Labour Day usually is the sign that Summer had ended and everyone was out celebrating their last Hurrah whether it was boating, camping, swimming etc with their families. Also, it is usually the weekend that parents were moving students to their residences in University or College.


CHICK DAYS are done for 2021 !

A definite sign of Fall is when Chick Days end for the year.

     September 8 is or will be our last Delivery Date 

Next year 2022, the news of it starting again will not be until the end of February when the emails and mailings go out.

If you ordered in 2021, hopefully we have entered the email addresses correctly.  Mailings may be cut back a bit if you have not ordered.  We are trying to cut back mailings and depend on emails more.

If you don’t get notice by either email or postal mail by the end of February, call the office or come into the office. 

The orders start going into the hatchery the end of February and into March.  First delivery is usually the second Tuesday of April. 


Shur Gain AUGUST Feed Specials

 $2.00 Off per Bag              


 Shur Gain Easy Creep Beef Ration 


22% Express Calf Starter Textured

22% Rapid Gain Calf Starter Pellets


             $2.00 off per Bag

16% Homestead Rabbit Ration Pellets

16% Rabbit Ration Medicated





Article that just missed the June newsletter.     


  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

     Do you have patches to fix or a whole lawn to seed?

They say this time of year is good for growth.  The days are a little cooler but with lots of sunshine, occasional rainfall and usually in the morning, there could be dew.

Ontario Pork’s report on August 27, 2021 states that the 100% formula price was $238.52/ckg DW.  This is down $14.35 from last month’s newsletter.  The CME price was $104.06, which is down $8.00 from last month’s newsletter.  The Canadian Dollar is at $0.7905, which is down $0.0127 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 August 27, 2021 and calculated out the 100% formula prices for October $201.84, December $186.81, February $191.06, April $194.56, May $200.56 and June $211.29 and July $210.13.  The nearby months are up from last month’s newsletter while further out months are down slightly.  Next summer is looking good again.  Hopefully commodity prices will cooperate and reduce our feed costs.

     Wheat is pulling into a lot of diets currently.  It is a better value than corn as of today.  I am hearing a lot of producers are trying to ship wheat to the processors and they are having loads rejected because of poor falling numbers.  Poor falling number have no affect on the nutritional value so a suggestion would be to buy up some wheat to feed. 


Feed Cost (Corn, Soymeal and Premix)

Corn @ $354/Mt

Soybean Meal @ $530/Mt

Sows (27 p/s/y) = $17.11/piglet

Nursery = $15.93/pig

Grow/Finish (102kg HDW) = $117.96/pig

Total = $151.00/pig



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. 



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




All three of our featured feed products this month are popular dairy and beef calf feeds: the textured 22% Express CalfStarter, the pelletted 22% Rapid Gain Calf Starter, and the pelletted 16% Easy Creep Beef ration.

Each include Rumensin as an aid in the prevention of coccidiosis in young calves before their immunity is fully developed.  The September discount makes this a perfect time to try any of these products in your herd if you are not already feeding them.  The improvement in growth potential, health & nutritional requirement is so great makes the cost much less than you might think.

     I recently received a report from our Quality Assurance Manager in St. Mary’s on the Vomitoxin (DON) Levels we have seen in the most common feed ingredients received at our mill since the 2020 harvest until now.  There have been 1,878 samples pulled.  The average is 0.89 ppm ranging from nil to 5.4 ppm. 91% of loads sampled were less than 2 ppm.  On the other hand 77% of the DDG sample were in excess of 4 ppm.  The 150 sample average is 5.9 ppm with the maximum being 11.7 ppm.  Those loads which cannot be used in feed production for less sensitive species are rejected prior to being unloaded.  As a company, it is far less expensive for us to test our feed ingredients upon arrival than having to deal with the consequences of suspect quality after the fact when the animals reject it on-farm.



     The Outdoor Farm Show has been reinstated this year although in a different format which will see the livestock show being held on Tuesday and Wednesday Sept 21-22 prior to the crop production show on Thursday/Friday.   I suspect that the intent is to restrict the number of attendees as we continue to grapple with the continuing coronavirus situation.

     The strong commodity prices ($8.50 corn and $17.00 soybeans) continue to have an adverse effect on every single item that farmers purchase whether it be for livestock, equipment, fertilizer, chemical, seed or fuel, and whether it be legitimate or not. That, too, is probably because of covid, an excuse that we have all grown weary of hearing.



-  8-10 used concrete fence line feeders. 

   Contact Del @ 519-358-2452

 - Mini donkey preferably a baby. 

    Call Dawn Toll 519-466-7523


Kittens (about 15) available near  Watford. 

All under 10 weeks old.  

Some are ready to go now, others will be 

ready the end of August 

Contact Rachel @ 1-519-670-6506

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 Frederik @ 519-464-6760


Plan ahead as McBraynes are vacationing from the office.


OPEN   -      Saturday, Sept 4   (8 a.m. to 12 Noon)

CLOSED -     Monday, Sept 6 for LABOUR DAY

CLOSED -     Sunday

OPEN -        Tuesday, Sept 7   


Available is:      10-10-10                      16-16-16

                         21-6-12                       6-24-24

In the Fall it is wise to keep the nitrogen low and the phosphorous and potash high. (6-24-24)

Higher phosphorous and potash are good for the roots to toughen the roots and for better growth in the Spring. 

Grubs do not like tough roots to eat. 

If you use high amount of nitrogen, the grass does grow quicker but it causes the roots to become softer as the grass is working harder to produce the top growth.  Also if the weather changes quickly in the Fall before you are able to cut the grass, the excess growth will cause a lot of top, brown, matted grass in the Spring. 


     On the Lighter Side:


Great Truths that Little Children have Learned:

-No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.

-When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don’t let her brush    

  your hair.

-If your sister hits you, don’t hit her back.  They always  

  catch the second person.

-Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.

-You can’t trust dogs to watch your food.

-Don’t sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.

-Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.

-You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.

-Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.

Great Truths that Adults have Learned:

Raising teenagers is like nailing Jello to a    tree.

- Wrinkles don’t hurt.

- Families are like fudge … mostly sweet, with

   a few nuts.

-Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut 

    that held its ground.

-Laughing is good exercise.  It’s like jogging  

  on the inside.

-Middle age is when you choose your cereal  

   for the fibre, not the toy.

Great Truths about Growing Old

- Growing Old is mandatory;  growing up is optional.

- Forget the health food.  I need all the preservatives I can get.

-When you fall-down, you wonder what else you can do 

  while  you are down there.

-You are getting old when you get the same sensation from a  

     rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.

- It’s frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody  

     bothers to ask you the questions.

- Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.

- Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.

Always remember to forget the troubles that pass your way;

BUT NEVER forget the blessings that come each day. 

Remain calm!