Is it time to plant is the question? With the type of weather we have had, it does
make you wonder.
The weather is like riding a roller coaster up and down its rails
wondering when the dip will be.
Order today if you know what you want for delivery July 3. Bonnie's Chick Hatchery has shown May 22 as
their cut-off date. After that date if
not before, it is first come, first serve line-up for availability when they
are running short of birds.
Next delivery of birds will be May 22, 2018
Get your orders in early, at least by the time the Hatchery
requests the order because they set-up their incubators shortly after during
the following week.
Order By: For
April 16 May 22
Ready-to-Lay delivery is July 3 and September 11.
Order as soon as possible because they do sell out quickly.
- Kennebec, Red Chieftain, Yukon Gold
In the 245 gram packages we have Peas, Green Beans and Yellow Beans.
In Sweet Corn Seed
- Peaches & Cream, Bodacious, Big Jim and Kandy Korn.
Onions - Spanish
Onions sold out. We do have
Yellow Onions (Dutch Sets).
AND do not forget, we do have the Seed Stand with a multiply amount of seeds to choose from in
Every Spring I take the
opportunity to remind people to think and work safely when you are so very
busy. Spring and Fall are invariably the
most dangerous seasons in the farm calendar due to the increased activity on
every farm. Our health is a blessing
that we too often take for granted until we take sick or get injured. Lets' bear that in mind as we consider taking
an unsafe action which could cause you or a loved one to get hurt when you add
all your fieldwork to your routine duties.
The May feed specials have been designed
to appeal to small ruminant producers specifically. They are timely to those whose lambing takes
place in the Spring. As a reminder the
$2 per bag discount also applies to bulk feeds too. The Spring Edition of the Shur Gain
Glance" dairy magazine will soon be arriving in the mail boxes of all
of our dairymen.
Some of you may already be aware of the #HandsOffMyPlate hashtag, it has been
circling around social media(SM) over the last few days. The hash-tag is
a grassroots movement started in Middlesex county by a group of farm
organizations to help raise awareness of the proposed changes to the Canadian
Food Guide, and the front of package labelling.
If you are unaware of what is going on,
has proposed changes to the food guide. There are two main areas that are
concerning. The first is Health Canada's proposed Guiding
Principles, with respect to statements that encourage Canadians to consume less
red meat, including beef, pork, lamb and goat, as well as avoid products like
cheese, cream and butter in favour of nuts, seeds and avocado. to be
imported to meet demand.
Further, the Guiding Principles state that
a decrease consumption of all animal products will have a positive
environmental impact – and suggesting that consumers rely heavily on products,
such as avocado, that would have
to be imported to meet demand.
The second concern is the front of package
warning labels (FOPL). They would have items like cheese, yogurt and
chocolate milk with a warning label due to health concerns and products like
Diet soda, Kraft dinner, cookies and chips free from these labels. These
are the same type of labels on tobacco items.
I have included a couple links to
help better explain what is going on, as well as the link to the proposed
changes to the food guide and the front of package labeling.
Hands Off My
The strong commodity prices are not as exciting
to livestock producers as they are to our cash croppers, obviously feed prices
are a direct reflection of the current grain prices. Soymeal most often exhibits the most
volatility. During the past month it has
increased $37/tonne. Corn distillers are
still over-priced currently selling for $90/tonne or 150% of the price of corn
How can you help?
organizing committee is looking for is support to help raise awareness, if you
are active on Social Media, or have customers or prospects that are they are
asking that you Tweet, Facebook, Instagram and snap chat your politicians using
the hashtag #HandsOffMyPlate. The organizers are looking to drive
momentum from the grassroots level. Currently, Health Canada isn’t
commenting on anything, or talking to anyone in any business, group or
organization that has a vested interest in the Food and Beverage
people with organizations that lobby the provincial and federal governments
(ie. DFO, DFC, GFO, BFO, OPC, CCMA, CFO, EFO) etc. can’t show bias towards one
political party or another because the politicians think they are picking
sides, they have to stay at an arm’s length from a movement like this to
preserve funding and relationships with sitting MP’s and MPP’s. It’s also
difficult for companies to get involved. However, if there is enough heat
around a subject like this (especially in an election year) the movement will
garner more publicity and awareness. The end goal is to get some exposure
on a national
media level, to get
Health Canada to listen the
people who’s lively hoods will be impacted by the proposed changes, and to try
and influence Health Canada
to use research and science to make these changes to the food guide, rather
than influence from special interest groups.
So, anything that anyone can do to help
push the movement forward is would be greatly appreciated. We all have an
interest in this, it is going to affect our industry going forward, let’s do
what we can to help shape the
of food policy and agriculture.
Feed Products to Help Maintain Health
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
Colostrum, 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
Ontario Pork’s report on April 26, 2018 states that the 100%
formula price was $142.78/cwt. This is up
$4.28 since last month’s newsletter. The
CME price was $61.50, which is up $2.01 from last month’s newsletter. This summer’s Lean Hog Futures are ranging
$74.00 to $77.78. This is basically
steady from last month and means a 100% formula price around $180/cwt
For pigs placed in March, OMAFRA’s Ontario Market Hog Price
Trend Sheet for March 22, 2018 is predicting a 100 index price of $168.83 77.96/cwt
for when they go to market. This is down
$11.13/cwt from the number I showed in my April Report. This is mainly due to a significant drop in
the September and October projected prices
I put this in last month’s newsletter but want to make sure
it was seen.
International Plowing Match is going to be held in Pain Court from September 18 – 22, 2018. The Ontario Pork Pig Mobile has been updated
and will be at the event. They are going
to be looking for local volunteers to help staff the display over the 4-day
period. If you are interested in
helping, please contact Ontario Pork.
Merck Animal Health’s Porcillis Ileits Vaccine is now
available again in the 500 mL bottles.
Check with you Veterinarian for supplies.
"Shur Gain" SPECIALS for
$2.00 off per bag during May
Extruded Broodmare & Yearling
Extruded High Performance
Just Kidding Dairy Goat Ration
Kid Goat Starter Ration
Kid Goat Developer Ration Pellet
Lamb Starter Ration Pellet
(2 MT minimum order)
Medicated or Non-Medicated.
Congress – June 20 & 21, 2018
County Pork Producer’s Golf Tournament – August 1, 2018
Plowing Match – Sept 18 – 22, 2018
Heavy ash cattle chute - Poster in
office and on McBrayne Feed & Supply Facebook. Asking $800.
Also, McKee corn-hog grinder
Call Alan @ 519-359-5767
Day old French Jumbo Guinea Keets.
for Controlling Ticks, Spiders, Flies and other insects. Call Ron @ 519-490-1442 or 519-466-1442
- Large Square bales (3 x 3 x 6) of 1st and 2nd cut hay. Call Adam @ 519-384-8235
Sun & Shade
Alfalfa #1 5kg
Alfalfa 70/Timothy 30 Coated 25
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
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.
McBrayne Feed & Supply
for Holiday Weekend
Saturday - May 19 8 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Monday May 20 and 21
22 8 a.m. to 5:00 pm