March 2019



March in like a Lion and out like a Lamb. 

            What will it be? Maybe a little of both.




Chick Days are Here Again

  • Packages have been sent out by e-mail and by mail.
  • Order early as the birds do get sold out especially on the first few order dates.
  • When filling out the customer name and address, please include the e-mail address, landline if applicable and cell phone number. 
  • Notify us know if there has been a change from last year.
  • If you want birds on different delivery dates, be sure to make an order form for each delivery date.
  • Clearly show if you want Male, Female or Mixed genders or if you prefer - Cox, Pullet or Mixed.
  • Please try not to change orders as it can be very confusing and time consuming for us and the hatchery.  The chance of error increases. 
  • Muscovy ducks are the only duck breed offered for ordering.  They are delivered April, May, June until July 2.
  • Embden Geese are not on their list for ordering.
  • You will notice that 1 to 2 week brooding is Not offered again this year for chicks, ducks or turkeys.
  • Cut-off date for Chicks, Turkey & Ducks for ordering have a later "Order by Date" than the Ready-to-Lay (RTL)                                     


Order By:                    Delivery Date

Order RTL by Mon Feb 25              Delivery: Apr. 9

Other Birds:  Mon, March 4                 Tues, Apr. 9 


Other Birds:  Mon, March 24          Delivery: Tues, Apr 30


                      Mon, April 15                         Tues, May 22


                      Mon, May 6                            Tues, June 11

Order RTL by Tues, May 21       Delivery:   July 2

Other Birds:  Mon, May 27                           Tues, July 2


Other Birds:  Tues, July 2                             Tues, Aug 6


Order RTL by Thurs, Aug 1        Delivery Sept. 10

Other Birds:  Tues, August 6                       Tues, Sept. 10










Carl's Corner                         

     We now carry the large mineral tubs in two sizes.  For several years, we have stocked a 125 pound All-Purpose  product which retails for $73.50.  Because it contains Copper we have not recommended it for sheep. 

Recently we have brought in a 200 pound copper-free mineral tub, specifically for sheep producers but which can also be fed to other species.  It sells for $85.50.  Now you have the option of big and bigger when you purchase a molasses tub from us.

    The soymeal market is flat, for all intents and purposes, despite the daily fluctuations which have been relatively calm of late.   This is largely due to the favourable weather conditions in both North and South America and the large inventory of American soybeans sitting in storage because of the on-going trade dispute with China.  During the same period another of the popular feed ingredients, distillers grain has increased between $35 - $40 per tonne due to the continuing foreign demand.  Apparently mycotoxin concerns are a non-issue on the international market and that is keeping the domestic market over priced.






Wanted Used Ritchie heated water bowl. Can be either stainless or painted. Must be less than 18”wide. Call Mike at 519-809-4891.

 FREE for the Taking

  • 1750 Bushel Grain Bin (Rosco) with Aeration Floor, Unloading Auger and Aeration Fan

                     Call Dave @ 519-358-2544


For Sale:

·         Muskovy Ducks, dressed and frozen

·         Also, one Breeder Male Rabbit (Gray in colour)

         (Mixed California/Flemish Breed)

          Call 519-682-2280     Ask for Barb

FREE   - Ducks (Drakes and Hens) - 2 years old and under. There are more Hens than Drakes (at least 40 to 45 birds total)  

Call:     Maryann  519-401-8363                             or      Clara        519-401-8901







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





Rich's Remarks

     Ontario Pork’s report on February 26, 2019 states that the 100% formula price was $125.64 ckg DW.  This is down $11.59 since last month’s newsletter.  The CME price was $52.92 which is down $4.74 from last month’s newsletter. 

     For pigs placed in October, OMAFRA’s Ontario Market Hog Price Trend Sheet for February 21, 2019 is predicting a 100-index price of $189.50/cwt for when they go to market.  This is down $0.87/cwt from the number I showed in last month’s newsletter. The February 21 report also shows next June to August’s CME price is ranging from $75.68 - $78.88.  This will work out to $180.45 to $188.14 for the 100% formula price with the project Canadian dollar for June.  This is down $5.26 to $8.18 from last month’s newsletter.

The Southwest Ontario Pork Conference was held on February 20, 2019.  There was about 170 producers and industry people in attendance.  The feature speaker was Ron Ketchum from Nebraska.  He gave an interesting presentation on the data collection that his company does and showed some comparisons between different genetics, feeding systems, etc.  He also talked about hoof trimming for sows.  Ron also provided lots of interesting tidbits and practical information that producers could put to use on their farms.  Ryan from Demeter Vets has taken over for Bill Moore for the local vet discussion.  He talked about PRRS, PED and Flu.  Lisa from Conestoga Meats talked about their plant, where they export meat to and factors effecting those markets.  There was also a producer panel that discussed what they do on their farms to manage larger litter sizes.  The group talked about management of piglets, using a milk replacer system and farrowing crated designs (lift crate vs none and size of farrowing crates).

     We have had 6 PED breaks and numerous PRRS breaks so far this year.  This is just a reminder to keep up on your bio-security protocols and keep using clean trucks.  Another thing to think of is to keep rotating your disinfectants.



Upcoming Events    


·         Ontario Pork AGM – Guelph – March 19 & 20, 2019

·         London Swine Conference  - London – March 26 and 27, 2019

·         World Pork Expo – Des Moines – June 5-7, 2019

·         Ontario Pork Congress – Stratford – June 20 and 21, 2019

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










            Sunday morning, March 10 at 2:00 a.m.













Signs of Spring

Believe it or not, the seed display has arrived already.  Start planning what you might want to do in your garden this Spring. Come into the store and get first pick of the display.   Early bird gets the worm!