September 2019



One month to go and it is OPEN HOUSE at

McBrayne Feed & Supply Ltd.

 October 5, 2019

   8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 (Celebrating 65 Years in Business)



Shur Gain Specials

    Save $2.00 / Bag or $25/ Tonne


  • Optivia 22% Express Calf Starter
  • Optivia 22% Rapid Gain Calf Starter


  • Shur Gain Easy Creep Beef Ration

All three above include Rumensin to reduce the risk of coccidiosis in young calves.


  • Homestead Rabbit Ration Pellets

            (16% Rabbit Ration Medicated

                                or Non Medicated)



   Creep Feeding Calves - One of the biggest factors to feeding creep feed to young beef calves depends on the quality and availability of pasture along with beef cow milk production.

The poorer the forage quality/milk production, the more efficient calves are in converting feed to weight gain.  There are other added benefits to consider when feeding beef calves creep.  Some of these include:

Improved Calf Health - Creep feeding can help reduce weaning stress.  Calves that are creep fed prior to entering the feedlot are generally healthier better compared to non creep fed calves.

Improved Beef Cow Body Condition - The beef cow can produce less milk if the calf is eating creep feed.  This reduces their nutrient requirements ultimately improving beef cow body condition and reproduction.

Improved Carcass Quality -   It has been shown that creep feeding can improve marbling content of beef.  Shur-Gain Beef Ration - Highly fortified complete feeds designed to get the best use of on farm forages.

  • 13% Easy Grow HF Beef Ration
  • 16% East Creep Beef Ration (with Rumensin)
  • Contains high quality protein and grain sources to ensure palatability.
  • Convenient and flexible to use
  • Alternative to buying off farm hay or grains.
  • Formulated with a blend of trace minerals and vitamins to ensure requirements are met for cattle.

     Commodity prices were relatively flat last month with soymeal trading close to the same price throughout the month.

     With the dry weather we have experienced during the corn tasselling period, one would think that the risk of mycotoxin contaimination will be substantially less come harvest time.  The update on ingredients received at our mill in St. Marys from fall harvest until the end of July shows an average vomitoxin level of 2.77ppm in corn and 13.6 ppm in corn

distillers.  Surprisingly, the corn silage samples submitted to our lab revealed a level of 4.17 ppm.  The grain corn level is less because of the truckloads which are rejected upon arrival when the sample tests above the acceptable level; one load actually tested 53.6 ppm.

          It is astonishing to witness how well our crops have grown following the much later than normal planting dates this Spring.  One of the seed companies has suggested that corn has advanced 2 weeks due to the great July weather in those areas where adequate levels of rain was received.  I do hope that our Fall weather is equally favourable so that the crops reach full maturity before it turns cold or wet.







For Sale:

Experienced, time- tested wooden feeder on skids. 100 bushel capacity with 4 holes on either side.  Open to any "reasonable offer"   Call Chad @ 519-331-0526







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






       Ontario Pork’s report on August 30, 2019 states that the 100% formula price was $168.75/ckg DW.  This is down $21.05 since last month’s newsletter.  The CME price was $70.23 which is down $9.38 from last month’s newsletter. 

     For pigs placed in July, OMAFRA’s Ontario Market Hog Price Trend Sheet for August 30, 2019 is predicting a 100-index price of $171.59/cwt for when they go to market.  This is down $13.99/cwt from the number I showed in last month’s newsletter.  Over Christmas, looking at a formula price from $160 to $165/cwt.  That is good compared to historical values.  Next May’s formula price is looking to be above $2.00/cwt.

     Ontario Pork is still looking for volunteers to help out with the Pig Mobile at the Western Fair.  You do receive compensation for your time.  Contact Ontario Pork for more details.

     Wheat yields have been all over the map this year.  On the bright side I have had no one tell me they had an issue with Fusarium.  Let’s hope this means the corn will be good to.  We just need mother nature to be nice until mid to October by what I am hearing. 

     Kent County had their golf tournament on Wednesday August 7, 2019.  There was 48 golfers and another 15 people or so showed up for supper.  A good time was had by all and no one got injured so it was a success.  Thank you to everyone who supported the event.



Upcoming Events    



·         Western Fair – Sept 6 to 15, 2019

·         Ontario Pork Policy Day –

              Sept 10, 2019

·         Outdoor Farm Show –

             Sept 10 to 12, 2019

·         Shakespeare Swine Seminar – Stratford –

             Sept 18, 2019







Time to Celebrate!

McBrayne Feed and Supply Ltd

                 is in its 65th year. 


Feed Side: 

Since 1996, McBrayne's noticed an increase in specialty feeds with backyard livestock for the owner's use.  Livestock such as horses, sheep, goats, chickens, pigeons, rabbits have shown a dramatic increase compared to the feed traffic in the earlier years.  Bulk feeds and deliveries continued for the larger livestock operations for swine, beef, and dairy.  Carl MacLean was "The Man for the Job" as he was well versed in many areas of the feed business.

Mike Morlock an Agronomist was hired in the Fall of 1998 to begin scouting fields and promoting chemical sales, Carl MacLean continued to be the salesman for the Feed Side with the exception of helping in the Spring for the 4 week Chemical/Fertilizer rush.

In 1999, the Casino was built.

      (Last day in Dresden was  July 14, 2019)

Tim Horton comes to Dresden in the Spring of 2000 across from the McBrayne business.

Retail trade had increased and possibly because of:

  • People knew we had more products to offer in the store,
  • We hope it was the fact that Good Service was offered.
  • Tim Horton being a silent ally advertising our business as customers picked up their coffee by way of the drive-thru or just noticing the business as they ate their lunch inside Tim Horton's.

Spring of 2000, another addition occurred to the retail building that housed the offices.  It was decided to build to the front of the building and add 5 new offices with a basement below for small group meetings.  This allowed more room for retail when the old offices were ripped out  within the store and the retail area was re-organized for better expansion of products.

It's not because of the Y2K scare or the Year 2000 that we began planning Sheep and Goat Meetings at the Dresden Arena  but we could see a true thirst for knowledge as to how to raise them.  Meeting was held usually in November and the meetings did prove to be beneficial to everyone as it did make it easier to bring future producers to the forefront that may have been thinking about starting to feed goats and sheep in this area.  Producers presently in the business, I'm sure learned other feeding guidelines from other producers as well as, from Shur Gain's Ruminant Specialist..

Main Speaker was the Ruminant Nutritionist, Brian Tarr from the St. Mary's Shur Gain office plus 1 or 2 other speakers would add to the program such as a veterinarian, local farmers with larger operations, abattoir owners, member from Sheet Growers etc. Eventually as years passed by, we had scheduled a couple barnyard visits offered by farmers raising sheep and goats.  Excellent opportunity for those wanting to view other set-ups and ask questions while on the farm.

In 2003, one third of the yard was paved to make it neater for the retail traffic and also, make it less dusty from the cars and trucks.

Shur Gain Mill in Highgate closed January 9, 2004.  Therefore more wear and tare on trucks picking feed up from St. Marys.  As a result, another truck was purchased and another driver helped with the extra trucking time.

September 2004, McBrayne Feed and Supply celebrated   50 years in business.  Door Prizes, small Petting Zoo,  Pet Photo contest plus a BBQ of Hotdogs, Hamburgs, Pop and/or Water and a huge birthday cake all added excitement to celebrate the day. 


Another change in the Fall of 2012   -  Bulk Feed was sold off and the manufacture of mixed feeds plain or medicated in pelleted or mash form would be delivered direct from Shur Gain/Nutreco to the livestock customer.

At this time, Carl MacLean began employment with Nutreco/Shur Gain to continue doing sales calls for the large feedlots.

Carl continues to work closely with McBrayne's explaining feed changes as well as, orders are emailed to St Marys for delivery by Nutreco/Shur Gain.

With the direct deliveries coming from St. Marys, McBrayne's it was decided to sell off a couple of their feed trucks for the reason, they would not be needing them.

Remaining at McBrayne Feed was a truck to continue local deliveries and pickups for Mill's orders of Soyameal, Whole Corn, Cracked Corn, Scratch Grain, Oats, Rolled Oats, Wheat, Barley and other grain requests ordered as Bulk.

We continued to offer bag deliveries every other week by a Van trailer for the areas of Chatham-Kent versus Lambton County.


Specialty Feeds that Expanded Over the Years

  • Pigeon Feed was requested by various owners that belonged to Pigeon Clubs.  The birds may be in competition for:

           * Judging Physical Appearance          * Racing

           * Rolling Performance in the air        * Meat 

      As a result of their particular request, we purchased      

      feed from another Mill that specialized in this area.

  • Equine business gradually grew and Shur Gain increased their Equiline Product Line to help feed the needs of horses in a nearby Race Track, Saddle Clubs, Show Horses, Barrel Racers, Equestrian Riders, Parade Horses plus horse owners that just enjoyed a leisurely trail ride with their horse.
  • Feeding rabbits for food consumption also increased in the sale of feed.
  • Chickens really increased from 1996 to 2019.  The Mill for example in 1996 sold 300 to 500 chicks for one delivery and it eventually was expanded to 7 deliveries between the months of April to September with May usually having two deliveries. The choices were for not only chicks but  ducks, and turkeys.  The Hatchery eventually planned three dates offering Ready-to-Lay birds.  Over the years, the RTL birds have really increased in numbers  Poultry numbers overall for the last few years for all poultry counted have had quantities in the vicinity of 12,000 to 13,000.
  • Organic Feed available upon request. It is manufactured at an Organic Mill.  If needed, customer orders at least by the middle of the month and it is delivered to our Mill about the middle of the next month.
  • Fish Food has increased dramatically in the last year.


On staff as of October 2019 is:    

             Allen and Bill McBrayne

            Jean McBrayne    

            Ken Mathewson

            Jacob Krahn               

            Will Brewer                

               Lloyd Elgie ((part-time)          

            Austin Lenover   (Part-time Student)


Look Forward to Seeing You at the OPEN HOUSE

October 5, 2019  -  8 a.m. to 2 p.m.