July 2018

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Hope everyone had a 

      "Happy Canada Day"








Chick days will soon be coming to a close for 2018.    Be sure to get your orders into McBrayne's as September 11 will be the last delivery date.




              Order by:                   Delivery                 

                July 3                           August 7        

              August 7                     September 11      


  Ready-to-Lay delivery is September 11. 

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








New in Stock at McBrayne's


Sheep & Goat Panels 48" x 16'     $80.89 each


As before, we have Hog Panels for Swine $52.99 each





 Carl's Corner

Since last month's newsletter was written, the price of soymeal has fallen $52 per tonne.  Obviously this is much more beneficial to the livestock producers than the cash crop farmers because of the impact on your feed costs.  Soymeal stocks are expected to be tight throughout the Summer as both Ontario plants plan to shut down in July and August for routine maintenance.

Distillers' prices are finally beginning to show significant weakness having dropped $20 per tonne this past week.  The wide spread between DDDGs and corn suggests that there is lots of room for them to decrease yet.  It will be interesting to see how long it takes for the price to fall back into line with the corn from which they are derived.

     The July feed specials are targeted toward the Beef Cow; sheep and goat minerals.  On the back side of the flyer is an interesting article on feeding grass forages.  Although traditionally most of the attention has been on alfalfa, there has been increasing interest in growing grasses which have always been more popular in European countries due to their damper climate.

     Dairy producers are accustomed to sampling their feed ingredients regularly so they can balance their rations according to their forage quality.  This is a good idea for all producers to adapt.  Routinely checking your complete feed will confirm that you are in fact supplying the nutrition you desire to your livestock and make any necessary adjustments before they become an issue.  I always carry a probe and sample bags with me in my truck should you like to do so.

     I recently became aware of a young local sheep producer who is interested in shearing sheep.  He has taken a course and has been doing more work as others become aware of him.  Because of the lengthy travel time for many shearers to drive from their farms farther north and east, they are unwilling to come this far unless you have a large flock.  Cameron Ostrander lives north of Bothwell and would be happy to accommodate producers large and small.  He can be reached on his cell phone at 519-331-2917.  Hopefully you all have your ewes trimmed by now so they are as comfortable as possible throughout the Summer months.

     My final comment this month is a reminder to all livestock producers, regardless of species, to have an abundance of cool, clean water available for your animals, whether they are out on pasture or confined to a barn.  This is especially important on hot humid days.

A Holstin dairy cow will drink as much as 25 gallons of water per day to meet her needs if she is milking well.  Their feed consumption is directly related to the restriction of water.  Use common sense at all times to keep your animals healthy and happy.


Feed Bin Lids

You may recall that I had previously mentioned that Shur Gain intended to make feed bin lids available to our customers so that our drivers do not have to climb up onto the bins to open the lids.  This was in response to the death of a driver from another feed company who had fallen to his death last year.  I have recently received some lids for those who had told me they need one.  Please call me so I can get them delivered out to you at your convenience.






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



What a difference a month can make !!!

     Ontario Pork’s report on June 28, 2018 states that the 100% formula price was $203.77 cwt.  This is up $40.48 since last month’s newsletter.  The CME price was $84.63, which is up $15.22 from last month’s newsletter.  The weakening of the Canadian Dollar against the US Dollar has also supported the formula price.

     For pigs placed in June, OMAFRA’s Ontario Market Hog Price Trend Sheet for June 28, 2018 is predicting a 100-index price of $141.84/cwt for when they go to market.  This is down $3.54/cwt from the number I showed in last month’s newsletter.  The September, October and November projected prices are similar to where they were last month.  Christmas hogs are predicted to have a 100% formula price around $133/ckg.

     Shur-Gain hosted a Sow Feeding lunch and learn at the Ontario Pork Congress. Our sow experts and nutritionists talk about feeding today genetics and how they much different they are from genetics a few years ago.  Even within the same company, the requirements of today’s sows are a lot different from before.  We are willing to come to your farm and discuss with you if you are interested.

      Don’t forget Ontario Pork and the Pig Mobile will be at the International Plowing Match and they are looking for volunteers.  Contact Ontario Pork sooner than later as there is media/protestor training that needs to be completed forehand.




"Shur Gain" SPECIALS for


       $2.00 off per bag during July


Shur-Gain Pro-Crumb Beef Cow Supplement

Shur-Gain Pro-Beef Cow Mineral (10 Bag Minimum)

Shur-Gain Free Choice Pasture Mineral with Bovatec (10 Bag Minimum)

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Equiline Yearling Conditioner

Equiline Shine


Shur-Gain Dairy Goat Mineral (10 Bag Minimum)

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Shur-Gain Premium Sheep Mineral


Upcoming Events

  • Kent County Pork Producer’s Golf Tournament – August 1, 2018

  • Outdoor Farm Show – Sept 11 – 13, 2018

  • International Plowing Match – Sept 18 – 22, 2018





Is there a Green Monster swimming in your Pool?

                  Give the Monster a

                     Shock of its Life !


10 Litre jug - you can purchase a new container plus a refill.  If you have a 10 litre container, you can pay for a refill only.

20 litre jugs -  First transaction, you pay a $10.00 plus HST deposit plus the cost of the chlorine.  During the season, we exchange the containers and you pay for the refill only.  At the end of the season, if the container is not cracked, clean and with the cap, the deposit plus HST is returned. 

Please use the containers ONLY for chlorine and it is advisable to keep out of the sun






Mosquito Control

Have you lost control of the blood-thirsty Mosquitoes in your yard.  Listed are a few ideas:

Aerosol sprays -             Konk 418,

                          Konk House & Garden spray

                          Insect Destroyer by Dr. Doom

- Mosquito-Less (Mix in a small sprayer)

- Aqua Bac (powder that you sprinkle in still water to kill larvae)

- Other option is fill your backyard with bats, Purple  Martens and/or other birds to offer a buffet of mosquitoes.


If you have a Farm Card such as OFA or a Pesticide Licence, you are able to buy Disvap IV and Disvap V.

Disvap IV you are able to spray on animals.

Disvap V is stronger.  Do not spray on animals but you can spray around decks, barns, shrubs and in turn, it leaves a residue.

Both are Ready-to-Use.










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Insects Bugging You?

  • 4-pack sticky tape
  • Pony XP
  • Ultra Shield 1 litre and 3.78 litre
  • Roll-on (Works well around ears and noses of horses and dogs.
  • KO418 fly & mosquito spray

Following products are in the group requiring either a pesticide licence and/or farmer's registration.

  • Disvap IV    3.78 litre (You can spray on the animals)
  • Disvap V      3.78 litre (Spray on around buildings)
  • Spray Cans
  • Konk 400 with Baygon
  • Commercial Konk
  • Granules
  • Premium Fly Bait


On the Lighter Side


Bookseller conducting a market survey asked a woman: "Which book has helped you most in your life?"

The woman replied, "My husband's cheque book??"


A prospective husband in a book store: "Do you have a book called 'Husband - the Master of the House?"

Sales girl: "Sir, fiction and comics are on the 1st floor!"


Someone asked an old man: "Even after 70 years, you still call your wife - darling, honey, luv.  What's the secret?"

Old man:  "I forgot her name and I'm scared to ask her.


For MEN ... and WOMEN with a bit of humour??

A man was granted two wishes by God.  He asked for the best drink and the best woman ever.  Next moment he got mineral water & Mother Teresa.


There are 3 kinds of men in this world.  Some remain single and make wonders happen.  Some have girlfriends and see wonders happen.  The rest get married and wonder what happened!


COOL MESSAGE BY A WIFE:  Dear Mother-in-law, Don't teach me how to handle my children.  I am living with one of yours and he needs a lot of improvement?!






  • Small Square Bales of Hay (First Cut Grass - Timothy/Alfalfa) $6.00 per bale
  • 4 x 4 Round Bales  (Grass Mix)  $50.00 per bale
  • Horse Boarding available $400.00 per month

Call:  Larry @ 519-864-4473 (South of Brigden)

















          Have a Safe Summer!










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