September 2018




International Plowing Match – Sept 18–22, 2018

                        Pain Court, Ontario









 Last Call for Chick Days

The delivery of Chicks, Turkeys and Ready-to-Lay birds will soon end for 2018  by September 11.

If still interested to order, there is a chance  a few birds are still available if you missed ordering earlier. 

Keep in mind, there are no guarantees they will be available at this late of a date but it is worth trying.





















For Sale   -

        3-Point Bale Spear - Great Condition

            New pin connector on one side

            Reason for selling  ...  No livestock 


            Call 519-683-2368  Tim or Helen

For Sale

  • 3000 gallon horizontal steel water tank -  

            $1500  Call Chad at 512-331-0526



    Carl's Corner   

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      The featured Livestock products this month include both of our 22% Calf Starters: the Rapid Gain and the Express, plus the 16% Easy Creep Beef ration for beef calves. All three include Rumensin. The bagged product discount is $2/bag and bulk feed is $25/tonne less than normal.

     On the market front, most commodity prices have softened due to weaker demand, excellent crop conditions in the US (which implies the possibility of record yields), strong supply carry-outs worldwide, and the lack of progress resolving trade disputes. At this time the soymeal price has dropped by $40/tonne over the last 30 days. This will also reflect in the cost of feeding your animals, regardless of the species.

     Shur Gain will have a booth in the East Gen Dairy Pavillion at the outdoor Farm Show September 11 – 13 in Woodstock. If you happen to be at the Show stop in to speak to one of our people. I will be there on Tuesday, the first day, and will be happy to see anyone from our area who makes the trip all the way down.

    As you know the International Plowing Match will be held the following week (September 18 – 22), for the first time in Chatham Kent since 1979. Although my hair is grayer than it was when I first worked that match 39 years ago I will be working there for a couple of days scooping ice cream at the Essex Kent Dairy Producers' tent. Be sure to stop by for a cone and say hello to your Dairy neighbours when you are touring the site this month.








Creep Feeding Calves

One of the biggest factors to feeding creep feed to young beef calves depends on the quality and availability of pasture along with beef cow milk production.

The poorer the forage quality/milk production, the more efficient calves are in converting feed to weight gain.  There are other added benefits to consider when feeding beef calves creep.  Some of these include:

Improved calf health .  Creep feeding can help reduce weaning stress.  Calves that are creep fed prior to entering the feedlot are generally healthier better compared to non creep fed calves.

Improved beef cow body condition .  The beef cow can produce less milk if the calf is eating creep feed.  This reduces their nutrient requirements ultimately improving beef cow body condition and reproduction. 

Improved carcass quality .  It has been shown that creep feeding can improve marbling content of beef.

Shur-Gain Beef Rations - Highly fortified complete feeds designed to get the best use of on farm forages.

  • 13% Easy Grow HF Beef Ration
  • 16% Easy Creep Beef Ration (with Rumensin)
  • Contains high quality protein and grain sources to ensure palatability.
  • Convenient and flexible to use
  • Alternative to buying off farm hay or grains.
  • Formulated with a blend of trace minerals and vitamins to ensure requirements are met for cattle.






Rich's Remarks


     Ontario Pork’s report on August 30, 2018 states that the 100% formula price was $107.08 cwt.  This is down $65.24 since last month’s newsletter.  The CME price was $46.02, which is down $26.97 from last month’s newsletter. 

     For pigs placed in September, OMAFRA’s Ontario Market Hog Price Trend Sheet for August 31, 2018 is predicting a 100-index price of $143.52/cwt for when they go to market.  This is up $25.42/cwt from the number I showed in last month’s newsletter. The August 31st report also shows next June to August’s CME price is ranging from $76.60 to $77.88.  This will work out to $179 to $182 for the 100% formula price with the project Canadian dollar.

     Today’s genetics are demanding more nutrients and sows are having larger litters.  Shur-Gain has recognized this and is launching a new line of on-farm premixes and have updated our complete feeds and supplements to meet these demands.  Shur-Gain’s production models for Sows and Grower pigs can show you how these change will benefit your farm.  Please give Carl or I a call and we would be happy to meet with you to develop a feeding program that meets your requirements and your pigs needs.

     Don’t forget Ontario Pork and the Pig Mobile will be at the International Plowing Match in Pain Court.  They are looking for volunteers to help man the booth.  Contact Stacey Ash at Ontario Pork sooner than later as there is media/protestor training that needs to be completed beforehand.



"Shur Gain" SPECIALS for


       $2.00 off per bag during September On Dairy

-  Optivia 22% Express Calf  


- Optivia 22% Rapid Gain Calf Starter

On Beef

-  Shur-Gain Easy Creep Beef Ration

    (24 hour order notice)

Save $2.00/bag on Rabbit

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- Homestead Rabbit Ration     


- 16% Rabbit Ration Medicated

--16% Rabbit Ration 





Upcoming Events

  • Ontario Pork Producer Information Meeting (London) – Sept 10, 2018 (Best Western Plus)
  • Outdoor Farm Show – Sept 11 – 13, 2018       (Woodstock)

    International Plowing Match – Sept 18 – 22, 2018                                 (Pain Court)

  • Shakespear Swine Seminar – Sept 19, 2018   (Stratford Festival Inn)

  • Group Sow Housing & Management Seminar    Dec 4, 2018                      (Best Western Arden Park – Stratford)



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Call Michelle Rose (Certified Professional Groomer)

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Telephon e:   807-621-2248

Great service if:

  • Your  dog does not mix well with other dogs
  • Dog does not travel well in a vehicle
  • You have multiple big dogs and a small vehicle
  • You have too new of a vehicle to move dogs
  • You do not have Time to take them to a place  

    Michelle comes to you in her Mobile Van










On The Lighter Side


A Sign in a Shoe Repair Store:

   We will heel you

     We will save your sole

       We will even dye for you.


A Sign on a Blinds and Curtain Truck:

  “Blind man driving.”


On a Septic Tank Truck:

Yesterday's Meals on Wheels


At an Optometrist's Office:

"If you don't see what you're looking for,

   You've come to the right place.”


On a Plumber's truck:

"We repair what your husband fixed.”


On another Plumber's truck:

"Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.”


At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee :

"Invite us to your next blowout.”


On an Electrician's truck:

  "Let us remove your shorts.”


In a Non-smoking Area:

"If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and will take appropriate action.”        


On a Maternity Room door:

      "Push. Push. Push.”


At a Car Dealership:

"The best way to get back on your feet - miss a car payment.”


Outside a Muffler Shop:

"No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.”


In a Veterinarian's waiting room:

"Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”


At the Electric Company:

"We would be delighted if you send in your payment on time.

 However, if you don't, YOU will be de-lighted.”


In a Restaurant window:

"Don't stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up.”


At a Propane Filling Station:

  "Thank Heaven for little grills.”


In a Chicago Radiator Shop:

"Best place in town to take a leak.”


And the best one for last…;

Sign on the back of another Septic Tank Truck:

“Caution - This Truck is full of Political Promises”







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