Time to Celebrate!
Feed and Supply Ltd
its 65th year.
TIME TO CELEBRATE
Since 1996, McBrayne's noticed an increase
in specialty feeds with backyard livestock for the owner's use. Livestock such as horses, sheep, goats,
chickens, pigeons, rabbits have shown a dramatic increase compared to the feed
traffic in the earlier years. Bulk feeds
and deliveries continued for the larger livestock operations for swine, beef,
and dairy. Carl MacLean was "The
Man for the Job" as he was well versed in many areas of the feed business.
Morlock an Agronomist was hired in the Fall of 1998 to begin scouting fields and
promoting chemical sales, Carl MacLean continued to be the salesman for the
Feed Side with the exception of helping in the Spring for the 4 week
In 1999, the Casino was built.
(Last day in Dresden was
July 14, 2019)
comes to Dresden
in the Spring of 2000 across from the McBrayne business.
trade had increased and possibly because of:
People knew we had more
products to offer in the store,
We hope it was the fact
that Good Service was offered.
Tim Horton being a silent
ally advertising our business as customers picked up their coffee by way
of the drive-thru or just noticing the business as they ate their lunch
inside Tim Horton's.
Spring of 2000, another addition occurred to
the retail building that housed the offices.
It was decided to build to the front of the building and add 5 new
offices with a basement below for small group meetings. This allowed more room for retail when the
old offices were ripped out within the
store and the retail area was re-organized for better expansion of products.
not because of the Y2K scare or the Year
2000 that we began planning Sheep
and Goat Meetings at the Dresden Arena but we could see a true thirst for knowledge
as to how to raise them. Meeting was
held usually in November and the meetings did prove to be beneficial to
everyone as it did make it easier to bring future producers to the forefront
that may have been thinking about starting to feed goats and sheep in this
area. Producers presently in the business,
I'm sure learned other feeding guidelines from other producers as well as, from
Shur Gain's Ruminant Specialist..
Speaker was the Ruminant Nutritionist, Brian Tarr from the St. Mary's Shur Gain
office plus 1 or 2 other speakers would add to the program such as a veterinarian,
local farmers with larger operations, abattoir owners, member from Sheet
Growers etc. Eventually as years passed by, we had scheduled a couple barnyard
visits offered by farmers raising sheep and goats. Excellent opportunity for those wanting to
view other set-ups and ask questions while on the farm.
In 2003, one third of the yard was
paved to make it neater for the retail traffic and also, make it less dusty
from the cars and trucks.
Shur Gain Mill in Highgate closed January 9, 2004. Therefore more wear and tare on trucks
picking feed up from St. Marys. As a
result, another truck was purchased and another driver helped with the extra
September 2004, McBrayne Feed and Supply
celebrated 50 years in business. Door
Prizes, small Petting Zoo, Pet Photo
contest plus a BBQ of Hotdogs, Hamburgs, Pop and/or Water and a huge birthday
cake all added excitement to celebrate the day.
in the Fall of 2012
- Bulk Feed was sold off and the manufacture of
mixed feeds plain or medicated in pelleted or mash form would be delivered
direct from Shur Gain/Nutreco to the livestock customer.
At this time, Carl MacLean began employment with
Nutreco/Shur Gain to continue doing sales calls for the large feedlots.
Carl continues to work closely with McBrayne's
explaining feed changes as well as, orders are emailed to St Marys for delivery
by Nutreco/Shur Gain.
With the direct deliveries coming from St. Marys,
McBrayne's it was decided to sell off a couple of their feed trucks for the
reason, they would not be needing them.
Remaining at McBrayne Feed was a truck to continue
local deliveries and pickups for Mill's orders of Soyameal, Whole Corn, Cracked
Corn, Scratch Grain, Oats, Rolled Oats, Wheat, Barley and other grain requests
ordered as Bulk.
We continued to offer bag deliveries every other week
by a Van trailer for the areas of Chatham-Kent versus Lambton County.
Specialty Feeds that Expanded
Over the Years
Pigeon Feed was requested by various owners that
belonged to Pigeon Clubs. The birds
may be in competition for:
* Judging Physical Appearance * Racing
* Rolling Performance in the air * Meat
As a result
of their particular request, we purchased
another Mill that specialized in this area.
Equine business gradually grew and Shur Gain increased
their Equiline Product Line to help feed the needs of horses in a nearby
Race Track, Saddle Clubs, Show Horses, Barrel Racers, Equestrian Riders,
Parade Horses plus horse owners that just enjoyed a leisurely trail ride
with their horse.
Feeding rabbits for food consumption also
increased in the sale of feed.
Chickens really increased from 1996 to 2019. The Mill for example in 1996 sold 300 to
500 chicks for one delivery and it eventually was expanded to 7 deliveries
between the months of April to September with May usually having two
deliveries. The choices were for not only chicks but ducks, and turkeys. The Hatchery eventually planned three
dates offering Ready-to-Lay birds.
Over the years, the RTL birds have really increased in numbers Poultry numbers overall for the last few
years for all poultry counted have had quantities in the vicinity of 12,000
Organic Feed available upon request. It is
manufactured at an Organic Mill. If
needed, customer orders at least by the middle of the month and it is
delivered to our Mill about the middle of the next month.
Fish Food has increased dramatically in the last year.
On staff as of October 2019
Lloyd Elgie ((part-time)
Austin Lenover (Part-time Student)
Look Forward to Seeing You at the
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.