May 2019


With everyone busy in the fields or possibly still fixing equipment from last Fall, the atmosphere is a frenzy whatever the reason when the month of May arrives and the weather co-operates for planting.








If it Ever Quits Raining Long Enough       

Dutch Sets are available.

Spanish Onions are sold out   

Check out the Sweet Corn Seed in 245 gram quantities for the larger gardens

Yellow Beans in 245 gram

Green Beans in 245 gram

Peas in 245 gram

As a reminder again, do not forget, we have the seed display for early picking of garden and flower seeds too.


Fertilizer in stock :       


                      21-6-12 (Slow release Urea)



They claim 6-24-24 is a good choice for Spring fertilizer by having high Phosphorus and Potash since it is good to feed the roots rather than using too high of Nitrogen to make the roots work harder to grow and green up the blade of grass quickly.  As a result, the roots when they work too hard, become soft which is what grubs like to eat.

According to a lawn and garden nursery they said:

  • Nitrogen causes growth upwards
  • Phosphorus grows the roots sideways
  • Potash give strength for the roots to grow downwards.






Alfalfa #1                                5kg or 25kg

Alfalfa 70/Timothy 30 Coated           25 kg

Timothy Common #1              5 kg or 25 kg

Double Cut Red Clover          5 kg or 25 kg

White Clover                           5 kg or 25 kg

Permanent Pasture Mix           8 kg or 25 kg

Horse Pasture Mix                  8 kg or 25 kg

Sheep & Goat Pasture Mix     25 kg

     If you have other mixtures you would prefer for planting, please contact us and we can arrange to have it delivered.  During the Spring, Speare Seeds is in the area about every 1.5 to 2 weeks depending on the demand.








Want to Buy

  - One Male Goat (Neubian Breed) the age of 6 months to 1 year old.   Contact John - 519-784-0340






Feed Products

        to Help Maintain Health

Kid/Lamb Colostrum

For Goats          

16% Just Kidding (Dry Dairy Goat Ration Pellet

20% Kid Goat Starter Ration (0% ECP) Pellet

17% Goat Developer

15% Billy Goat Gro-Finisher Ration Pellet

Dairy Goat Mineral

For Sheep 

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
  • Colostrum,  Milk Replacer for kids and/or lambs
  • Bottles and nipples, Feeding pails
  • All Flex tags (not the government tags)
  • Castrator Rings and/or applicator
  • Goat feeding trough
  • Ritchie insulated, non-electric waterer

Wool Growers

If you are in need of the Government Sheep tags, contact:   Ontario Sheep Farmers

                        130 Malcolm Road, Guelph

                        Ontario N1K 1B1

                        Telephone:  519-836-0043

                        Fax: 519-836-2531





Rich's Remarks

     Ontario Pork’s report on April 29, 2019 states that the 100% formula price was $203.88 ckg DW.  This is up $33.03 since last month’s newsletter.   This is up $78 in two months.  The CME price was $83.72 which is up $13.24 from last month’s newsletter. 

     For pigs placed in October, OMAFRA’s Ontario Market Hog Price Trend Sheet for April 29, 2019 is predicting a 100-index price of $231.61/cwt for when they go to market.  This is up $2.30/cwt from the number I showed in last month’s newsletter. 

     Hopefully by the time you are reading this Mother Nature has cheered up and has given us some better weather.  With warmer weather on the way and planting about to begin, don’t forget to check you 2nd and 3rd stage fans that have not run for a few months.  For those of you with weighted air inlets, don’t forget to unscrew the ones you have screwed shut.  For those of you with actuators, make sure the arms are moving freely and don’t forget to calibrate them. 

     For those of you feeding medicated feeds, we are getting close to the 6 month renewal of most of the scripts.  If you would like to make changes, please get a hold of your vet, Carl or myself so we can get these done for you without any hiccups. 


Upcoming Events    

·         World Pork Expo – Des Moines – CANCELLED

·         University of Guelph Research Day – May 9, 2019

·         Ontario Pork Congress – Stratford – June 20 and 21, 2019

·         Kent County Pork Producer’s Golf Tournament – Country View – August 7, 2019







Time to Celebrate!

McBrayne Feed and Supply Ltd

                 is in its 65th year. 

Gordon McBrayne initially worked in Wallaceburg at St. Clair Grain for 4 years. In 1948 he moved to the Dresden branch on Water Street.   He stayed with Dresden's St Clair Grain another 4 years chopping and running the sheller for corn which was the same jobs he did at Wallaceburg for .30 cents/hour.

Eventually the Dresden Farmers Club known also as the Dresden Co-operative advertised for a Manager's position and Gord got the job. 

During much planning, Gord had another plan. He eventually purchased the Dresden Farmers Club and started to be build a Mill in the Spring of 1954. Business started for

McBrayne Feed in the Fall.

Gord McBrayne continues to see the Mill in its 65th year but unfortunately his wife, Elma, passed away January 2019.

       (Keep posted - more information and excitement to follow)









 CARL'S CORNER              


     In late April the Dairy Farmers of Ontario released a 60- second clip promoting the industry shot at the dairy farm of Kevin and Melissa Forbes and children near Sarnia.  It is an excellent depiction of the pride which they have in their family and farm which so many of you can personally relate to.  This is the message which society needs to be made aware of now more than ever, with so many people being several generations removed from the family farm even in rural communities.

     I highly recommend that you go to the Dairy Farmers of Ontario website and click onto "Dairy Done Right" to view their story.  Pass it on to your friends and family to generate even more awareness among the general public of the good news stories that are quietly happening on our farms every day as our farmers strive to feed an increasingly naive public who do not realize where their food comes from.

     On the mycotoxin front these are the vomotixin levels we have seen from the 600 truckloads of corn and 200 loads of distillers which have been received in St. Marys at our mill since last Fall.  Although 46% of the corn has tested greater than 2.6 ppm the average unloaded is only 2.54 ppm.  On the other hand, the average distillers level is almost 5 times that of the corn: 12.2 ppm from 5 different sources.  For that reason, we have had to reduce inclusions of this popular ingredient in many of our feed products once we became aware of the disproportionately high toxin load in the 2018 distillers grains.

     Distillers prices have remained strong in spite of the toxin levels because of high demand overseas.

     The price of soymeal has remained flat this past month although daily fluctuations driven by speculation impacts the price to an extent.


Shur Gain Specials         Image result for laughter images

         Save $2.00 per Bag

  • ProStart Dairy Ration

  • Shur Step Heifer Premix Medicated                

                                       (10 bag Minimum)


  • Equiline Extruded Broodmare & Yearling

  • Equiline Extruded High Performance


  • 20% Kid Goat Starter Ration Plain or VPM

  • 17 Kid Goat Developer Ration Pellet

  • 16% Lamb Starter Ration Pellet Medicated or Non-Medicated.


      Spring is upon us at last.  Inevitably because of the increased busyness associated with the planting season, injuries are more common.  Be careful to think and work safely to avoid the risk of getting hurt.  It takes less time to avoid an injury than to recover from one.  Have a safe productive month as you complete your fieldwork.






Booster for Chicks 

Last year, we had available a Poly Tonine Booster for chicks that contained vitamins, electrolytes and a bit of antibiotic (Penicillan and Streptomycin). 

Effective December 1, 2018 we are now unable like other  Farm Businesses to sell over the counter any antibiotics    You can now only purchase antibiotics by way of a Vet and Vet Script. 

We do have Poly-tonine complex with vitamins and electrolytes that you dissolve in the drinking water but there is no antibiotic in it.




As a Reminder for Chick Days:


            Next Delivery of Birds is May 21, 2019


Future orders can be made as follows:

Order By:      

                  May 6                             June 11

                  May 27                           July 2

                  July 2                              August 6

                  August 6                     September 10

Ready-to-Lay Birds 

Order by:  May 21             Delivery:  July 2

                 August 1                     September 10


Victoria Weekend


McBrayne Feed will be closed Monday, May 20th for Victoria Day weekend.



(Fireworks available for Retail May 10, 2019)






  • Back Pack Sprayer  - $99.99

                (4-Gallon Pro Series)

  • 32 oz Awesome Window Cleaner  $1.99

  • 12 Ft Galvanized Tubular Gate  $149.99

  • 2-Gallon Sure-Spray Select Sprayer  $29.99                                                                




Bloopers in Church Bulletins

Comical as it may seem when you read through the lines, we are sure the author meant differently.

  • The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
  • The sermon this morning: Jesus Walks on the Water.  The sermon tonight:  Searching for Jesus.
  • Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale.  It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house.  Bring your husbands.
  • Don't let worry kill you off  -  let the Church help.
  • Miss Charlene Mason sang "I will not pass this way again," giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
  • For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
  • Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir.  They need all the help they can get.
  • Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church.  So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
  • A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall.  Music will follow.
  • At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What Is Hell?"  Come early and listen to our choir practice.
  • Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
  • Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled.  Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
  • The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
  • Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM  -  prayer and medication to follow. 
  • The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind.  They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
  • This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church.  Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
  • Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM.  All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. is done.
  • Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM.  Please use the back door.
  • The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespear's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM.  The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
  • Weight Watchers will meet at 7PM at the First Presbyterian Church.  Please use the large double door at the side entrance.
  • The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday:  " Upped My Pledge  - Up Yours." 


As you can see, placement of nouns, thoughts, verbs, prepositions and also spelling errors, can definitely change the thought being written unintentionally.