Hope everyone had a "Happy Canada Day"
Do you need Sun Protection?
Come in and check out our straw hat selection.
In addition, when the days
become hot and sultry, we have Short-Sleeved,
Polyester/Cotton coveralls in the colours of tan or navy and in Regular and
Alfalfa #1 5kg
Alfalfa 70/Timothy 30 Coated 25
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
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.
Want to Buy
- One Male Goat (Neubian Breed) the age of 6
months to 1 year old. Contact John -
to Help Maintain Health
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
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
All Flex tags (not the government
Castrator Rings and/or
Goat feeding trough
If you are in
need of the Government Sheep tags, contact: Ontario Sheep Farmers
130 Malcolm Road, Guelph
Ontario N1K 1B1
Ontario Pork’s report on June 28, 2019 states that the 100%
formula price was $181.96 ckg DW. This
is down $18.83 since last month’s newsletter.
The CME price was $76.75 which is down $5.45 from last month’s
For pigs placed
in July, OMAFRA’s Ontario Market Hog Price Trend Sheet for June 28, 2019 is
predicting a 100-index price of $175.85/cwt for when they go to market. This is down $55.78/cwt from the number I
showed in last month’s newsletter.
As most of you
have probably heard, China
banned imports of all Canadian meats.
From what I have read and heard, this is because they found Ractopamine
in some meat products and they are accusing the CFIA of forging documents. This is likely to take some time to get
figured out. My thinking is Conestoga
members will likely be hit harder by this decision than other producers. Conestoga members are based of the cutout
prices they receive while the other plants pay based of the US CME price. The US
will likely be the ones that benefit from Canada not being able to ship this
had an effect on the number of attendees at this year’s Pork Congress. There was more exhibitors than in previous
years and it was good to see those of you who were able to attend.
OPIC Health and Safety Seminar – Watford – July 10, 2019
OPIC Health and Safety Seminar – Listowel – July
OPIC Golf Tournament – St. Marys – July 17, 2019
Kent County Pork Producer’s Golf Tournament –
Country View – August 7, 2019
Perth County Pork Producer’s Golf Tournament –
Mitchell – August 14, 2019
Time to Celebrate!
Feed and Supply Ltd
its 65th year.
Feed and Supply Ltd
its 65th year.
(Third Segment of the Company's beginning)
TIME TO CELEBRATE
Continued from May/June
brother Keith helped in the mill business and became a shareholder as
well. Mill operations, as well as,
receiving and shipping pigs to Toronto
continued. Line-ups from the mill yard
and into the street, farmers patiently waited their turn to have their grain
milled or chopped for feed.
large marketable product for the time was the retail of cedar fence posts. At peak time, they would sell 2-3 large truckloads a week. Posts were purchased from a business in
Tobermory and the wire fencing was shipped in from Hamilton by Finley Transport. Occasionally, Gord would take a truck to
Tobermory on the weekend to meet the demands of the business. Later the fence posts were purchased from Quebec.
the sons, Allen and Bill got older, they did jobs within the business part-time
when they were not at school. Gord's
wife, Elma, remembers feeding men when it was really busy and also, boarding a
few persons that may have worked at the mill or within the town.
original office building still stands today but has been moved to the South of
its original location. At one time, it
sat in the middle of the yard. Vehicles
would go in on one side of the building and then drive out the other side. It is now used as a warehouse to store fly
sprays, clothing, footwear, animal health products.
left to obtain an 2-year Agriculture Diploma at the University of Guelph. He then returned to help his Dad with the
business. A few years later, Bill
received an Agriculture Lab Diploma at Ridgetown College. He too returned to the business to help his
prospered but you could see changes were happening.
Financially, farms were
growing. As family farms were sold,
bigger conglomerates were expanding.
In order to compete, the farms had to grow.
Mixed farming was
starting to change to strictly all crops with no livestock.
At that time, specialty
farming was starting to emerge stronger such as tomatoes, cucumbers,
peppers, sweet corn.
Wives were starting to
work outside of the home more all the time rather than on the farm with
Size of machinery changed
on the farms to accommodate for the increased land purchased.
Pressure for faster
service at local mills caused added stress to equipment.
and licences continued to increase.
Farms started to store,
dry and grind their own grain.
the years, in order to succeed, McBraynes could see a need to expand and change
On June 3rd, I experienced a
slight weakness in my right leg which was diagnosed as a stroke when I went to
the hospital 4 days later. As a result,
I spent 5 days there where I was well looked after by the capable staff of
doctors, nurses and technicians. I am
very fortunate that it was not more serious but an event such as this or a
heart attack automatically results in the suspension of one's license. As a consequence I have been working from
home on my laptop and cell phone with the exception of the odd day that I have
travelled with a couple of Shur Gain personnel.
Because I have holidays scheduled for mid July, it will be the latter
half of July before many of you see me back on farm. If you do not get a response from your text
or phone call to me, please contact McBrayne's to place your order or ask your
questions; otherwise your livestock may be wondering where their feed is.
I included some comments about the impact
of heat stress on your animals in last month's article; obviously that has not
been an issue to this point. Those days
will come, though, later if not sooner.
Because we are responsible for their health and comfort, make sure that
you have a good supply of cool, clean water available for your animals at all
times, whether they are being raised in confinement inside or out on
pasture. Provide proper ventilation
inside and adequate shade and shelter outside.
Common sense goes a long way towards keeping your animals healthy, happy
and productive! Please be considerate of
their physical needs.
Cameron Ostrander is a local sheep producer
who has been shearing sheep since he began raising them a few years ago. Shearing your animals goes hand in hand with
my previous comments about heat stress by reducing their thermal energy
index. Do you wear insulated coveralls
and toques on hot, humid summer days?
Neither should your sheep! He can
be reached at 519-331-2917 to arrange an appointment with him.
I routinely carry a supply of feed sample
bags and a probe with me in the truck for those who wish to have their hay,
haylage or rations analyzed at the Shur Gain Lab. The quality of your feed is directly
proportionate to the quality of your feedstuffs which can only be determined in
an accredited laboratory.
The commodity market has experienced some
wild swings this past month. Over the 30
day period, soymeal has been up as much as $80/tonne and is currently hovering
at $50/tonne higher than it was on May 31st.
Corn has also increased dramatically at roughly $40/tonne more. The
predictability of the market is not anything one can anticipate and it
certainly does pose challenges to livestock producerswhose
costs are tied directly to the value of grain in their rations.
Future orders can be made as follows:
Order by: Delivery:
July 2 Tues, Aug 6
(Chicks and Turkeys)
Order RTL by Thurs, Aug 1 Delivery Sept. 10
Chicks and Turkeys
August 6 Delivery:
Tues, Sept. 10
: 30 - 35 acres of Standing 1st Cut Grassy Hay
Shur Gain Specials
Shur-Gain Free Choice Pasture Mineral
with Bovatec (10 bag minimum)
Shur-Gain Pro Crumb Beef Cow Supplement
ON SMALL RUMINANTS
Shur-Gain Dairy Goat Mineral
(10 bag minimum)
Shur-Gain Premium Sheep Mineral
Equiline Yearling Conditioner
BLOCK BUSTER SPECIALS
" Trailer Hitch Ball Mount
Tri-ball, B Style, black
Regular Price $67.99
x 2 " Heavy-Duty Ratchet Tie-Down
Metal J-hook end. 10,000 lb load
3300 lb working load limit.
Regular Price $ 34.99
x 48 " Maximum Lawn & Leaf Bags
Extra strong bags with straight top
mil thickness, 100/box
Regular Price $37.99
oz Perky-Pet Hummingbird Glass Feeder
Shatter proof glass feeder, 6
full circle perch
Regular Price $22.99
Gardening with Epsom Salts (Magnesium
Internet - "Gardening with Epsom Salt"
an inexpensive garden supplement, helping to create lush grass, full roses and
healthy, vibrant lush gardens, trees and lawns.
It composed almost exclusively of magnesium sulfate, and is intensely
rich in these two minerals.
Magnesium benefits plants
from very early on, plus when the seed begins to develop.
It assists with the
process of seed germination, helping to strengthen the plant cell walls
for the plant to receive essential nutrients.
Play a crucial role in
photo-syntheses by assisting with the creation of chlorophyll, used by
plants to convert sunlight into food.
It also allows the plant to soak up phosphorus and nitrogen which
serves as vital fertilizer component for the soil.
Sulfate a mineral form of
sulfur found in nature is an equally important nutrient for plant
life. Essential to the health and
longevity of plants and aides in the production of chlorophyll. It joins with the soil to make key
nutrients more effective for plants, including nitrogen, phosphorus and
How Use Epsom Salt
Houseplants - increases the health of their blooms. Dissolve two tablespoons of Epsom salt per
gallon of water and substitute this solution for normal watering once a month.
that are potted for a long time is especially useful, due to the build-up of
natural salt that accumulates in the soil and clogs the root cells of the
plant. Epsom Salt helps to cleanup up
the plant's accumulation of natural salts to improve the plant's health.
this product helps to increase the amount of vegetables or flowers you receive
from the plant.
Gardens - epsom salt helps to refresh
and revitalize an established garden or create a healthy beginning for a new one. Not considered helpful to the sage
varieties but is especially beneficial to vegetable gardens with tomatoes and
Tomatoes and Peppers are proned to magnesium
deficiency which can show with yellowing leaves and diminished production. Simply add one or two tablespoons to the area
before planting seeds or transplants. As
the plant matures, you can work in one tablespoon per foot of plant height
around the base of each tomato or pepper plant or use the tank sprayer solution
previously mentioned and spray plants every two weeks.