January 2018

 JANUARY    " 2018 "





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                   January 2018     

How many of you remember the worry and the frenzy about the Y2K or the year 2000 when it was to arrive on New Year's.  Most importantly, can anyone believe it was 18 years ago now.  Where has the time gone.


An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”
— Bill Vaughn,


Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”

— Albert Einstein,
Theoretical Physicist


Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
— Oprah Winfrey,
American Media Proprietor


It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future, and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.”
— Jim Bishop,
American Journalist & Author


The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”
— Michael Altshuler,
Speaker & Trainer


May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions!”
— Joey Adams,
American Comedian


This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

— William Arthur Ward,
American Writer & Author









     The Nutreco animal nutrition business world wide is Trouw Nutrition.  The decision has been made to align our Canadian feed business with this global branding strategy as of January 2018.  The name change from Nutreco Canada Inc to Trouw Nutrition Canada Inc will necessitate rebranding all of our documents, product sheets, bags, displays, trucks, and mills beginning now, and continuing throughout the year.  Soon you will see Trouw Nutrition, a Nutreco company with the Shur Gain Logo beneath it on all of our material and equipment.

     The featured feed products this month are the 16% Lamb Starter and the 20% Kid Goat Starter.  This ties in well with the lambing and kidding season.

     As I mentioned last month, a fire in a German BASF plant in late October has led to a global shortage of Vitamins A and E that may last well into the first half of 2018.  The immediate result is that we have already seen dramatic price increases in these two vitamins as companies attempt to secure their requirements.  I can elaborate on the situation with you when I am on farm should you wish!

     Because the protein value in our Fall harvested soybean crop has been lower than most years, it naturally follows that the levels have also dropped in soymeal.  The December average of all loads received at the St. Marys mill have dropped from the standard 48% to 46.5%  This should be born in mind if you are using soymeal as your protein source on farm.

     I compared the value of corn and soymeal at year end 2017 versus 2016 for interest's sake and found that corn has decreased $10/tonne and soymeal by $40/tonne.  The futures market implies that corn will remain flat and soymeal will increase by $5 over the next three months.  Presently the by-product market is overpriced as it normally is at this time of year.



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






Cattle squeeze/headgate in working condition.

Call Jeff @519-809-9400


For Sale:

Small square bales of 2017 straw stored inside.

Call Peter @ 519-437-2357











Rich's Remarks



     Ontario Pork’s report on Dec 29, 2017 states that the 100% formula price was $61.48 /cwt.  This is up $1.40 since last month’s newsletter.  Next summer’s Lean Hog Futures are ranging $83.475 to $84.20.  This should mean we are going to have another good year in the swine sector.

     For pigs placed in November, OMAFRA’s Ontario Market Hog Price Trend Sheet for October 26, 2017 is predicting a 100 index price of $167.98/cwt for when they go to market.  This is up $23.67/cwt from the number I showed in my October Report.

     As many of you know, there was a BASF Plant burn in Germany in November.  This plant supplies products to make up 45% of the world Vitamin A and E requirements.  This is going to cause a shortage in Vitamin A and E and as a result prices on both of these vitamins are jumping dramatically.  This is obviously going to affect your complete feed, premix and supplement prices.  Carl and I will try to keep you up to date as much as we can.

     PRRS breaks are occurring again in Ontario.  I just wanted to remind you to keep up on your biosecurity protocols.


Upcoming Events

  • Banff Pork Seminar – January 9 – 11, 2018
  • Kent , Lambton and Essex Annual Meeting – RCAT Wilson Hall – Jan. 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm
  • Southwest Ontario Pork Conference – February 21, 2018
  • Ontario Pork AGM – March 21 & 22, 2018
  • London Swine Conference – March 27 & 28, 2018




"Shur Gain" SPECIALS for


       $2.00 off per bag during January

16% Lamb Starter Ration Medicated

16% Non-Medicated Lamb Starter Ration

18% Lamb Creep

20% Kid Goat Starter VPM

Equiline Fat N'Fibre Pellet


Layer Chickens

Every once and a while we hear about layer chickens not laying eggs.  After talking to Robert at Bonnie's Chick Hatchery, here are a few suggestions to consider.

AGE   -  If grown from chicks, it takes 19 weeks before ISA Brown Hybrid will lay eggs if all conditions are good.  Some other breeds may take longer.

LIGHT -  Is most important!  Minimally they need 15 to 16 hours of light.  If natural light is not available, artificial  light must be used. (Problem in the Fall, the bird may only get 10 hours of light during the day because of the shorter days.  Needed is another 4 to 6 hours of artificial light.  Whey they are young and close to 19 weeks, gradually be aware of the light needed.  Be sure they have 12 hours, then 13 hours etc until 15 to 16 hours are available for the layer.  Too must light will cause pecking with one another.  They get irritable and need a time away from the light to allow them to rest.


Provide fresh water daily.  They will drink more water if the temperature is not too cold.  The Hen needs lots of water to successfully produce eggs every day.


If grown from chicks, they will have had Chick Starter for 4 to 6 weeks, Grower Crumb until 17 to 18 weeks then you begin Layer feed. Do not supplement with other grains or vegetable scraps as it will only lower the protein and the vitamin balance set up by a Nutritionist to help the bird produce eggs at an optimal level.


Provide an area to lay their eggs.  Some birds will lay their eggs on the floor, pick them up, promptly.  Possibly use artificial eggs to show the birds where they are to nest.


Cold weather will slow down the egg production.  When it is cold for a length of time, the bird is using the extra protein and fat in the feed to keep warm themselves rather than producing eggs.  You may have to add extra heat.  For sure, the extra heat will help prevent the problem of  water freezing.


According to the Hatchery, the birds may go into a moult and stop egg production after about one year.  At this time, their bodies are needing a rest therefore cut back the light, and drop back to Grower Crumb for about a month or two.  To bring them back out of their moulting stage, start feeding Layer feed and gradually increase the light to eventually reach 16 hours.  Eventually they should start laying eggs but maybe not at a 100%











Starting the New Year

There are two ways to look at life.  Let's look at it in a positive way by looking at a glass of water and thinking "How much is left in the glass?" instead of

            "How much is gone."

With it being a new year, instead of thinking you grow older each Year think of yourself as growing more Valuable and Richer? 

                        You're Rich!

  • Silver in the Hair
  • Gold in the Teeth
  • Crystals in the Kidneys
  • Sugar in the Blood
  • Lead in the Ass
  • Iron in the Arteries


·         an in exhaustible supply of Natural Gas!




Ice Salt Comparisons

Sifto Ice Salt and/or

Windsor Safe-T-Salt - effective to -15 C

- Asphalt Concrete Damage - Minimal to Moderate

- Best for Home Owners, Contractors

- Benefits -  Inexpensive

- Precaution - Can damage asphalt concrete, brick, stone,    

         metal, grass, plants and wood decks.

        Don't Use on concrete less that 1 year old.

Calcium Chloride Flake - effective to -32 C

- Asphalt Concrete Damage -Minimal to Moderate

- Best for Quick Response, Home Owners

- Benefit - Fast Acting - more effective than Sodium Chloride

- Precaution - Can damage grass and plants when over


Sifto Magnesium Chloride Flakes - Effective to -25 C

- Asphalt Concrete Damage - Moderate to Significant

- Best for: Quick Response, Homeowners, Pet Owners


- Benefits - Environmentally friendly, Safer around Pets

     Fast Acting, More Effective than Sodium

-Precaution - Can damage grass and plants when over applied

Urea - effective to - 4 C

- Aspahlt Concrete Damage  -  Negligible

- Best for Environmentally Conscious Homeowners

- Benefits - Environmentally Friendly

      Minimal Lawn Damage

- Precaution - Slow/Low Melt Rate

            Can damage grass and plants when over applied.


 Winter has Come!

And Old Man Winter brought us lots of snow, especially to the South of the Great Lakes.

Are you in need of Winter coveralls this year?  In stock, we have the insulated, navy coverall in Regular and Tall sizes.  Also, we have the long-sleeved, Unlined coverall in Navy or Tan in Regular and Tall sizes.  We do have a few coveralls in the Short sizing in both Insulated and Unlined coveralls but will be getting more in stock.  Give us a call early if you want to check for a specific size before it does get too cold.

If you are in need of Winter Boots, we have insulated Baffin  boots that are CSA approved or a boot style that is not CSA

Don't forget we do have the Bekina Boots that are insulated according to your body temperature as the heat from your body is stored in the material of the boot for Winter protection from the cold.  Works similar to a wet suit in diving.  Both CSA and Regular styles available.

CSA Work Shoes

Royer (CSA with Kevlar - no metal in Royer shoes)                         Style # 3320

                        Style # 8420

                        Style # 8620

Battle Boots (Bumper toe)

Terra  -   Bumper Toe  -    Style 9969IB

              Non Bumper toe  -  Style 6969IB

Wildsider  18935  - Discontinued by Terra

As a reminder, Terra has moved their production overseas but continue to have a warehouse in Canada. 

We have a few sizes left of the Discontinued shoe 18935 but we do know, some are already sold out from the Terra Warehouse.  Possibly if you need a given size, another store may have it in their inventory.     


Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

     Do not forget, we have a display case containing  -       "The Monthly Messenger" sent to us "FREE for the Taking" by the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency.  It includes many interesting facts about the sheep industry.





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