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Bio-Ag Summer 2020 Newsletter

Summer Newsletter 2020!

Welcome to our latest summer newsletter! If this is your first time please enjoy various articles written by the staff here at Bio-Ag Consultants & Distributors.  Every quarter we bring you new and exciting content about industry trends, agricultural events and more.  We always welcome comments from our readers and even provide ad space when available.  If you want to receive an emailed copy or paper copy please call our office and our call takers will be happy to put you on our mailing list!  For all other inquiries please click here:

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Inside this issue:

  • From the President
  • Guest Article: Ruth Knight on 2020 Crop Season
  • Greenwood Clinic Updates
  • Upcoming Monthly Specials
  • Dates to Remember
  • Customer Appreciation Day Announcement
  • Updated AR Policy
  • Recipe Corner: Refrigerator Bars


Happy Reading!





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To Our Valued Customers

To Our Valued Customers


Bio-Ag is open and producing premixes and supplements. However, we are asking clients to avoid coming to the office. It is crucial that we minimize staff to exposure so we can keep providing those important products you need. If you must pick up at the office, please conduct the transaction by phone/email/fax. Staff will leave the product on our pickup dock. If you need assistance at loading, please request that when placing the order. 


Phone: 1800.363.5278 or 519.656.2460

Fax: 519.656.2534


Thanks for your patience and understanding,

Parry Bast

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Bio-Ag and Auswill Farms

Customer Spotlight - Auswill Farms


Mike Schumacher is a 3rd generation farmer, with 2015 marking the centennial for Auswill Farms. 



Originally purchased by his grandfather is 1915, Mike and his wife Brenda bought the farm in 1995.  Their son AJ helps out, and of course, grandson Liam likes to pitch in too.


The Schumacher's choose to use all IP seeds and compliments that choice with  Bio-Ag products such as

Bio-Lac/Seaweed/Sugar, Ocean Harvest Dried Seaweed Meal, Perma-Guard (DE), Bio-Ag Kelp Fertilizer, Black Earth, and Bio-Ag Calf Starter.  They use the Bio-Lac/Seaweed/Sugar to help with fermentation and feel the cows are healthier and are better milkers due to the high quality of their corn silage.






The Schumacher's are longtime customers of Bio-Ag and we wish them continued success and many more generations of farmers to come


PCAI Bio-Lac/Dried Seaweed Meal/Sugar
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May Special - Bio-Ag Custom Forage Prduct

Bio-Ag Custom Forage Product

PCAI Bio-Lac/Dried Seaweed Meal/Sugar

Get 5% Off for the Month of May


To control ensiling temperatures, reduce nutrient loss and produce sweet smelling, palatable forages, Bio-Ag offers a premium custom forage blend that your animals will love.


Bio-Lac helps to support the gut microflora.


Dried Seaweed Meal promotes a healthy immune system.


Organic Sugar increases the amount of fermentable substrate which helps the lactic acid bacteria in Bio-Lac to promote the reduction of the pH quickly.  This leads to better lactic acid fermentation.


We recommend this product for baleage, haylage, and corn silage.


At Bio-Ag we can get your forages tested to ensure you are providing your cattle with the highest quality feed


Gathering Forage Samples

  • Use a bale corer
  • Gather from 8-10 different bales or areas of the field when loading loose into wagons
  • Place samples into a clean pail and mix together to make a composite sample
  • Fill a 500ml-1 L plastic bag of the composite mix and clearly label - ask your bio-ag dealer for our pre-labelled baggies
  • Freeze wet samples; keep dry hay at room temperature


Looking for more readings on why forages are an important part of your cattle's diet?


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A Conversation with John Sweeting

Bio-Ag and the Hastings Country Plowing Match

John Sweeting has been a Bio-Ag dealer since 2002 servicing the Peterborough area.  One of his favourite events to attend is the Hastings County Plowing Match in Tweed.  The show hosts over 200 exhibitors and Bio-Ag is proud to be one of them.  We recently had a chance to chat with John about his experience at the show and why he attends.

Hi John, thank you for sitting down with me today.  Why don’t you tell me how you got started with Bio-Ag?

With Bio-Ag, alright well that’s a bit of a story.  I think it goes back to 2002 or 2003; there was an advertistment in the farm paper at the local Ag office about a meeting of producers getting together about organic milk.  Murry Bast was the speaker who was coming down to give a presentation. I’d heard of Murray because of my field of farming organically and I always wanted to hear him speak.  I was also really interested in the topic of organic milk production. So I went to the meeting and asked a few questions.  And at that point in time there was some literature that came in the mail and a letter attached in the envelopes asking if I knew or would possibly be interested in taking on Bio-Ag Distribution.  They sent me a binder and I had an interview, so here we are


And the rest is history

Yes and the rest is history

You attend the Hastings County Plowing Match every year; why are you drawn to this show?

I have a bit of history that goes back into Hastings County.  I think it was the year of 1986 they hosted the International Plowing Match.  And from that experience the gentlemen who worked on that decided amongst themselves that it would be worthwhile to start their own mini plowing match.  So it just kind of grew to what it is today.  It’s basically the “Outdoor Farm Show” version for East-Central Ontario.  It draws people from Ottawa, Renfrew, Kingston and up north into Barrie. It’s 10+ acres of tented city so there is a lot for people to see like demonstrations of new machinery or whatever their focus is for that year.


How do you think you benefit most from attending?

I think it’s the face to face contact.  The people who are interested and come into the tent you are more likely to do business with.  Through that I guess it’s a more efficient time than making random cold calls.  Then you have current customers, who you don’t see quite as often who might come by with a question.  And just that one on one contact and networking and building relationships is what makes it worth attending.


What is your favourite part of the two day event?

My favourite part? I guess it’s a case of the whole Ag business coming together.  And for people of Ag background it’s a day they look forward to and see all the different vendors who have displays.  It’s hard to explain Nicole; Its like-minded people and a certain type of energy when you get a show together.  Like I say it’s hard to explain.


Of all the people you talk to, what products do you find they are most interested to learn about?

There could be a variety it could be from any variety of livestock concerns or soil health.  It depends on the day of the show and if there are questions.  I think it’s a case that we deal with a lot of people that are critical thinkers and a lot of them probably have questions when they come to the show.  Because we have consultants and distributors in our name they want to consult with us a little bit to see if we have the answers.  That’s probably the best way to put it.


Now is there anything that people can expect?

There is a network of knowledge that we as a company have to draw on because of our dealer network and head office.  If there’s a question I can’t answer right away I can soon find out.  There will be a general variety of the products we carry displayed so people can see what we have.


Maybe they should just come to the show and visit you at your booth?



Thank you for talking to me today John and we hope you have a good show this year!  If you would like to talk to John or get connected with him please head to the Hastings County Plowing Match and stop by his booth!  


For more information about the show please visit their facebook page 


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