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Although the fall harvest has been grounded by the continuing rain of late, the good news on the corn front is the very low level of mycotoxin we are seeing in the crop that has already been received at our St. Mary’s plant. You can read more information on our toxin levels under Rich’s portion of this newsletter: Rich Remark’s.

  I recently spoke with Dustin Gamble, the Trouw Nutrition Procurement Manager who is responsible for sourcing the commodities that we use to manufacture our feeds in St. Mary’s. From all present indications he is of the opinion that there is more upside risk in the protein market than downside over the next several months. Despite the large canola acreage that is grown in the Canadian West for the first time ever a vessel load of canola has been imported into Eastern Canada to meet the strong demand for this ingredient. Due to the increasing appetite for DDGS, the current cost per unit of protein between soymeal and distillers is now identical. Historically DDGs have been priced cheaper in order to compete with soymeal which is normally the most popular protein source.

  The featured feed products this month are the Optivia Heifer mineral product line. 

  Buy breeding stock locally.

Sean McBrien and his wife live in Ridgetown.

Breeds are Southdown rams and ewes

Yearling rams can be registered if desired as well as the ewes

Call Sean's Cell:  519-437-1874


Rich's Remarks

Ontario Pork’s report on October 28, 2021 states that the  100% formula price was $180.89/ckg DW.  This is down $32.47 from last month’s newsletter. The CME price was $80.91, which is down $12.02 from last month’s newsletter.  The Canadian Dollar is at $0.80192, which is up $0.0206 from last month.

     OMAFRA’s Ontario Market Hog Price Trend Sheet is not being produced right now.  Therefore, I have looked at the futures numbers from Ontario Pork’s report on October 28, 2021 and calculated out the 100% formula prices for December $160.59, February $165.88, April $174.92, May $185.71, June $220.18, July $198.90, August $196.37 and October $165.92.  These numbers are down $17 to $31/cwt from last month’s newsletter.  The weaker CME futures and stronger Canadian Dollar are both not helping us.

     We have received 324 loads of new crop corn so far and >95% of these loads were less than 2 ppm vomitoxins (DON).  This is good news so far.  I am hearing good yields as well.  Now mother nature just needs to let up and let us get out there and harvest it.  Here is the link to the OMAFRA Mycotoxin Survey for this year.

     For those of you who didn’t receive the letter from Olymel or Ontario Pork, Olymel is converting a plant in Quebec to just further processing of hogs and will no longer be receiving live hogs at this plant.  This is going to reduce the number of Ontario hogs going to their facilities by 10,000 hogs per week.  This will create a lot of pressure on Ontario plants but most of these hogs will have to go to Maple Leaf in Brandon or to the USA.

Feed Cost (Corn, Soymeal and Premix)

Corn @ $277/Mt

Soybean Meal @ $518/Mt


Sows (27 p/s/y) = $14.53/piglet

Nursery = $14.52/pig

Grow/Finish (102kg HDW) = $99.93/pig

Total = $128.98/pig

These are significantly lower than last month’s newsletter

Colder Temperatures are Coming!

In addition to purchasing anti-freeze with its different strengths and advantages, when the wind blows, temperature drop and the landscape gets covered by snow, as a reminder, you will need ice scrapers, ice salt, snow shovels, winter gloves, mitts, toques, insulated coveralls and boots.

In stock, we have:

·         Both CSA or non - CSA insulated boots,

·         Insulated Coveralls in Tall, Regular and Short    


·         Toques, Mitts/Gloves

·         Warm socks

·         Long-Sleeved unlined coveralls

We have some insulated shirts but we have been told another shipment may not be here until the beginning of December.  We are hoping they come sooner rather than later.


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


Free for the Taking   

“The Messenger”  that is mailed to us regularly listing various topics of interest for those in the Sheep business.

A few topics in October 15 listing - Market Update, Grazing Livestock 2021 Webinar Series, District Contacts

October 22  – Upcoming Events, District 10 Sheep Tour, Farmer Wellness.

Ask us if you are interested and we can direct you to the information stand within the store.







Rodents are Moving

 In to Warmer Locations too.

With the crops coming off and the weather turning cooler, the mice and rats will be picking out their residence for the Winter. 

Remember to:  Re-Check, Re-Bait and Rotate to be most effective, then you are READY for Rodents

Ratak Pellet Packs

Weatherblok Chunks

Jaguar Pellet Packs

Jaguar Chunks Fast Draw      

Boothill Bars

Hombre Chunks

Hombre Bars

Bait Boxes

Sticky Boards

Mouse and Rat Traps 

  Restricted or Commercial 

           Rat/Mouse Bait

As a reminder, please update your name on file to include your updated Pesticide Licence in order to purchase, restricted or commercial Rat/Mouse Bait.

As stated – “Effective January 1, 2021 every farmer must be certified by successfully completing the Grower Pesticide Safety Course to purchase and use pesticides that are federally designated as Restricted or Commercial.  These pesticides are now classified as Class B and C in Ontario respectively.”

The regulatory amendments 63/09 of the Ontario Pesticides Act came into force on May 1, 2020 changing Class 4 restrictions. Beginning January 1, 2021 a farmer will need a Pesticide Certificate to purchase Restricted or Commercial Products. The amendments will include changes to training requirements for farmers as well. 




90’ x 16” overhead feed  conveyor with Patz

plow –   6 year old belt –  has always been

inside the barn

Contact Ethan @ 519-971-1665


3 to 4 (Osborne Style) Round ) Pig


Contact Trevor @ 519-331-6466

For Sale

            Muscovy Ducks  -  1 week to Adult

Call Carl: 519-809-4122



For Sale

Buy Breeding Stock locally.

Sean McBrien and his wife in Ridgetown have Southdown rams and ewes.  Yearling rams can be registered if desired, as well as the ewes.

Sean's Cell: 519-437-1874


Hydraulic Cattle Squeeze

Contact Caleb:  226-349-5885

Barn Fresh is a good product for absorbing moisture within horse stalls or Chicken Coops.  They are crushed up Diatomaceous Earth and Calcium Montmorillonite.

Neutralizes Ammonia –  Reduces animal stress and disease.

Increases weight gain and productivity.

Lowers Moisture

Drier litter and less manure gases.

Healthier for birds and animals

Reduces Costs

Saves time & money on bedding & cleaning.

Lowers heating and ventilating costs

Stall Dry is a very similar product to Barn Fresh but not ground as fine. It also, contains Diatomaceous Earth and Calcium Montmorillonite.

  • Non-caustic, non-toxic and non-corrosive.
  • Safe to use with all animals and is NOT harmful if consumed.
  • Able to absorb its own weight in liquid.
  • Eliminates moist environments where bacteria may grow.
  • Controls ammonia naturally while absorbing urine.
  • Lighter and provides more volume than Hydrated Lime.

  On the Lighter Side

-A snail takes 115 days to travel a mile.

-A bee uses 22 muscles to sting you.

-The great horned owl is the only animal that eats skunk.

-A pigeon’s feathers weigh more than its bones.

-Your hearing is not as sharp on a full stomach

-Cats can’t taste sweet things.

-Spiders have transparent blood.

-Adolf Hitler was Time Magazine’s Man of the Year  for 1938.

-In China, the day a baby is born it is considered 1 yr old.

-That sound you hear in the seashell is the echo of blood  pulsing in your ear.

-Dolphins have bigger brains than humans.

-The National Safety Council reports that the object most  often choked on is the toothpick.

-Female Armadillos have exactly four babies at a time and  they are always the same sex.

-Ping Pong is the National Sport of China

-Leonardo da Vinci could draw with one hand and write  with the other, at the same time.

-The Bride wears red in China.

-Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the  death of their cats.

-Rats can’t vomit

-An armadillo can be housebroken.

-Glass gets stronger the longer it is underwater, the  only known substance to do so.

-Because of a reflex action, a rattlesnake can bite you  up to an hour after it’s dead.

-The average human shed 40 pounds of skin in a  lifetime.


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