August 2009
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 Farmers Forum 5th  Annual Photo Contest 2009

This year's theme:

First Place

"Nothing like working in the dirt." — Sydney DeVries of Finch, Ontario

Second Place
"Kitty in the milk" — Tracy Dafoe, of Havelock, Ontario

Third Place
"Good morning, Sweetie" —Carl Buker, of Prescott, Ontario

Honourable mention
"Cat Nap" — Ron and Susan LaJoie, of Green Valley, Ontario

Honourable mention
"Kids at work" — Julie Dawson, of Lanark, Ontario

Honourable mention
"He's got claws" — Hugh McEwen, Metcalfe, Ontario

Honourable mention
Julie Dawson, of Lanark, Ontario

Honourable mention
Sydney DeVries, of Finch, Ontario

Honourable mention
Sarah Downing, of Little Britian, Ontario

Honourable mention
Cheslea Webb, of Gananoque, Ontario

     Loving organic

 THEY SAID IT:       

"On my knees."
— Pieter Biemond, Ontario organic dairy farmer, when asked how he handled the toughest moments in his business.

Required for Eastern Ontario Farmers Forum newspaper. Must have knowledge of agricultural community, some journalism experience and a vehicle. Eight-month contract, three days a week. Learn everything there is to know about a newspaper. You will write, research, edit, design pages, take photographs and visit farms. BYOB- bring your own boots. Send resume to


Livestock for sale

PUREBRED BLACK ANGUS – Bio-tested bulls. Bred cows and heifers. Twin Creek Farm, Doug Scott. Call 613-989-2398

FRESH DAIRY COWS/SPRINGERS – Continuous supply of fresh cows and first calvers for sale. Springers, bred and open heifers and cows wanted. Don Brubacher (613) 582-3369 (home), (613) 433-2306-cell. Beachburg.

BLACK ANGUS – Purbred bulls and females always for sale. If we don’t have what you need, I will try to find it for you. Call Michael Ault at 613-652-2403.

PUREBRED HOLSTEIN – service age bulls for sale. Full pedigrees. Delivery available. James Cooper, Cardinal 613-652-4145.

MORGAN HORSES – Purebred production sale, 2009 foals, yearling colts & fillies, 3 two year old fillies, stallion, gelding, some mares, some matched pairs. Starting at $500. Colt special. Evenings 905-355-2689 or

BLONDE BULLS - Proven bloodlines, 25 years selecting for muscle, calving ease and temperament. Can e-mail photos. Matthew Unger Heartwood Farms 705-652-1201

FOR SALE -- Purebred, polled, black Maine-Anjou, yearling bulls bio-tested, 4 ½ lbs. daily gain. Very quiet. Call Dave Perry. 613-377-6668 (evenings). 613-536-4061 (daytime).

FOR SALE – Belgian Blue Bull, 17 months old. Three quarters Belgian, One quarter Charolais. White, well muscled. Excellent confirmation. $1,600.00. Call 705-652-7317.

LIMOUSIN BULL - One purebred polled, registered Limousin bulls, 16-months, quiet, well-muscled. . R.O.P. tested at Douglas Bull Test Station. Arnprior area. Call 613-623-3363 or 613-257-2522.

FOR SALE - 2 year old Purebred Jersey heifer. Bred for September. Phone 613-258-3544, evening 613-258-5867.

Equipment for sale

FOR SALE – Kvernland bale wrapper, 3 pt hitch. In great shape. Frank Casselman 613-448-2476 or 613-978-1816

NEW - J.K. Reid Deluxe cattle chute w/headgate $3000, EZI Weigh, (6600 lb cap.) w/indicator $3500.00, Lely cow brush (sgl) motorized $1800
Used - Jaylor vertical trailer mixer 600 cu ft w/front discharge $29,800 Patz Std. Model 400 B/C. Drive - Recond. $1600. Byers Farm Equipment 613-448-2185.

FOR SALE – Industrial wood chipper, 7 inch 4 cylinder Ford engine. Excellent condition $5,000 obo. 613-453-6664.

FOR SALE - 3 New Holland tandem forage wagons, 1 New Holland 890 corn harvester, 1 hayhead to fit 890 corn harvester never been used, 1 Hesston 1085 haybine, 1 Calsa sprayer 40ft boom, 1 #27 New Holland silage blower. Call 613-735-6211 – Cobden area.

FOR SALE - International 403 combine, 6 cylinder gas engine, hydrostat, 4 row corn head, spare feeder house. In good shape. Farmall H, 1977 Allis Chalmers six row planter, air champ planting units. Call 613-347-2867

FOR SALE - Combine: White 7300, pick-up head, 1500 hours. Excellent condition. IH 10 ft. swather. Both for $5,500. Call 613-832-2988.

FOR SALE - J.D 4400 Combine diesel. AC. Straw spreader. Always shedded. Field ready. Low hrs. Owners manual. $9000. 613-432-3795 Cell 613-432-1781 Renfrew.

FOR SALE - J.D 3300 Combine gas. Very low engine hrs. Straw spredder. Wheel weights. Always shedded. Field ready. Owners manual. $5000. 613-432-3795 Cell 613-432-1781 Renfrew.

FOR SALE – New Holland 848 round baler. Wide pickup. bale command 5200 obo. 613-587-4293.


SLIPPERY BARN FLOORS – resurfacing slippery barn floors. Competitive prices. Phone 613-679-4133

SILO GUNNITE — we will restore all makes of silos in Eastern Ontario with Spray Gunnite. Call Rob Sangers for a quote. 613-545-0855. Kingston, Ontario.

. – prompt removal of dead and crippled cattle. Call the number nearest you. Tweed: 613-478-2713; Kingston: 613-548-8839; Gananoque: 613-382-4242.

Misc. for sale

CEDARS – Cedar trees,
3 ft. to 6 ft. Cedar plantations wanted. Call collect 819-663-6504.

VEHICLES FOR SALE Credit problems? In-house
financing is easy, just apply on line & become approved. For clean, low mileage vehicles or call Car-o-line Autos @ 1-877-820-5598 or 613-448-2488.

LARGE SQUARE BALES - 2008 and 2009 crop. Call Yves 613-679-115 or 613-677-1756 (cell)

WOOD HAY - 300 large square 3’x3’x6’ wrapped new crop. 500 3’x3’x8’ dry hay, new crop. Call 613-561-6178

FARM GATES – Assorted gates, sizes 10 ft., 12 ft, 14 ft and 16 ft. long. Some Smale gates. Good prices. Call 613-258-5193

LARGE SQUARE BALES – 250 bales of 2008 Timothy/Alfalfa Mix hay. Bales are 3’x3’x8’ in excellent condition and stored inside. Almonte 613-256-4463

ROUND BALES – from 2008 for sale.160 round bales from 2008 crop of hay. Bales are stored under tarp on cement pad. Almonte 613-256-4463.


WANTED - Looking to purchase ongoing dairy farm. Eastern Ontario, 40-100 kilos, freestall barn, 200-300 acres.

TIMOTHY ALFALFA HAY - small, square bales. 45 lbs., green, dust free. Cash for truck load. Call 613-925-4075.











This year, Iroquois' Pieter Biemond marked his 20th anniversary of organic
dairy farming. He recently sat down with Farmers Forum and says that going organic was
the best decision he ever made.

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Legends of the Ministry of No Resources
When you used to deal with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources you could actually speak to a live person, and
they were fun to talk to.  

Lessons we learned the hard way: A story of brown over black and white
Angela Dorie says that Holsteins are significantly harder to deal with, and end up being more costly than jerseys.

New Verified Beef Production program available on website
Dr. Robert Tremblay on
the new program released
in July by the Canadian
Food Inspection Agency.

Miscanthus: Financially viable or not?
Perennial grass is the darling of the bio-ethanol industry, but it is costly and can not be seeded.  




Pieter Biemond, pictured alongside  son/partner Joshua, has been an organic dairy farmer for  20 years. The occasion was celebrated on July 25 with a Murray McLaughlin concert on his Iroquois farm.


Ontario sheep producers prepare to expand 40%
A survey shows that Ontario sheep producers will expand significantly, due to an increase in market demand.  

Coldest July in 17 years
Farmers are begging for a dry fall as July saw broken records for low temperatures and rainfall in eastern and east-central Ontario.

Farmers can't get insurance to cover damages caused by 'species at risk': Pearse
Habitats of 187 at-risk species cannot be impeded by farmers.

Farmers recover with bakery
Pounded by the ice storm and Mad Cow, two Perth farmers opened an on-farm store and bakery.

Fruits and vegetable production down
Acreage planted down three per cent from last year in Canada.

Heavy political pressure needed against Clean Water Act, farmers say
Provincial act would deny farming within 100 metres of municipal well-heads with no compensation. 

Five convicted of illegal hunting
Two go to jail.

Kelsey Mode wins 4-H showcase
Almost 125 members compete for more than $10,000 in prizes.

Oversupply of organic milk reduces premiums
Less market growth and lower organic premiums than in 2008.

McMillan brothers dominate 4-H show
Morgan McMillan won the Grand Champion Showmanship award, while Ethan McMillan took Grand Champion calf. 

Two great old ladies win Ontario Summer Show
Nine year old Bridgeview Gibson Dottie won Grand Champion Female, while 8-year-old Bruynland Storm Kendra.

Attack of the wild parsnips: Burns can be 'quite severe'
The weed has exploded in population in eastern Ontario and can cause serious chemical burns.



Amazing light display using sheep

Lamb born with two heads

How Not to Market Your Corn