January 2020

JANUARY   2020

                   Happy New Year !

The year 2020.  Doesn't the year remind you of the 20/20 show on T.V.   Think of the world as a Stage!  From this month on, hopefully you have a happy, successful year to talk about during 2020 into 2021.




Save $2.00 / Bag  

            or    $25 per MT  (2 tonne minimum)



  • 16% Lamb Starter Ration - Medicated and           Non-Medicated
  • 18% Lamb Creep Feed - Medicated or  Non-medicated
  • 20% Kid Goat Starter (Plain or VPM)
  • Equiline Fat 'N Fibre Pellet      


Carl's Corner

     A unique phrase caught my attention when I was skimming over the South-West Vet Services monthly newsletter.  I give them full credit and wish each of you a "Frisky New Year" following what I hope was a happy and Merry Christmas season for you and your family.  Here we are already into the new year of 2020 and those of us who remember all the hype and hysteria surrounding the pages of the calendar flipping over to the year 2000 are now 20 years older and wiser.  Whether we are ready for it or not the years continue to roll by and it seems that they are doing so at an increasingly faster pace.

     Elsewhere in this newsletter, Jean has highlighted the Small Ruminant products we are promoting this month.  If you are lambing or kidding in January or February, these specials are worth taking advantage of.  Should you choose to take your feed in bulk loads rather than bags the discount is $25/tonne off the regular weekly price.  As for the bags, the $2.00 discount applies to whatever quantity you require whether that be 1 bag or 100.

     I am told that local soymeal values are expected to very likely soften this month when the ability to export by ship is limited due to our lakes freezing over.  The completion of a new crush plant in Michigan this month will also make more product available to the market which should cause the current plants  to respond positively to the increased competition







Hoof Trimming Needed

Contact :

              Southwestern Hoof Trimming  est 1977

                        Ryan Kent @  519-777-0783  (cell)

                                   519-695-6952 (Home)



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





Rich's Remarks

     Ontario Pork’s report on December 31, 2019 states that the 100% formula price was $136.90 ckg DW.  This is down $3.53 since last month’s newsletter.  The CME price was $58.11 which is down $0.48 from last month’s newsletter.  


     For pigs placed in January, OMAFRA’s Ontario Market Hog Price Trend Sheet for December 20, 2019 is predicting a 100-index price of $186.44/cwt for when they go to market.  This is up $6.82/cwt from the number I showed in last month’s newsletter.  I know prices in December we tough but hang in there. This report is call for prices to be in mid $160’s per cwt by mid-January and $170 to $180 in February.  In mid-May, the report is saying prices will be back over $200 per cwt.


     On December 2, the Ontario Government introduced Bill 156 – the new proposed legislation, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act – is designed to protect Ontario farms and animals from intruders.  Response from farmers supporting this new bill has been minimal where protestors responses have been numerous.  Please take time to fill out the letter on the OFA website (link below) to show your support and pass it on to friends and neighbours.




     The upcoming year is shaping up to be a good year.  We have good corn, lower ingredient costs and promising hog prices.  Now if Mother Nature will play nice so we can crops in the ground and off, we will have a great year.


Take care and talk to you soon.



Upcoming Events


January 21st – Kent County Pork Producers’ Annual Meeting – Ridgetown College (5pm)

February 19th – South Western Ontario Pork Conference

March 31st – April 1st – London Swine Conference



NEW  TREATS for Fido  

New Nutri-Choice Advantage - Oven Baked Dog Treats

        Flavours -  Peanut Butter & Honey

                          Chicken & Sweet Potato

                          (Size:  454 gram or 1 lb.)

                                  $3.99 / package

Other Biscuits available:   

Nutri-Choice Super Saver in a green box- $1.59 / box.



-   103 Gallon Galv.

     Farm Stock Tank 2 x 2 x 4'

  Sale Price $149.99  Regular Price: $199.99

·     Bounty Paper Towels (Large 12 Rolls)

   Sale Price $29.99    Regular Price $39.99

·    Aluminum #8  Grain Scoop

    Sale Price: $35.99   Regular Price: $59.99

·    5-tine Manure Fork

     Sale Price $45.99  Regular Price: $55.99


New Year's Reminiscing worth Remembering.

By looking over the many years that have passed, there have been changes in appliances, technology, new words because of technology, inflation plus just thoughts of what we did say to one another everyday.   If you are old enough, you will recognize most of the memorable thoughts listed below :

·         Be sure to refill the ice trays, we're going to have company.

·         Watch for the postman, I want to get this letter to Willie in the mail today.

·         Quit slamming the screen door when you go out!

·         Be sure and pull the windows down when you leave, it looks like a shower is coming up.

·         Don't forget to wind the clock before you go to bed.

·         Wash your feet before you go to bed, you've been playing outside all day barefooted.

·         You have torn the knees out of that pair of pants so many times, there is nothing left to put a patch on.

·         Don't you go outside with your school clothes on!

·         Go comb your hair, it looks like the rats have nested in it all night.

·         Quit jumping on the floor!  I have a cake in the oven and you are going to make it fall if you don't quit!

·         Let me know when the Fuller Brush man comes by, I need to get a few things from him.

·         Remember to set out the empty milk bottles, then we had better be home in time to put them in the refrigerator.

·         Watch for the bread man.  We should order butter today too.

·         There's a dollar in my purse, get 5 gallons of gas when you go to town.

·         Open the back door and see if we can get a breeze through here, it is getting hot.

·         You can walk to the store; it won't hurt you to get some exercise.

·         Don't sit too close to the TV.  It is hard on your eyes.

·         Be sure and fill the lamps this morning so we don't have to do that tonight in the dark.

·         Here, take this old magazine to the toilet with you when you go, we are almost out of paper out there.

·         Go out to the well and draw a bucket of water so I can wash dishes.

·         Don't turn the radio on now, I want the battery to be up when the Grand Ole Opry comes on.

·         No!  I don't have 10 cents for you to go to the show.  Do you think money grows on trees?

·         Eat those turnips, they'll make you big and strong like your daddy.

·         That dog is NOT coming in this house!  I don't care how cold it is out there, dogs don't stay in the house.

·           If you get a spanking in school and I find out about it, you'll get another one when you get home.

·         Hush your mouth!  I don't want to hear words like that!  I'll wash your mouth out with soap!