March 2018



Did anyone notice what Old Man Winter blew in the first of March?  It seemed to be more like a Lion.  Hopefully March goes out like a Lamb.







Chick Days are Here!            





  • 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 3.
  • Embden Geese are not on their list for ordering.
  • New Change in 2018.  You will notice that 1 to 2 week brooding is Not offered 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 26              Delivery: Apr. 10

Other Birds:  Mon, March 5                 Tues, Apr. 10 


Other Birds:  Mon, March 25           Delivery: Tues, May 1

                      Mon, April 16                        Tues, May 22

                      Mon, May 7                           Tues, June 12


Order RTL by Tues, May 22            Delivery:   July 3

Other Birds:  Mon, May 28                           Tues, July 3


Other Birds:  Tues, July 3                             Tues, Aug 7


Order RTL by Thurs, Aug 2                 Delivery Sept. 11

Other Birds:  Tues, August 7                      Tues, Sept. 11






Getting Ready for the Birds

When the birds arrive April 10 or any one of the other delivery dates, be sure to have your pen ready for them.

  • Pen and other equipment should be cleaned and disinfected.
  • Check for any holes around the foundation or screened areas to protect against predators getting in the pen.
  • Water Containers should be suitable in size for Chicks. ( In stock we have 1 Gallon containers.)  **Remember the water should be room temperature to lukewarm for the little day old chicks.**
  • Water should be changed and checked daily if not twice a day for the 1 gallon containers.
  • Feeders should be suitable for chicks as well.  We have in stock 2 foot feeders.  Plan to fill the feeders possibly two different times during the day.  If you have meat birds, they would eat all day if you let them which is not advisable.
  • Being that the Ready-to-Lay and Meat Birds are older, they will need larger waterers and feeders. During the hot, Summer months they drink lots of water. Check their supply regularly too. In stock we have 5 gallon bottom-fill waterers and feeders we have 25 lb poly containers or 50# Galvanized feeders.
  • Use shavings or straw for their bedding.                           Do not use sawdust.
  • Barn Fresh being a form of diatomaceous earth works good as a base under the shavings or straw to help absorb moisture.







 Carl's Corner

Effective Dec 1, 2018 a number of currently available over-the-counter Antimicrobial products will only be available through a prescription from a veterinarian and no longer through feed mills such as ours.  Among the range of Medically Important Antibiotics are feed medications, injectable and water soluble products. These products have been broken down into 4 categories ranging from low up to very high importance based on their importance to human medicine as determined by Health Canada.    The theory behind this decision is that there should be less risk of developing resistance which could adversely affect medicines used to treat mankind if they are no longer used in the treatment of the animal population.

The low importance products (those which are not used on humans) represent a small percentage of the antibiotics presently available over-the-counter through dealerships such as ours.  As the date approaches, you will be hearing more about this shift towards vet only prescriptions.

     Corn has increased by $10/tonne since January 1st but appears to remain flat because of the USDA projection of many more corn acres this Spring.

     Soyameal is up $110/tonne largely based on the continuing concerns over the weather in South America.

     Distillers grains are expected to remain expensive and tight into May according to my sources.  The vomitoxin levels in them also remain much higher than that in the actual corn.

    Two of our Dairy Supplements, Refresh Transition Topdress and the Intensity Plus Topdress are the feed products on special this month.  


 Date to mark in your Calendar:

March 22  - Lambton Cattlemen Producer Meeting

Brooke-Alvinston Community Center


  • 6 p.m.             Beef on a Bun
  • 6:30 p.m.         Verified Beef Plus Update

                                     by Jaclyn Horenburg, BFO

  • 7:00 p.m.     Winter Spreading Risk with Manure

                                     by Christine Brown, OMAFRA

  • 7:45 p.m.     Break
  • 8:00 p.m.     Upcoming Antimicrobial Regulations

                                    by Megan Van Schaik, OMAFRA

  • 8:30 P.M.  Australia Agricultural Experience

                                    by Murray Shaw, Bear Creek Farms



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 Feb 26, 2018 states that the 100% formula price was $159.53/cwt.  This is down $4.97 since last month’s newsletter.  The CME price was $69.69.  This is down $4.16  This summer’s Lean Hog Futures are ranging $83.02 to $84.00.  This converts to $200 plus hogs again this summer.


For pigs placed in March, OMAFRA’s Ontario Market Hog Price Trend Sheet for February 22, 2018 is predicting a 100 index price of $194.46/cwt for when they go to market.  This is up $10.43/cwt from the number I showed in my February Report.


Feed costs are moving higher with Soybean Meal and DDGs increasing in cost.  There is still no time line when Vitamin A and E prices will come back down.  We are well covered so that portion of prices should stabilize.   DDGs are still testing for Vomitoxin so be careful puttiing them back in to diets.  A couple of recent loads I have heard that were tested we 4.5 to 5 ppm. 


Upcoming Events

Ontario Pork AGM  -  March 21 & 22, 2018

London Swine Conference  - March 27 & 28, 2018

Ontario Pork Congress  - June 20 & 21, 2018





"Shur Gain" SPECIALS for


       $2.00 off per bag during March

18% ProStart

Refresh Transition Dairy Supplement Top Dress Supplement

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Equiline Mare and Foal Ration



ROTARY Club of Dresden

32nd Annual Banquet & Auction

Friday, March 23, 2018

Lambton-Kent Memorial Agricultural Centre

Social Hour & Silent Auction 5:30 p.m.

Dinner 6:15 p.m. ($40.00 per ticket)

Featuring John Weese

"Growing Up Trump"

Tickets available for Purchase at: 

McBrayne Feed & Supply Ltd. 

McKellar Flowers 

    Rotary Member     






      Sunday morning, March 11 at 2:00 a.m.






        TRADING      POST     Image result for Barn images                                  



For Sale:

-(SOLD OUT) Small square bales of 2017 straw stored inside.

Call Peter @ 519-437-2357

-Large round bales of hay. 

Call Ross @ 519-683-4396

-Large square bales (3 x 3 x 6) of hay

Both 1st and 2nd cut

Call Adam @ 519-384-8235









To us High Protein Corn Gluten Crumbles for control of crabgrass, dandelions, foxtail, broadleaf grasses in Spring before weed seeds germinate.  You should spread the Corn Gluten at least a month prior to the Forsythia blooming since the higher temperatures that helped the Forsythia flowers to bloom would accelerate the crab grass growth beyond a seedling stage.  Spreading on the cold and possibly snow-covered ground would not harm anything.

If the weeds are established, Corn Gluten feeds the weed nitrogen rather than burning it off as a soft seedling.



Garden Thoughts

Potatoes and Onions have been ordered and they will be delivered by mid April.

Do not forget to get the early pickings of seed packets for your garden plan. In addition, we will be getting in seed for peas, sweet corn, green beans and yellow beans.

If you have some variety of seed in mind, please let us know by mid March.

Potatoes and Onions have been ordered and they will be delivered by mid April.

Do not forget to get the early pickings of seed packets for your garden plan. In addition, we will be getting in seed for peas, sweet corn, green beans and yellow beans.

If you have some variety of seed in mind, please let us know by mid March.



You Know you are Living in 2018 when ...


  1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

  2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

  3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.

  4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

  5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

  6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

  7. Every Commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.

  8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 to 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

  9. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

  10. You're reading this, nodding, laughing and thinking, "Who does this sound Like". 



@ McBrayne Feed for March 2018


  • Pack-N-Roll Collapsible Service Cart $79.99

                        Regular Price:  $139.99

  • 2 Gallon Poly Compression Sprayer  $11.99

                        Regular Price:  $24.99

  • 1/2 HP Deluxe Sump Pump  $129.99

                        Regular Price:  $199.99

  • 6 Cubic Feet Steel Wheelbarrow Kit  $59.99

                        Regular Price:  $87.99

  • Sharpie Magnum 44 Permanent Marker  $3.99

                        Regular Price: $6.99





















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