May 2018



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.








Ready-to-Lay Orders

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 delivery   

                  April 16                              May 22

                  May 7                                 June 12

                  May 28                               July 3

                  July 3                                 August 7

                  August 7                     September 11


  Ready-to-Lay delivery is July 3 and September 11. 

Order as soon as possible because they do sell out quickly.








In Stock:

Seed Potatoes   - 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 smaller packets.


 Carl's Corner



Carl's Corner

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

"At A 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, Health Canada 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 Plate 

Social Media Posts 

Guiding Principles

     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 itself.

How can you help?

What the 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 industry. 

Furthermore, 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 future of food policy and agriculture.



Feed Products to Help Maintain Health

Kid/Lamb Colostrum

For Goats           

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

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 gov''t tags)
  • Castrator Rings and/or applicator
  • Goat feeding trough
  • Ritchie insulated, non-electric waterer










Rich's Remarks


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.  The 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

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  • 18% ProStart

EQUINE      Image result for horse  images

  • Equiline Extruded Broodmare & Yearling
  • Equiline Extruded High Performance


  • 16% Just Kidding Dairy Goat Ration
  • 20% Kid Goat Starter Ration
  • 17% Kid Goat Developer Ration Pellet
  • 16% Lamb Starter Ration Pellet

           Medicated and/or Non-Medicated.

  • 35% Lamb Supplement 300

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                 Medicated or Non-Medicated.












Upcoming Events


  • Ontario Pork Congress – June 20 & 21, 2018
  • Kent County Pork Producer’s Golf Tournament – August 1, 2018
  • International Plowing Match – Sept 18 – 22, 2018



        TRADING      POST     Image result for Barn images


For Sale:


  • Heavy ash cattle chute - Poster in office and on McBrayne Feed & Supply Facebook. Asking $800.

            Also, McKee corn-hog grinder

                                           blower unit.  

               Call Alan @ 519-359-5767



Day old French Jumbo Guinea Keets.

- Great 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













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Sun & Shade 



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.





McBrayne Feed & Supply

Hours for Holiday Weekend



Open Saturday  - May 19     8 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Closed  Sunday and Monday       May 20 and 21

Open Tuesday          May 22      8 a.m. to 5:00 pm























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