Dairy Challenge

first_imgGeorgia dairyman Adam Graft listened carefully as teams of college students gave their educated opinions on how he manages his 3,200-acre Americus, Georgia, dairy farm.More than 80 students from 15 agricultural colleges across the Southeast visited Graft’s farm as part of the annual Southern Regional Dairy Challenge held in Cordele, Georgia, Nov. 13-15. Hosted this year by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the event is designed to prepare college students for careers in the dairy industry.Divided into intercollegiate teams, the students toured Graft’s farm, Leatherbrook Holsteins, on Monday, Nov. 14. They then collaborated to develop recommendations on farm management and presented their findings before Graft and a team of dairy industry judges on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Each team gave their recommendations based on nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health, housing and financial management. They also had to take into consideration the farm operation’s ultimate goal and vision. “The students’ recommendations and thoughts are organized into the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats they observe on the farm. In other words, what is the farm doing well and where are there some opportunities for improvement?” said UGA animal and dairy science Assistant Professor Jillian Fain Bohlen.“They must provide the farmer with an outline of how to improve and what this will ultimately mean to him in the long run, normally for enhanced profitability,” said Bohlen, who hosted and organized this year’s event on behalf of UGA.A 2000 animal health graduate of UGA’s Department of Animal and Dairy Science, Graft knows the students need to evaluate farm operations in order to learn to be agricultural consultants. After practicing at a dairy in California for four years, Graft returned to Georgia in 2005 to lease a dairy. He and his wife purchased their current 6,000-cow dairy farm in 2008.Since then, the couple has steadily expanded the farm, adding several freestall barns and a rotary parlor, and increasing acreage from 1,000 acres to 3,200 acres.“Our dairy is a clean slate for the students to pick through,” Graft said. “I was told to be ready to have really thick skin, and I do. The students had some really valid points. This experience teaches them how to consult on a facility. It’s great to learn in a classroom, but this helps them take it to the next level.”Following the presentations, the judges evaluated the student team’s recommendations. As a whole, they reminded the students to listen to the farmer and not to evaluate based solely on farm records.“(Dairy farming) is a way of life and we all enjoy it, but at the end of the day, it’s about the money. Did you bring any dollars to the table? What happens if (the farmer) does this versus this?” said Andy Fielding, a senior dairy technical consultant for Purina Mills and one of this year’s Southern Region Dairy Challenge judges. “If there is a problem, a consultant’s job is to identify what the farmer can do and how he can make money.”This was CAES student Nathan Webb’s third dairy challenge event. Webb, who plans to earn a doctorate in dairy nutrition and to someday own his own dairy, enjoys meeting and working with dairy science students from other universities.“It’s surprising how many of these students I run into later at American Dairy Science Association events and the national dairy challenge event,” said Webb, who will be attending the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge in March 2017.Bohlen says the regional conference also prepares her students for the North American challenge, which will be held in Visalia, California.“This was a fantastic opportunity for these students to learn on such a tremendous dairy operation and from the industry professionals at the conference,” Bohlen said.For more information on studying animal and dairy science at CAES, go to www.caes.uga.edu/departments/animal-dairy-science.html.last_img read more

Governor Douglas appoints three Superior Court judges

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced the appointments of Robert P. Gerety, Jr. of White River Junction, Robert A. Mello of South Burlington and Timothy B. Tomasi of Montpelier to serve on the Superior Court.‘These three individuals are respected among their peers and bring experience, commitment and a clear understanding of the law to the bench,’ said Governor Douglas. ‘I am pleased to make these appointments today and thank each for their service to Vermont.’Robert P. Gerety, Jr. is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and Vermont Law School. He has been in private practice since clerking in Vermont Superior Court in the early 1980’s. Since 1996, Gerety has operated his own law practice in White River Junction and currently serves as the chair of the Vermont Judicial Conduct Board.Robert A. Mello is a graduate of Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts and Boston College Law School. He has managed his own law firm for the past 25 years. He formerly served in state government as a Special Counsel at the Public Service Board and General Counsel to the Department of Banking, Insurance & Securities in the 1970’s.Timothy B. Tomasi is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School. He currently serves as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Vermont District. Tomasi previously served in the Office of Vermont Attorney General from 1994 to 2007, serving as Chief of the Civil Division from 1999 to 2007.Source: Montpelier 11/12/2010 governor’s officelast_img read more

Ophir ditches Ivory Coast block

first_imgUK-based Ophir Energy has decided to exit from Block 513 offshore Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), following an unsuccessful well at the acreage last year.Block CI-513 covers a gross area of 1,443km2  in water depths up to 3,000m. Ophir became the operator of the block after taking 45% of interest from African Petroleum in March 2016. African Petroleum has another 45% interest and the remaining 10% is held by PETROCI.In its 2017 full year results report on Wednesday, Ophir said it took the decision to exit the block at the start of 2018.In 2017, Ophir drilled the Ayame-1X exploration well in Cote d’Ivoire using the Seadrill-owned drillship West Saturn. The well was spud at the end of April 2017.No moveable hydrocarbons were encountered, and the well was plugged and abandoned as a dry hole in May last year. Ophir spent $13 million on the Cote d’Ivoire Block CI-513 well.Ophir’s exploration portfolio has now been reduced to concentrate its efforts and to better drive value. Namely, Ophir also exited seven deepwater PSCs: the DW2A PSC in Malaysia and the Mbeli, Ntsina, Nkouere, Nkawa, Manga and Gnondo PSCs in Gabon.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Spurs struggles will make Alli a better player – Robinson

first_img The former Dons boss, who helped to put Alli on a path to superstardom, told Sky Sports: “Dele was a talented individual and very free with what he did on a football pitch. It was like watching a young player playing five-a-side anywhere across the country. “What people don’t realise is that he’s one of the nicest young people that you will meet. He’s a tremendous young man. If you speak to anyone that has worked with him, managed him, they will tell you what a nice person he was. “He has not reached his potential yet. There is a lot more to come. His age tells you that and the experiences he has gone through over the last year will maybe make him a better player. “In the short term it might be difficult, but when you know what type of character he is you know he will relish whatever is put in front of him. “He has a wonderful support mechanism and that is important. The way he goes about his life is the way I think footballers should be. Read Also:Harry Kane’s return excites Dele Alli “The older he gets and the higher up the football pyramid he goes, there’s a structure to the game he needs to fall into, that will allow his talent to get to the forefront.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Dele Alli will become “a better player” for the struggles he has experienced as an individual and as part of the greater collective at Tottenham, says Karl Robinson. Alli is ready to step up his game The England international midfielder is taking in the most testing campaign of his career to date. He is still only 23 years of age, despite having over 300 club appearances and 37 senior caps to his name. A meteoric rise to prominence has seen expectation build around Alli, with the former MK Dons star demanding as much from himself as anybody else. With his undoubted potential being unlocked on the back of a switch to Spurs in 2015, a reputation was quickly established as one of the finest goal-scoring midfielders in the country. Alli has, however, hit the target just nine times this season – having also failed to reach double figures in 2018-19. Unfamiliar questions have been asked of his value to domestic and international causes, with Gareth Southgate opting to overlook him at times, but Robinson expects a big personality to bounce back stronger.center_img Promoted ContentHow They Made Little Simba Look So Lifelike in ‘The Lion King’Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney CharactersWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90s8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee9 Most Epic Movie Robots We’ve Ever Seen7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

Rejuvenated defense ready for second shot at MSU

first_imgLouis Nzegwu has a team high 4.5 sacks this season, one of which he got against Kirk Cousins in a 37-31 loss at Michigan State.[/media-credit]Ask any Badger defenseman about their trip to East Lansing earlier this season and they will mention something about a Hail Mary pass, a safety and a double reverse.While all these plays were major factors in Wisconsin’s demise against Michigan State, another factor was the defense’s inability to get off the field.The Spartans converted on eight of their 16 third down attempts and one fourth down conversion.According to the Badgers, the key to getting off the field on third down is what happens on first and second down.“First down,” sophomore linebacker Chris Borland said. “When they’re second and five, it makes it third and two versus a second and eight makes it third and five. Things like that, especially our performance against the run on first down, [weren’t] as good as [they] could have been.”UW found most of its third down success on third and long, only stopping the Spartans twice when faced with third and five or less.Senior defensive end Louis Nzegwu said he believes everyone just needs to be on point.“Everybody [needs] to be on key,” Nzegwu said. “A lot of people weren’t on the same page. This week we had a lot of emphasis to have no mental errors. We’ve really been focusing on our playbook to make sure that we’ve really got it down to a point. Deep in the season like this, pretty much everybody else is done, but we’re still playing, so we’ve still got that playbook deep in our heads, and we all know what to do now [more] than we did back in the middle of the season.”Defensive coordinate Chris Ash simply wants his defense to execute better, which it has been doing through the final games of the season.“It’s not much to do with what we’ve done differently; we just have to execute better, we just have to tackle better,” Ash said. “Most of the third downs, a couple of them that they would convert, we missed tackles on.”But in order to play better this weekend, the Badgers have to be able to look past their mistakes from the East Lansing tragedy and focus solely on the game ahead of them.Since the back-to-back losses at Michigan State and Ohio State, head coach Bret Bielema has put his team on a specific calendar where the players had to focus on their daily schedules.No matter what, Nzegwu admitted that the stinging loss will always remain at the back of their minds.“It’s hard not to think about what we did last time,” Nzegwu said. “But you’ve got to just think about the first day and let it go the rest of the week. You can’t let anything drag you on like that, but it is in the back of all our heads. I think during the course of the week, we’ve had improvement in all phases, so we’ll be well prepared to face them again.”But with five games between the loss to MSU and the rematch in the Big Ten Championship game, the Badgers’ defense is not the same defense that allowed so many third down conversions and let the Spartans stay in the game after being down 14-0.In its four wins against Purdue, Minnesota, Illinois and Penn State, the defense did not allow any second half points after giving up 30 points in the second half to Ohio State.Senior safety Aaron Henry even said he believes the heartbreaking loss was a factor in the defense turning its game around eventually and executing.“I think it’s the fine details,” Henry said. “I think it’s guys playing a whole lot smarter. I think it’s guys flying to the ball every play. Every play matters. I’m not saying every play didn’t matter then, … [but] it was tough, us losing, but it was definitely a point that I’ve taken and it’s grown in me. I think it really helped the whole team.”Ash made it very clear that regardless of everything that has happened over the course of the season, his team is focused and ready to get another shot at Michigan State on neutral turf.“I don’t think anyone’s worried about what’s happened before or what’s happening after,” Ash said. “This team is focused. We’ve got one goal in mind, which is to go down and win a Big Ten Championship. End of story.”last_img read more

SU still ‘scrambling’ to figure out the draw more than a month after Morgan Widner’s injury

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 2, 2018 at 9:53 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary Syracuse’s struggles on the draw arose long before Morgan Widner hit the Carrier Dome turf with an injury on Feb. 22. After Syracuse’s opening day win versus Connecticut, SU head coach Gary Gait sat confidently on the podium.A team that had just lost its fall season had expected mistakes, and Gait brushed off any notion that he was worried about the games outcome.With his team at full strength and a slow start the only question mark in what turned out to be a blowout win, Gait addressed the problem that kept the Orange from providing the knockout blow earlier than it had.“It all starts with the draw,” Gait said.For No. 18 Syracuse (7-5, 0-3 Atlantic Coast), that’s where it’s always started. The draw has become a constant talking point after games, as every result has hinged on Syracuse’s ability to gain possession in draw situations. Morgan Widner’s injury gave way for Julie Cross to jump into a new role as Syracuse’s top draw-control specialist, but more than a month after the injury and coming off losses in three of its last four games, Syracuse is still “scrambling,” Gait said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It just is disappointing,” Gait said. “I thought that we were super deep.”Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorLast season, Syracuse was one of the best draw control teams in the nation. It ranked 33rd in the country and was carried by the play of then-freshman Morgan Widner, whose 7.09 draws per game ranked seventh in the nation. The stats have shown those possessions have counted. Since the start of the 2017 season, Syracuse has only lost two games — March 14, 2017 against Florida and March 28, 2017 against Princeton — where it won the draw controls battle.Early in the season, Gait said that new rules implemented this year will make the draw split “50-50” and no one will “dominate.” Thus far for Syracuse, that hasn’t been the case. The Orange is getting outpaced in the draw 212-155, including 53-33 across its three conference games, all losses.Before the injury to Widner, Gait comfortably addressed his team’s draw issue by defending its depth. When Widner wasn’t playing well, he was confident in the Orange’s ability to insert Cross to win the battles that Widner couldn’t because she relied more on “finesse” to win draws. But after the injury, Syracuse has tried numerous combinations of players. This season, 16 players — either the draw taker or the wings — have recorded a draw control. Four players have won 14 or more.Last season, Widner carried the Orange’s draw. In 2018, without Widner taking a majority of the draws, the Orange have relied on Julie Cross (36 controls), Neena Merola (33) and Kerry Defliese (29) to carry its mediocre draw control attack.“I think we’re just trying to figure some things out, just throwing people in,” Defliese said after Syracuse’s loss to Maryland on March 11, in which SU was dominated on the draw 22-8. “(We’re) working together and finding a good option.”For a few consecutive games, despite not having any experience, she said, Defliese was SU’s top option on the draw. From SU’s March 4 matchup with Virginia (a game after Defliese won her first draw) through its March 26 matchup with Northwestern, Defliese either led or tied for the lead in draws. But as Syracuse continued to struggle, the Orange turned to Merola on the wing and Emily Hawryschuk at the faceoff X to fill the void.The switch was another example of how unpredictable the Orange’s draw control lineup has been this year. After the loss to Maryland, Defliese weighed in on her future leading the draw.“We’re still working on it,” she said.Gait said he tried out Hawryschuk because she has “quick hands.” Though she said that she hasn’t taken a draw since high school, the Orange entrusted Hawryschuk to lead the team on the draw against Duke’s then-No. 2 draw control group. The Orange has switched around the draw team all year, but Hawryschuk said after the Duke loss “you just got to adjust.”“We can’t keep doing the same things over and over again, be getting the same results and expect it to just switch one day,” Gait said.This year, Syracuse has tried to do things differently, and the results have always remained the same. Commentslast_img read more

Ras Michael Continues to Chant the Message of Rastafari

first_imgRas Michael & the Sons of Negus, Levitt Pavillion McCarthur Park, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Steve Tracy 7-28-2019. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Having learned the tenets of Rastafari at the feet of giants like Mortimo Planno, master Jamaican drummer Ras Michael realized from early the importance of roots music and its spiritual message.Fifty years after forming Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, he is still chanting Rasta.“From Back O Wall (a former expansive slum in West Kingston) to now, we deal with a certain standard as a Rastaman and churchman. It’s just a continuation of the works,” he said recently.In July, those works were recognized at a concert in Los Angeles where the singer/musician has lived for over 30 years. Ras Michael was honored with citations from the California House of Representatives and Senate before his show at Levitt Pavilion.“It shows that people accept the music and what I stand for, which is unity of people and oneness,” he said.Ras Michael, 76, is one of roots-reggae’s strongest pillars. Originally from rural St. Mary in eastern Jamaica, he moved to Kingston, the country’s capital, during the late 1950s and settled in West Kingston and nearby Trench Town.In the 1960s, he discovered the message of Rastafari while living in Trench Town where his colleagues included Joe Higgs, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston (later Wailer) of The Wailers and Planno, an inspirational figure in the Rasta movement’s early years.In 1969, Ras Michael formed the Sons of Negus, a group of Rasta drummers whose spiritual songs paid homage to Africa, black consciousness and their faith. They recorded a number of well-received albums throughout the 1970s, including Nyahbinghi, Rastafari and Kibir Am Lak.The group also recorded outstanding songs like New Name and None A Jah Jah Children which showcased the traditional drumming and spiritual chants that remains their signature.In July, Ras Michael was special guest of Ziggy Marley at the Del Mar racetrack in California.last_img read more

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy apologizes for T-shirt choice, flip-flops on OAN

first_imgHubbard appeared in a video with Gundy on Monday evening and apologized for not going to directly to his coach. Gundy said he met with players and added that he would make changes to improve the program’s culture.Hubbard offered a terse reaction to Gundy’s apology Tuesday. A step in the right direction. https://t.co/SsRdQoxBTG— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) June 16, 2020Gundy told reporters in April that he admired OAN for being even-handed in its news presentation. The network has been described by media as a far-right-wing outlet that is fiercely loyal to President Donald Trump, enabling of Russian propagandists and devoted to advancing conspiracy theories. BENDER: Gundy needs to talk less, listen more “Our players expressed their feelings as individuals and as team members. They helped me see through their eyes how the T-shirt affected their hearts. Once I learned how that network felt about Black Lives Matter, I was disgusted and knew that it was completely unacceptable to me,” Gundy said.”I want to apologize to all members of our team, former players and their families for the pain and discomfort that has been caused over the last two days. Black lives matter to me. Our players matter to me. “These meetings with our team have been eye-opening and will result in positive changes for Oklahoma State football. I sincerely hope the Oklahoma State family near and far will accept my humble apology as we move forward.”pic.twitter.com/x4mjK6v3UV— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) June 16, 2020A tweeted photograph of Gundy wearing an OAN shirt while on a fishing trip angered Cowboys 2,000-yard running back Chuba Hubbard, who threatened Monday on Twitter to sit out team activities in protest. Current and former OSU players backed Hubbard and then added allegations of racist behavior by Gundy. The coach did not address the racism claims in his apology Tuesday. Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy said Tuesday he was sorry for causing “pain and discomfort” by wearing the T-shirt of a cable news channel that has called the Black Lives Matter movement a “farce” and other names.Gundy recorded a one-minute video apology after a meeting with Cowboys players, many of whom were angry about the shirt. He appeared to be reading a statement as he said his opinion of One America News Network had changed. He was an admirer until Tuesday. last_img read more

LIVE: Peruth Chemutai to lead Uganda in women U20 race

first_img5Hellen Ekalale LOBUNKEN12:49 POSBIBATHLETEMARKDETAIL 1Letesenbet GIDEYETH12:48 Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai (2L)2.30PM: Uganda steeplechase runner Peruth Chemutai will lead Uganda quest for glory in the U-20 women’s event. The Ugandan junior women won a bronze in 2010.RESULTLetesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia defends her World U20 cross country title #iaafkampala2017 2Hawi FEYSAETH12:49center_img 4Sheila CHELANGATKEN12:49 Share on: WhatsApp 3Celliphine Chepteek CHESPOLKEN12:49last_img

Vardy urges Leicester to ‘do Vichai proud’ after helicopter tragedy

first_img“The main thing is we all come together even stronger and do Vichai proud.”Vardy said the late owner was like a member of the extended family.“It didn’t matter who you were, he always made time for you, and as all the pictures that have been put out have shown, he was always smiling,” he said.“Those are the things you will never forget and which will stay engraved in your mind.“From day one, literally from when I first met him, up until now, he’s always been really friendly and always wanting to be involved. He wasn’t just a chairman, he was part of the squad itself and was always here and always giving you encouragement and wanting to be involved with the lads and that’s credit to him.”After the Cardiff game, coach Claude Puel will lead many of his squad to Thailand for Vichai’s funeral, which starts on Saturday in Bangkok and will last around a week.Vardy, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and captain Wes Morgan, will travel along with Puel and senior staff, with some players staying behind due to personal circumstances.“It’s been the hardest week of everyone’s lives. It’ll be massively important we attend,” Vardy said of the funeral plan.“We are a close-knit group and one big family and one of the main reasons for that is Vichai so it’s massively important.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Jamie Vardy has urged his Leicester teammates to honour the memory of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha as they prepare to return to action following their owner’s shocking death in a helicopter crash.Vichai and four other people died when his helicopter plummeted to the ground just outside the King Power Stadium following the game against West Ham last weekend.Leicester’s midweek League Cup tie against Southampton was postponed but the Premier League match away to Cardiff on Saturday will go ahead as planned.Vardy and his Leicester teammates have posted regular messages online, paying tribute to the man they called “The Boss”, and the former England man has opened up about how he found out about the accident.“I was just on my way home with my wife and kids and I got the news,” he told Sky Sports. “Obviously straight away it’s shock and you can’t really believe it’s happened.“You try to get in touch with everyone but no one was picking up their phones so that’s when I knew something was different.”Vardy, whose goals fired Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016, urged his teammates to produce a performance to honour Vichai.“We all spoke about wanting to play, it’s what Vichai would’ve wanted and that’s what we are going to do,” he said.“We need to make sure we go out there and honour his name and put in a performance that will hopefully get the win. I know people are saying the result doesn’t matter but for us as players we want to get a positive result.“It’s going to be tough and very emotional and what the lads wanted to do was play this game and honour the man himself.last_img read more