July 2019



Hope everyone had a "Happy Canada Day"








Do you need Sun Protection?


Come in and check out our straw hat selection.

In addition, when the days become hot and sultry, we have Short-Sleeved, Polyester/Cotton coveralls in the colours of tan or navy and in Regular and Tall sizes.





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






Ontario Pork’s report on June 28, 2019 states that the 100% formula price was $181.96 ckg DW.  This is down $18.83 since last month’s newsletter.  The CME price was $76.75 which is down $5.45 from last month’s newsletter. 

     For pigs placed in July, OMAFRA’s Ontario Market Hog Price Trend Sheet for June 28, 2019 is predicting a 100-index price of $175.85/cwt for when they go to market.  This is down $55.78/cwt from the number I showed in last month’s newsletter. 

     As most of you have probably heard, China banned imports of all Canadian meats.  From what I have read and heard, this is because they found Ractopamine in some meat products and they are accusing the CFIA of forging documents.  This is likely to take some time to get figured out.  My thinking is Conestoga members will likely be hit harder by this decision than other producers.  Conestoga members are based of the cutout prices they receive while the other plants pay based of the US CME price.  The US will likely be the ones that benefit from Canada not being able to ship this meat.

      Mother Nature had an effect on the number of attendees at this year’s Pork Congress.  There was more exhibitors than in previous years and it was good to see those of you who were able to attend.


Upcoming Events    


·         OPIC Health and Safety Seminar – Watford – July 10, 2019

·         OPIC Health and Safety Seminar – Listowel – July 17, 2019

·         OPIC Golf Tournament – St. Marys – July 17, 2019

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

·         Perth County Pork Producer’s Golf Tournament – Mitchell – August 14, 2019





Time to Celebrate!

McBrayne Feed and Supply Ltd

                 is in its 65th year. 

McBrayne Feed and Supply Ltd is in its 65th year. 

(Third Segment of the Company's beginning)


Continued from May/June

Gord's brother Keith helped in the mill business and became a shareholder as well.  Mill operations, as well as, receiving and shipping pigs to Toronto continued.  Line-ups from the mill yard and into the street, farmers patiently waited their turn to have their grain milled or chopped for feed.

A large marketable product for the time was the retail of cedar fence posts.  At peak time, they would sell   2-3 large truckloads a week.  Posts were purchased from a business in Tobermory and the wire fencing was shipped in from Hamilton by Finley Transport.  Occasionally, Gord would take a truck to Tobermory on the weekend to meet the demands of the business.  Later the fence posts were purchased from Quebec.

As the sons, Allen and Bill got older, they did jobs within the business part-time when they were not at school.  Gord's wife, Elma, remembers feeding men when it was really busy and also, boarding a few persons that may have worked at the mill or within the town.

The original office building still stands today but has been moved to the South of its original location.  At one time, it sat in the middle of the yard.  Vehicles would go in on one side of the building and then drive out the other side.  It is now used as a warehouse to store fly sprays, clothing, footwear, animal health products.

Allen left to obtain an 2-year Agriculture Diploma at the University of Guelph.  He then returned to help his Dad with the business.  A few years later, Bill received an Agriculture Lab Diploma at Ridgetown College.  He too returned to the business to help his Dad.

Business prospered but you could see changes were happening.

  • Financially, farms were growing.  As family farms were sold, bigger conglomerates were expanding.  In order to compete, the farms had to grow.
  • Mixed farming was starting to change to strictly all crops with no livestock.
  • At that time, specialty farming was starting to emerge stronger such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, sweet corn.
  • Wives were starting to work outside of the home more all the time rather than on the farm with their husbands.
  • Size of machinery changed on the farms to accommodate for the increased land purchased.
  • Pressure for faster service at local mills caused added stress to equipment.
  • Government restrictions and licences continued to increase.
  • Farms started to store, dry and grind their own grain. 

Over the years, in order to succeed, McBraynes could see a need to expand and change as well.




 CARL'S CORNER              


Carl's Corner

On June 3rd, I experienced a slight weakness in my right leg which was diagnosed as a stroke when I went to the hospital 4 days later.  As a result, I spent 5 days there where I was well looked after by the capable staff of doctors, nurses and technicians.  I am very fortunate that it was not more serious but an event such as this or a heart attack automatically results in the suspension of one's license.  As a consequence I have been working from home on my laptop and cell phone with the exception of the odd day that I have travelled with a couple of Shur Gain personnel.  Because I have holidays scheduled for mid July, it will be the latter half of July before many of you see me back on farm.  If you do not get a response from your text or phone call to me, please contact McBrayne's to place your order or ask your questions; otherwise your livestock may be wondering where their feed is.

     I included some comments about the impact of heat stress on your animals in last month's article; obviously that has not been an issue to this point.  Those days will come, though, later if not sooner.  Because we are responsible for their health and comfort, make sure that you have a good supply of cool, clean water available for your animals at all times, whether they are being raised in confinement inside or out on pasture.  Provide proper ventilation inside and adequate shade and shelter outside.  Common sense goes a long way towards keeping your animals healthy, happy and productive!  Please be considerate of their physical needs.

     Cameron Ostrander is a local sheep producer who has been shearing sheep since he began raising them a few years ago.  Shearing your animals goes hand in hand with my previous comments about heat stress by reducing their thermal energy index.  Do you wear insulated coveralls and toques on hot, humid summer days?  Neither should your sheep!  He can be reached at 519-331-2917 to arrange an appointment with him.

     I routinely carry a supply of feed sample bags and a probe with me in the truck for those who wish to have their hay, haylage or rations analyzed at the Shur Gain Lab.  The quality of your feed is directly proportionate to the quality of your feedstuffs which can only be determined in an accredited laboratory.

     The commodity market has experienced some wild swings this past month.  Over the 30 day period, soymeal has been up as much as $80/tonne and is currently hovering at $50/tonne higher than it was on May 31st.  Corn has also increased dramatically at roughly $40/tonne more. The predictability of the market is not anything one can anticipate and it certainly does pose challenges to livestock producerswhose costs are tied directly to the value of grain in their rations.



CHICK DAYS               

   Next Delivery    AUGUST 6


Future orders can be made as follows:

Order by:                                Delivery:

      Tues, July 2                                     Tues, Aug 6

(Chicks and Turkeys)


Order RTL by Thurs, Aug 1     Delivery Sept. 10


    Order Chicks and Turkeys By:

          August 6                                Delivery:   Tues, Sept. 10









For Sale :  30 - 35 acres of Standing 1st Cut Grassy Hay

Contact Ross  519-683-4396



Shur Gain Specials

                        $2.00 off Per Bag


  • Shur-Gain Free Choice Pasture Mineral with        Bovatec (10 bag minimum)
  • Shur-Gain Pro Crumb Beef Cow Supplement


  • Shur-Gain Dairy Goat Mineral                          

                  (10 bag minimum)

  • Shur-Gain Premium Sheep Mineral


  • Equiline Yearling Conditioner
  • Equiline Shine







  • 10 " Trailer Hitch Ball Mount 

            Tri-ball, B Style, black

Sale Price $49.99          Regular Price $67.99


  • 27' x 2 " Heavy-Duty Ratchet Tie-Down

           Metal J-hook end. 10,000 lb load capacity,      

           3300 lb working load limit.

Sale Price $24.99            Regular Price $ 34.99


  • 41" x 48 " Maximum Lawn & Leaf Bags

           Extra strong bags with straight top closure 1.2  

           mil thickness,  100/box

Sale Price $27.99           Regular Price $37.99


  • 30 oz Perky-Pet Hummingbird Glass Feeder

           Shatter proof glass feeder, 6 stations, removable

           full circle perch 

Sale Price $17.99             Regular Price $22.99  





Gardening with Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate)

               Internet - "Gardening with Epsom Salt"

It is an inexpensive garden supplement, helping to create lush grass, full roses and healthy, vibrant lush gardens, trees and lawns.  It composed almost exclusively of magnesium sulfate, and is intensely rich in these two minerals.

  • Magnesium benefits plants from very early on, plus when the seed begins to develop. 
  • It assists with the process of seed germination, helping to strengthen the plant cell walls for the plant to receive essential nutrients.
  • Play a crucial role in photo-syntheses by assisting with the creation of chlorophyll, used by plants to convert sunlight into food.  It also allows the plant to soak up phosphorus and nitrogen which serves as vital fertilizer component for the soil. 

  • Sulfate a mineral form of sulfur found in nature is an equally important nutrient for plant life.  Essential to the health and longevity of plants and aides in the production of chlorophyll.   It joins with the soil to make key nutrients more effective for plants, including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

How Use Epsom Salt

Houseplants -  increases the health of their blooms.  Dissolve two tablespoons of Epsom salt per gallon of water and substitute this solution for normal watering once a month.

Houseplants that are potted for a long time is especially useful, due to the build-up of natural salt that accumulates in the soil and clogs the root cells of the plant.  Epsom Salt helps to cleanup up the plant's accumulation of natural salts to improve the plant's health.

Using this product helps to increase the amount of vegetables or flowers you receive from the plant.

Gardens - epsom salt helps to refresh and revitalize an established garden or create a healthy beginning for a new one.  Not considered helpful to the sage varieties but is especially beneficial to vegetable gardens with tomatoes and peppers.

Tomatoes and Peppers are proned to magnesium deficiency which can show with yellowing leaves and diminished production.  Simply add one or two tablespoons to the area before planting seeds or transplants.  As the plant matures, you can work in one tablespoon per foot of plant height around the base of each tomato or pepper plant or use the tank sprayer solution previously mentioned and spray plants every two weeks.