a Nutreco company with the Shur Gain Logo beneath it
on all of our material and equipment.
The featured feed
products this month are the 16% Lamb Starter and the 20% Kid Goat Starter. This ties in well with the lambing and
As I mentioned
last month, a fire in a German BASF plant in late October has led to a global
shortage of Vitamins A and E that may last well into the first half of
2018. The immediate result is that we
have already seen dramatic price increases in these two vitamins as companies
attempt to secure their requirements. I
can elaborate on the situation with you when I am on farm should you wish!
protein value in our Fall harvested soybean crop has been lower than most
years, it naturally follows that the levels have also dropped in soymeal. The December average of all loads received at
the St. Marys mill have dropped from the standard 48% to 46.5% This should be born in mind if you are using
soymeal as your protein source on farm.
I compared the
value of corn and soymeal at year end 2017 versus 2016 for interest's sake and
found that corn has decreased $10/tonne and soymeal by $40/tonne. The futures market implies that corn will
remain flat and soymeal will increase by $5 over the next three months. Presently the by-product market is overpriced
as it normally is at this time of year.
Feed Products to Help Maintain
17% Goat Developer
20% Kid Goat Starter Ration
(0% ECP) Pellet
16% Just Kidding (Dry
Dairy Goat Ration Pellet
15% Billy Goat
Gro-Finisher Ration Pellet
Dairy Goat Mineral
16% Lamb Starter
Ration with Bovatec .66% ECP
16% Lamb Starter
Ration (No Bovatec)
35% Sheep Supplement
(200) (3.3% ECP)
Premium Sheep Mineral
Other Helpful Products
- Syringes and needles
- Tasvax 8 , E-Sel
Milk Replacer for kids and/or lambs
- Bottles and nipples, Feeding pails
- All Flex tags (not the gov''t tags)
- Castrator Rings and/or applicator
- Goat feeding trough
- Ritchie insulated, non-electric waterer
Cattle squeeze/headgate in working condition.
Call Jeff @519-809-9400
Small square bales of 2017 straw stored inside.
Call Peter @ 519-437-2357
report on Dec 29, 2017 states that the 100% formula price was $61.48 /cwt. This is up $1.40 since last month’s
newsletter. Next summer’s Lean Hog
Futures are ranging $83.475 to $84.20.
This should mean we are going to have another good year in the swine
For pigs placed
in November, OMAFRA’s Ontario Market Hog Price Trend Sheet for October 26, 2017
is predicting a 100 index price of $167.98/cwt for when they go to market. This is up $23.67/cwt from the number I
showed in my October Report.
As many of you
know, there was a BASF Plant burn in Germany in November. This plant supplies products to make up 45%
of the world Vitamin A and E requirements.
This is going to cause a shortage in Vitamin A and E and as a result
prices on both of these vitamins are jumping dramatically. This is obviously going to affect your
complete feed, premix and supplement prices.
Carl and I will try to keep you up to date as much as we can.
PRRS breaks are
occurring again in Ontario. I just wanted to remind you to keep up on
your biosecurity protocols.
Seminar – January 9 – 11, 2018
Lambton and Essex Annual Meeting – RCAT
Wilson Hall – Jan. 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Pork Conference – February 21, 2018
AGM – March 21 & 22, 2018
Conference – March 27 & 28, 2018
"Shur Gain" SPECIALS for
$2.00 off per bag during
16% Lamb Starter Ration Medicated
Non-Medicated Lamb Starter Ration
18% Lamb Creep
20% Kid Goat Starter VPM
Equiline Fat N'Fibre Pellet
Every once and a while we hear about layer chickens not laying eggs. After talking to Robert at Bonnie's Chick Hatchery, here are a few suggestions to consider.
- If grown from chicks, it takes 19 weeks before ISA Brown Hybrid will lay eggs if all conditions are good. Some other breeds may take longer.
- Is most important! Minimally they need 15 to 16 hours of light. If natural light is not available, artificial light must be used. (Problem in the Fall, the bird may only get 10 hours of light during the day because of the shorter days. Needed is another 4 to 6 hours of artificial light. Whey they are young and close to 19 weeks, gradually be aware of the light needed. Be sure they have 12 hours, then 13 hours etc until 15 to 16 hours are available for the layer. Too must light will cause pecking with one another. They get irritable and need a time away from the light to allow them to rest.
Provide fresh water daily. They will drink more water if the temperature is not too cold. The Hen needs lots of water to successfully produce eggs every day.
If grown from chicks, they will have had Chick Starter for 4 to 6 weeks, Grower Crumb until 17 to 18 weeks then you begin Layer feed. Do not supplement with other grains or vegetable scraps as it will only lower the protein and the vitamin balance set up by a Nutritionist to help the bird produce eggs at an optimal level.
Provide an area to lay their eggs. Some birds will lay their eggs on the floor, pick them up, promptly. Possibly use artificial eggs to show the birds where they are to nest.
Cold weather will slow down the egg production. When it is cold for a length of time, the bird is using the extra protein and fat in the feed to keep warm themselves rather than producing eggs. You may have to add extra heat. For sure, the extra heat will help prevent the problem of water freezing.
According to the Hatchery, the birds may go into a moult and stop egg production after about one year. At this time, their bodies are needing a rest therefore cut back the light, and drop back to Grower Crumb for about a month or two. To bring them back out of their moulting stage, start feeding Layer feed and gradually increase the light to eventually reach 16 hours. Eventually they should start laying eggs but maybe not at a 100%
Starting the New Year
There are two ways to look
at life. Let's look at it in a positive
way by looking at a glass of water and thinking "How much is left in the
glass?" instead of
"How much is gone."
With it being a new year,
instead of thinking you grow older each Year think of yourself as growing more
Valuable and Richer?
Silver in the Hair
Gold in the Teeth
in the Kidneys
Sugar in the Blood
Lead in the Ass
Iron in the Arteries
exhaustible supply of Natural Gas!
Ice Salt Comparisons
Sifto Ice Salt and/or
- effective to -15 C
- Asphalt Concrete Damage - Minimal to Moderate
- Best for Home Owners, Contractors
- Benefits - Inexpensive
- Precaution - Can damage asphalt concrete, brick, stone,
metal, grass, plants and wood decks.
Don't Use on concrete less that 1 year old.
Calcium Chloride Flake
- effective to -32 C
- Asphalt Concrete Damage -Minimal to Moderate
- Best for Quick Response, Home Owners
- Benefit - Fast Acting - more effective than Sodium Chloride
- Precaution - Can damage grass and plants when over
Sifto Magnesium Chloride Flakes
- Effective to -25 C
- Asphalt Concrete Damage - Moderate to Significant
- Best for: Quick Response, Homeowners, Pet Owners
- Benefits - Environmentally friendly, Safer around Pets
Fast Acting, More Effective than Sodium
-Precaution - Can damage grass and plants when over applied
- effective to - 4 C
- Aspahlt Concrete Damage - Negligible
- Best for Environmentally Conscious Homeowners
- Benefits - Environmentally Friendly
Minimal Lawn Damage
- Precaution - Slow/Low Melt Rate
Can damage grass and plants when over applied.
Winter has Come!
And Old Man Winter brought us lots of snow, especially to the South of the Great Lakes.
Are you in need of Winter coveralls this year? In stock, we have the insulated, navy coverall in Regular and Tall sizes. Also, we have the long-sleeved, Unlined coverall in Navy or Tan in Regular and Tall sizes. We do have a few coveralls in the Short sizing in both Insulated and Unlined coveralls but will be getting more in stock. Give us a call early if you want to check for a specific size before it does get too cold.
If you are in need of Winter Boots, we have insulated Baffin boots that are CSA approved or a boot style that is not CSA
Don't forget we do have the Bekina Boots that are insulated according to your body temperature as the heat from your body is stored in the material of the boot for Winter protection from the cold. Works similar to a wet suit in diving. Both CSA and Regular styles available.
CSA Work Shoes
(CSA with Kevlar - no metal in Royer shoes) Style # 3320
Style # 8420
Style # 8620
Bumper Toe - Style 9969IB
Non Bumper toe - Style 6969IB
Wildsider 18935 - Discontinued by Terra
As a reminder, Terra has moved their production overseas but continue to have a warehouse in Canada.
We have a few sizes left of the Discontinued shoe 18935 but we do know, some are already sold out from the Terra Warehouse. Possibly if you need a given size, another store may have it in their inventory.
Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency
Do not forget, we have a display case
containing - "The
Monthly Messenger" sent to us "FREE for the Taking" by the
Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency. It
includes many interesting facts about the sheep industry.