CHRISTMAS HOURS:

Dec. 24 & 31 — CLOSED AT NOON            Dec. 25 & 26 & Jan. 1 — CLOSED             

Sending our warmest thoughts and best wishes for a
wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. 
May the New Year bring good health and happiness to your home.
WRIGHT’S FEEDS ‘N NEEDS
Harold & Melanie
Hailey, Mike, Tom & Lauren

December has arrived and corn harvest continues to  be a challenge for farmers.  Fair-weather days seem to be hard to find with grey & snowy skies wreaking havoc on harvest progress.  Families are gearing up for the fast-approaching holiday season and all the busy things that come with it.  Days are getting shorter and nights are getting colder.  Summer birds are long gone and the remaining birds (and squirrels) are storing anything they can for the imminent winter.  Yards and gardens are tucked in for the winter ahead.  Winter ag meetings are filling up the calendar, too, and thoughts of seed corn and soybean orders are in everyone’s heads.

Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the hard work of our farmers and thank Ontario’s agri-food sector for the incredible bounty of fresh, safe & nutritious food we get to enjoy everyday 🙂  

NEWS!!!

The Wright’s family business was recently sold to Durham Farmers’ County Co-operative on Nov. 1, 2018 to realign in a changing market to keep the operation current and competitive and provide a larger support system and sales force.  This opportunity to amalgamate with DFCC was a good fit for the business and will benefit all parties, including the agricultural community of Blackstock and surrounding areas that Harold & Melanie have been proud to serve for over thirty-four years.

Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs will continue to operate under the same name and brand that customers have come to associate with this location, maintaining its existing employees as well as the Shur-Gain livestock feed, farm, home and garden supplies that customers are accustomed to.

Harold and Melanie Wright plan to stay involved as managers of the business throughout the transition period and their mission and values that they stand by in the agricultural retail world will continue to be important to the success of this new venture.

    

DAY-OLD MEAT & LAYER CHICKS & TURKEYS POULTS:

Our 2018 Chick Days are complete — Please check back February 2019 for next year’s chick dates and pricing.  

DUCKLINGS, GOSLINGS, GUINEA HEN KEETS & PHEASANTS:

Our 2018 Ducks, Goslings & Game Bird Days are complete — Please check back February 2019 for next year’s chick dates and pricing. 

READY-TO-LAY CHICKENS:

Our 2018 Ready-to-Lay Pullet orders are complete — Please check back in February 2019 for next year’s dates and pricing for Ready-to-Lay Hens.

We can’t set an pre-determined date as it’s not an exact science for when our order will arrive.  Simply place your order with us and we will contact you when we know when delivery date to our store will be — You can decide then if this date works for you.  Unfortunately, we don’t carry birds over to after delivery date — Hens must be picked up delivery day.  ***Please note:  Our policy for any orders of six birds or less must be paid when ordering.

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BACKYARD BIRDS:

For feeding your feathered friends, we have all the bird feeders, feed, peanuts, suet and other backyard wildlife supplies to keep them visiting your back yard.  

Follow this link: ‘YOUR BIRDS & WILDLIFE’ to visit our page where you’ll find valuable information on both hosting and deterring backyard wildlife.

BACKYARD WILDLIFE:

For those who enjoy seeing deer graze on their property, Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs manufactures their own custom Deer Mix that will attract deer to visit plus we stock whole corn, grains, deer & salt blocks.  **Watch for our custom deer mix to come back in stock in mid-late August — It’s only available during fall & winter seasons when there is less access to food for deer in the wild.

LAWN & GARDEN:

THINGS TO DO THIS MONTH  — with excerpts from gardening gurus Mark & Ben Cullen’s Newsletter

Order seed catalogues. We received our 2019 Veseys catalogue this week. www.veseys.com

 
 

Save your real Christmas tree to stand in your garden for the winter.  Hang suet on it and let the birds forage.

 
 
 
 

Apply Wilt-pruf to broad-leaved evergreens like boxwood, holly and the like, to prevent winter desiccation (apply when temperatures are above freezing).  Use Wilt-Pruf on your Christmas tree to help it retain moisture longer.

Feed the birds & keep feeders clean.  Birds wintering in the south will be on their way back over the next month or so —  Clean your feeders again  and fill with Wright’s Premium Wild Bird Seed — Birds love it!  Also available are sunflower seed, safflower seed, peanuts (both in and out of the shell), nyjer seed, lots of varieties of suet, corn cobs and lots of feeders for all types of backyard birds.

Drop by our store for many great gift ideas for the gardener and birder on your Christmas list.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Start your amaryllis bulbs now to make sure you are ready for our 2019 amaryllis photo contest.  Every year we host an amaryllis photo contest.  You will find contest details in our February newsletter.  
Start your amaryllis now and take photos when the fabulous blooms are at their peak.  You can view last year’s contest entries here.
 

Pick up a Poinsettia plant to brighten your holiday home. Poinsettias may be popular in the winter but they cannot stand freezing temperatures. In the walk from the store to the car, be sure to wrap your plant in a plastic bag. A good store will provide you with cold protection, no questions asked. Choose a bright room in the house but do not place the poinsettia in direct light.  Remove the decorative wrapping (it looks good but it hinders proper air flow and water drainage). Unlike many other plants, the poinsettia’s soil will need to stay slightly moist. Watering will depend heavily on your home’s climate.

Relax, enjoy and indulge.  Our long Canadian winter provides lots of time to be alone and to work off the excess of the holiday season.

GARDEN HOW-TO VIDEOS:

Canada’s gardening gurus, Mark Cullen & son, Ben, had a great time shooting new videos in the garden.  Here are a few  gardening videos that will inform and entertain you — Check them out:

How-To Deadhead Annuals and Perennials

The Benefits of Mulch

Plant Selection for the East Side of Your Home

News and Events:

Are you looking to buy more Canadian Products?:

Uxbridge resident, Tyler Campbell recently created an online resource for those looking to buy more Canadian products. The “Made In Canada” website provides information about goods that are made by Canadian companies and/or manufactured within Canada. The site currently has about 234 listings spread across 16 categories–from grocery store items to furniture to car products. Visit madeinca.ca to find out if you’re buying Canadian.

The farmers of Willowtree Farm.Congratulations to Jordan and Alex McKay of Willowtree Farm for being named both Canada’s and Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers!

Brothers Jordan and Alex McKay of Willowtree Farm in Port Perry, along with Craig and Jinel Ference of Double F Farms in Alberta, were recently announced as the national winners of the 2018 Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers program. The program is an annual competition for farmers aged 18 to 39 years of age that exemplify excellence in their profession and promote the contribution of agriculture. The McKay brothers were recognized for transforming their dairy into a vertically integrated farm that focuses on farm fresh local food. The Ference’s and McKay’s were chosen from seven regional finalists.  

Brothers Jordan and Alex McKay were recently selected as Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2018 for their work at Willowtree Farm in Port Perry. Jordan and Alex developed unique ways to sell and use their produce in their year-round market and have designed the market to tell a story about buying local food. For more information, visit WillowTreeFarm.ca.

Video: The real dirt on farming in Clarington

The Clarington Board of Trade produced a a home-grown, engaging video to highlight agriculture in Clarington. Told by members of the Clarington agriculture community, the video describes the realities and rewards of farming as a business and as a passion. The video aims to inspire and encourage viewers to learn more about the importance of farming.  To view the video, visit youtube.com.

The Region of Durham Agricultural Strategy set for an update, with highlighted focus on current issues in the agriculture and agri-food sectors

The Region of Durham Agricultural Strategy (2013 to 2018) was developed by the Region of Durham in consultation with industry stakeholders from across the agriculture sector to provide a vision and guiding principles to support the growth and viability of the agriculture and agrifood industry in Durham. Staff from Durham’s Economic Development and Tourism Division are in initial consultations to develop a strategy for the next five years and will meet with key stakeholders through facilitated community engagement sessions in 2019.  For more information, visit contact Lisa MacKenzie, Agriculture Program Co-ordinator, at Lisa.MacKenzie@durham.ca.
 

Vibrant North Durham Strategy update

The Vibrant North Durham Economic Development Plan 2013 to 2018 (the Plan) was developed in partnership with the Region of Durham and the Townships of Scugog, Uxbridge and Brock (north Durham) to maximize opportunities to build a strong and resilient economy. An updated Plan and individual Township Action Plans are required to reflect the changing economic environment of north Durham, updated planning legislation, changes to workforce standards and new political environments. Over the coming months, staff will be reaching out to north Durham businesses and organizations to gather their input and feedback on updating the Plan.  To learn more, contact Stacey Jibb, Rural Economic Development Co-ordintor at Stacey.Jibb@durham.ca.

Durham Farm Connections Celebrate Agriculture Awards

The annual Durham Farm Connections Celebrate Agriculture Gala featured a special presentation of the Celebrate Agricultural Awards, which honours those who made an impact on the region’s farming sector. Congratulations to the 2018 winners: Mitch Morawetz (Leadership Award), Harvey Graham (Spirit of Agriculture Award) and Gallery on the Farm-The Bowman Family (Family Farm Award).

For more information, visit DurhamFarmConnections.ca

Input needed on new Agri-food Education and Event Centre in Durham Region 

The Durham Region Federation of Agriculture (DRFA) is currently conducting a feasibility study and business/marketing plan for an Agri-food Education and Event Centre, which could benefit Durham residents and businesses as well as attract visitors to the region.  
 
DRFA is asking for feedback from residents on the amenities that might be included within the Centre; whether you would use them; what your organization might be prepared to pay; and your thoughts about an ideal location for the Centre.
 
If you would like to provide feedback, take the DRFA Agri-Food Education and Event Centre Potential User Survey.

The Durham Region 5 Million Trees Program is part of the Durham Community Climate Change Local Action Plan, with the goal of increasing forest cover in the region by approximately 2,800 hectares.  To be eligible, landowners must have 2.5 acres of non-agricultural land to plant.  Forests Ontario plants the trees at a highly subsidized rate and checks their survival at various intervals in the following few years.  Learn more about Durham Region’s 5 Million Trees Program.

The On-Farm Childcare Program, offered by Durham Farm and Rural Family Resources (DFRFR), is designed to provide quality child care for farm families who reside in Durham where at least one of the parents’ primary source of income is through a farm operation.  The program operates from May to September and allows parents to concentrate on farm work during peak times, without having their children in the workplace.  Learn  more about the On Farm Childcare Program.

Antimicrobials Resistance Update — 2018

As of December 1, 2018, all Medically Important Antimicrobials (MIAs) for veterinary use will be sold by prescription only.   Antimicrobial drugs like antibiotics are important to fight bacterial infections in humans and animals.   All medically important antimicrobials will be on the Prescription Drug List – Products for Veterinary Use

You will need to get a prescription from a veterinarian for your animals for:

Prescription drugs (including, for example, injectables, in-water and in-feed formulations).  You will be able to buy these drugs from a veterinarian or pharmacist.  Importation rules will continue as per existing Food and Drug Regulations.

Prescription medicated feed – This is livestock feed that contains a prescription drug, including supplements, macro & micro premixes and complete feed.  You will be able to buy these medicated feeds from a commercial feed mill, veterinarian or pharmacist with a veterinary prescription.

The Prescription Drug List (PDL) is a list of medicinal ingredients. Any drug containing an ingredient on this list must be sold by prescription.  Since 2004, new MIAs approved by Health Canada have been included on the PDL and must be sold by prescription.  We are now moving all remaining MIAs approved for veterinary use before 2004 to the PDL. With this change, we establish the same level of oversight for those MIAs approved before 2004 as for those approved after.

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