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Re: Pic: Some sad Barns

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farmer boy

01-24-2013 14:36:24

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You're not as far east as I thought. I was thinking more like Peterborugh to Perth. You're closer to Port Perry if you're only 2 hours from Cookstown. I've seen cattle from Quebec in Keady, I can't really figure out how it's worth shipping them here. Guys tend to be careful around eastern cattle, so any premium that Keady or Brussels brings on western cattle usually doesn't apply to eastern cattle. I still have trouble understanding cattle farming in the east. Must be a REALLY tough business.

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Old Harv

01-24-2013 16:22:54

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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to farmer boy, 01-24-2013 14:36:24  
I live in North Eastern Ontario near Earlton where the plowing match was about 4 years ago. There is a sales barn in New Liskeard 15 miles away, but when I had cattle it almost always paid to send them to Brussels, Cookstown, or even Kitchener. In New Liskeard there are only 2 big buyers. They both buy a pot load of cattle and haul them to Cookstown or Brussels and resell them, and make a living at it. Trucking to Cookstown was only double trucking to Liskeard, and the commision was cheaper in Cookstown as well. Now I have sheep, and the price in Cookstown or Brussels is double what I would get locally. I wouldn't sell a dead sheep here. This is a different world that southern eastern Ontario, but it likely has similar circumstances.

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Bruce from Can.

01-24-2013 14:51:37

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 Re: Pic: Some sad Barns in reply to farmer boy, 01-24-2013 14:36:24  
Farmer boy, we lived,and farmed on Scugog Island till 2004, and I went to High school in Port Perry.Our farm was the last to produce milk on Scugog Island, in 1981 when I started there were 8 milk shippers.Port Perry is just too close to Toronto. Bruce

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