Forage-Finished Beef

first_imgOver the past decade the demand for grassfed beef has increased dramatically, and that is great news for Georgia’s cattle farmers.Because of the state’s long growing season, Georgia farmers are uniquely positioned to allow their cattle to graze all year round. University of Georgia forage and cattle experts are now looking for forages that will produce the best quality beef in Georgia’s climate, so that Georgia’s grassfed beef will be as tasty as possible. “Forage-fed or grass-fed beef is growing in popularity among consumers, and several producers in the state are trying to adjust their production systems to meet the is niche market,” said Lawton Stewart, an Extension Beef Specialist in the University of Georgia Collage of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Many consumers are willing to pay a premium for this product, so there is an incentive to produce beef in this way. But that isn’t a simple task.”Stewart, is working with UGA meat quality researcher Alex Stelzleni and UGA Extension Forage Specialist Dennis Hancock to conduct a four year study to determine which summer forages produce the best meat quality in grassfed beef. One of the issues with grassfed beef in the South is that it is hard to finish beef on pasture during the summer. During the hot summer months, Georgia’s go-to perennial forage — bermudagrass — isn’t quite digestible or nutritious enough to finish beef cattle. Cattle finished on summer bermudagrass will be leaner, taste slightly lamby and have a yellow tinge to their fat from accumulated beta carotene. “Bermudagrass can be a very good quality, but it’s not good enough during the summer to really put the weight on fast enough for the animal to develop the intramuscular fat that you want when your looking for a steak,” said Hancock. Leaner, less-marbled beef isn’t a bad thing in itself but it does limit the market for the farmers’ beef. “So what happens is that the farmer has to make a decision about whether to sell a lighter-weight animal that could have some taste differences,” Stelzleni said. “Or they have to hold on to that animal for another four to six months until they can get back on to the cool season grasses to get those gains back up. That can become expensive and even cost prohibitive for both the producer and the consumer.”Not being able to finish cattle to the same quality during summer means the farmer has to interrupt the supply of beef to steady customers who depend on a consistent supply, like restaurants and small markets. When this grassfed beef study is complete in 2016, Stelzleni, Hancock and Stewart will have research-based information to help farmers who want to break in to the potentially lucrative grassfed beef market and produce beef throughout the year. Their study involves 32 Angus and Hereford mix steers housed on pasture at the UGA Eatonton Beef Research Unit. Four summer annual forage systems were tested. Each planting has higher nutritional content and is more easily digestible than the standard pasture grass that would typically be available in Georgia pastures. Sets of up to eight steers were rotated around pastures that contained sorghum and sudangrass hybrid, brown midrib sorghum and sudangrass hybrid, pearl millet or a mix of pearl millet and crabgrass. These forages have to be planted every year, but they allow for greater animal gains than the pastures that Georgia farmers usually depend upon to feed their cattle during the dry summer, Hancock said. “We’ve selected (these forages) for their ability to thrive in our climate and especially in the summers we get,” Stelzleni said. “Several of the forages, actually have a good bit of drought tolerance to the them and have been bred and selected for use in Africa. The team harvested the cattle in September, and Stelzleni is now pulling samples from the 32 carcasses so that he can test composition and meat quality. The team found very little difference in the health and weight gain of the herds eating each forage while they were alive, but are finding that the brown midrib sorghum and sudangrass hybrid seems to produce slightly better meat quality. The mix of pearl millet and crabgrass seemed to endure grazing somewhat better that the other forages. “(All of the steers) did a little better than we thought they were going to do from a quality and marbling standpoint,” Stelzleni said.The team’s data won’t be conclusive until they finish all four years of testing, but what has been conclusive is the public’s response to the beef. All the beef that wasn’t taken for meat quality samples is available for sale at the UGA Meat Science Technology Store in Athens. Thirty-two whole sides of beef have sold through bulk pre-orders and individual cuts of beef are flying off of the shelves as soon as they can be stocked, Stelzleni said. The team plans to use the proceeds from the beef sale to fund the last two years of the study. For more information about the UGA Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences visit, and for more information about the UGA Forages program visit For more information on beef forage production please contact your local Extension office by calling 1-800-ASK–UGA1.last_img read more

Exterus Welcomes Don MacLellan

first_imgExterus Technology for Business of Shelburne announced that Don MacLellan was hired as a Systems Engineer. Mr. MacLellan has been in the IT industry for over seven years and holds a Computer Information Systems, Networking (CISN) degree from the Nova Scotia Community College.last_img

NAFCU: NCUA’s TCCUSF closure proposal not in best interest of CUs

first_img continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU reiterated its opposition to the NCUA’s proposed raising of the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund’s normal operating level and the merging of the stabilization fund into the NCUSIF in its official comment letter sent to the agency Monday.“Although there could conceivably be short-term benefits to merging the Stabilization Fund with the SIF, NAFCU strongly believes such a move at this time would not be in the best interest of credit unions,” wrote NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “Therefore, NAFCU and our members: (1) stand in opposition to NCUA’s proposal to merge the funds at this time; (2) strongly oppose any increase to the NOL; and (3) advocate that the agency is not required to charge a premium in 2017.”The NCUA proposal, issued in July, would raise the NCUSIF’s normal operating level from 1.3 percent to 1.39 percent. The NAFCU Board of Directors along with two member-filled committees – the Regulatory and NCUSIF Committees – unanimously oppose this proposal.last_img read more

Achieving new heights for in-person visits

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Families went to new heights on Friday to have their first face to face visit in months at Bridgewater Rehabilitation Center in Binghamton. Each family is spaced 30 minutes apart to allow sanitizing of the equipment. Friday was the first time visitors were able to see their loved ones face to face in 7 months. The only challenge was that the rooms at Bridgewater are located on the 2nd floor up to the 5th floor. The nursing center was inspired to do something like this after seeing other nursing homes carry out window visits. Bridgewater enlisted the help of a bucket truck to lift the families into the air, each family reserved a time slot for their visit. “To be able to offer this has been very emotional to them [residents] and the staff,” said Patrick Calli the Administrator at Bridgewater. Calli continues, “we have a lot of staff members in the windows today watching them, and they’re just excited that we can offer this up to the residents and their loved ones.” The center had 6 families reserved for Friday and expects to offer this service for another week, as long as the weather holds up. Bridgewater lifted family members up in the air, to the window of their loved ones for a face to face socially distanced encounter. For those with loved ones living at bridgewater, you can call the center at 607-722-7225 to reserve a slot for this type of visit.last_img read more

Kyle Richards Dishes on ‘RHOBH’ Photo That Got Her in ‘Trouble’

first_imgNot all of the Bravo stars were invited, however, which ruffled Garcelle Beauvais’ feathers.“Then Garcelle was, like, well, we weren’t invited,” Richards said, noting “it doesn’t really work like that.”Kyle Richards Shares RHOBH Reunion Photo That Got Her TroubleKyle Richards. Broadimage/ShutterstockShe added: “I didn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings. There’s never been a reunion ever where everyone went out together in the history of reunions.”- Advertisement – Drama, drama, drama! Kyle Richards has turned heads starring on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but it was one recent photo that caused some of her castmates to come at her negatively.During a game of Us Weekly’s “I Can Explain,” the reality star, 51, broke down some of her most iconic Instagram photos over the years — and explained why she got heat for posing alongside some of the RHOBH ladies after the season 10 reunion.- Advertisement – The American Woman producer also shared the story behind two of her goofiest photos with some of her fellow Bravo stars — both of which were taken at Andy Cohen’s baby shower in January 2019.“This was at Andy Cohen’s baby shower when we’re leaving,” Richards said of a photo where she puckered up to kiss Real Housewives of Orange County alum Tamra Judge. “That was a really fun event. That’s never going to be topped.”During the same bash, Richards got up and danced on a table with Rinna, 57, and Cohen, 52, which she later posted online.“That is [us] dancing on a tabletop, of course, having the time of our lives,” she told Us. “That was at the baby shower having so much fun. I always think, ‘Gosh, if Andy has another baby we’re not going to be able to top the baby shower.’”Kyle Richards Shares RHOBH Reunion Photo That Got Her TroubleKyle Richards. The Halloween actress dished about a few other memorable photos from her Instagram feed, including a sexy bikini photo from her Mexican vacation in August and a sleepover snap with Kris Jenner and Faye Resnick.To see what she had to say about her famous friendships and fun family photos, check out the exclusive Us Weekly video above.Listen to Getting Real with the Housewives, your one-stop destination for Housewives news and exclusive interviews “That was right after the reunion,” Richards exclusively told Us, referencing a group shot she posted in July with Erika Jayne, Teddi Mellencamp, Dorit Kemsley and Lisa Rinna. “That picture got me in a lot of trouble, because normally after the reunion we all split off into groups.”Kyle Richards Shares RHOBH Reunion Photo That Got Her TroubleErika Jayne, Teddi Jo Mellencamp, Dorit Kemsley, Lisa Rinna, Kyle Richards Courtesy of Lisa Rinna/InstagramThe Little House on the Prairie alum explained that “inevitably there’s always someone not talking. So, we split off into groups, some go here, some go there,” which happened after the reunion wrapped.“So, after it ended — Dorit and I weren’t even talking before the reunion — so I texted some people, and was, like, ‘I fixed things with Dorit,’ whatever, I said, ‘Does anyone want to come over?’” she recalled. “Everyone was like, ‘Please I want to have a drink, a cocktail.’”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Ladies lunch, men golf

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PREMIUMBacterial infection, not power plant, caused turtle deaths: Officials

first_imgBengkulu Sepang-Bay-dead-turtles Sepang-Bay-power-plant power-plant coal-fired-power-plant bacterial-infection salmonella Linkedin Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Google Log in with your social account Bengkulu authorities have concluded that the deaths of 28 turtles in Sepang Bay Beach were caused by a bacterial infection, ruling out earlier suspicions they were killed by untreated waste released by a nearby coal-fired power plant.  The Bengkulu Natural Resource Conservation Center (BKSDA Bengkulu), along with the Bengkulu Environment and Forestry Agency and the provincial station of the Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), announced the findings on Friday after conducting laboratory tests on the animals.“Any party unsatisfied with the government’s test results can challenge them scientifically, but don’t make conclusions unsupported by science,” said Yuliswani, a provincial administration assistant.Dead turtles have been found on the beach a number of times since April 2019. Some were caught in nets while others had plastic wa… Facebooklast_img read more

Norway detects its first case of coronavirus

first_imgThe number of new infections inside China – the source of the outbreak – was for the first time overtaken by those elsewhere on Wednesday as the virus spread to a growing number of countries.The disease has infected about 80,000 people and killed more than 2,700, the vast majority in China.Topics : Norway’s Public Health Agency (FHI) said on Wednesday that one person had tested positive for coronavirus and was being kept isolated at home, in what was the country’s first confirmed case.The person had returned from China late last week, but did not appear ill and was unlikely to infect others, the agency said.”This person is not showing symptoms but … was tested after returning from the region of China where the outbreak began,” FHI director Line Vold told a news conference.last_img read more

Wolf Administration Continues Investments in Affordable Housing for Pennsylvanians

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release Harrisburg, PA — Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new investments to support 12 affordable housing projects across the commonwealth. Funded through the HOME program, more than $4.7 million in funding will be disbursed to communities in 10 counties to expand the supply of safe, accessible, decent and affordable housing for low-income Pennsylvanians.“Since its inception, the HOME program has allowed thousands of families to continue living in their homes while stabilizing or increasing property values for neighbors,” said Gov. Wolf. “The projects included in this round of funding will keep Pennsylvanians safe by remediating lead, removing hazards and addressing code issues.”The HOME program provides federal funding to assist municipalities and local governments in their efforts to expand and preserve their supply of affordable housing for low and very low-income Pennsylvanians. The funding will be distributed to projects located in 10 counties: Bedford, Blair, Butler, Columbia, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Montgomery and Northumberland.Bedford CountyBedford County, through the Center for Community Action for the County of Bedford, was approved for $136,072 to rehabilitate 4 units of owner-occupied housing in conjunction with the county’s weatherization program.Blair CountyBlair County, through Blair County Social Services Agency, was approved for $250,000 to rehabilitate 10 owner-occupied homes. The funding will be complemented by $25,000 in Community Block Development Grant funding. This is Blair County’s first HOME Program implementation.Butler CountyButler County, through the Redevelopment Authority of Butler County, was approved for $500,000 to rehabilitate 9 units of owner-occupied housing. The funding will be used to assist low to moderate income homeowners in Clay, Concord, Slippery Rock and Worth townships bring their homes up to code.The City of Butler, through the Redevelopment Authority of Butler County, was approved for $221,675 to rehabilitate two 3-bedroom and three 5-bedrooms units owned and operated by RACB. The project will address code deficiencies, lead based paint, and radon abatement.Columbia CountyBerwick Borough, in conjunction with SEDA-Council of Governments, was approved for $500,000 to rehabilitate 8 units of owner-occupied housing. The projects will include lead, electrical and heating, radon and pest inspections and, if necessary, lead-based paint work.Jefferson CountyJefferson County, through the county’s Department of Development, was awarded $500,000 to rehabilitate 14 units of owner-occupied housing. The funding will be used to assist qualified low-income residents with abating building code violations, implementing energy efficient improvements and upgrading the quality of substandard housing.Lawrence CountyThe City of Farrell, through the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership, was approved for $750,000 to rehabilitate 30 owner-occupied homes.Union Township, through the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership, was awarded $500,000 to rehabilitate 20 owner-occupied homes. The funding will be used to assist qualified low-income homeowners with addressing code violations and other health and safety issues.Lycoming CountyJersey Shore Borough, through the SEDA-Council of Governments, was awarded $500,000 to rehabilitate eight owner-occupied homes. The funding will be used to assist qualified low-income homeowners with lead, electrical and heating, radon and pest inspections, as well as construction and lead-based paint remediation.McKean CountyThe City of Bradford’s Office of Economic and Community Development was approved for $500,000 to rehabilitate 8 units of owner-occupied housing. The funding will be complemented by $30,000 in Community Block Development Grant funding and $15,000 from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund.The City of Butler was approved for $221,675 to rehabilitate two three-bedroom and three five-bedroom rental units owned by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Butler at 309 Virginia Ave., Butler. The project will address code deficiencies, lead based paint and radon abatement.Montgomery CountyConshohocken Borough, through the borough’s Community Development Department, was awarded $350,000 to rehabilitate seven owner-occupied homes. The funding will be complemented by $30,000 in Community Block Development Grant funding. Projects include addressing environmental issues such as lead paint and radon, as well as installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and making accessibility improvements to allow older residents and residents with mobility issues to remain in their own homes.Northumberland CountyMount Carmel Township, through the SEDA-Council of Governments, was awarded $500,000 to rehabilitate eight owner-occupied homes. Each of these homes is occupied by one or more low income residents who would otherwise be unable to afford repairs. The rehabilitation budget will help support contractors and material suppliers, lead inspections (if the home was built prior to 1978), electrical and heating inspections, a radon inspection, and a pest inspection if indicated.For more information, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. September 18, 2019center_img Wolf Administration Continues Investments in Affordable Housing for Pennsylvanianslast_img read more

People moves: Willis Towers Watson reshapes manager research team

first_imgAxioma – The data analysis group has hired George Patterson as managing director for corporate strategy. He was previously CIO for multi-asset investments at Bank of Montreal Global Asset Management. He will lead Axioma’s new corporate strategy team to focus on “identifying buyside trends and market opportunities to expand the company’s footprint and accelerate growth”, Axioma said.Vontobel Asset Management – Gregor Hirt is to join the Swiss asset manager as head of multi-asset solutions on 1 July. He will also join the firm’s investment committee. He was most recently global chief strategist for multi-asset at UBS Global Asset Management, and before that was the firm’s CIO for global investment solutions in Europe and Switzerland.Robeco – The Dutch asset management company has named Juan Carlos Briones as consultant relations director, based in London. He joins from Pimco where he was a senior vice president in the US giant’s consultant relations group.BTIG – The American fund management group has hired four new managing directors for its fixed income team. Anthony Guido will focus on high yield sales, and was previously a high yield trader at investment bank Jefferies. Jay Sommer also joins from Jefferies, and specialises in bankruptcies, restructurings, liquidations, and fixed income special situations. Steven Jones has joined as high-yield credit strategist from US Bancorp, where he was managing director and energy desk analyst. Jeffrey Walsh will focus on high yield sales and trading, and was previously managing director of high yield sales at Canaccord Genuity.HQ Capital – Heiko Dimmerling has been appointed chief operating officer at HQ Capital, the private equity and real estate manager. He joins from private equity firm Triton, where he was a partner and managing director. He has taken over the role from Georg Wunderlin, who became CEO at HQ Capital last year.Markov Processes International – MPI, which provides investment performance analysis tools, has appointed Bijan Foroodian as managing director for EMEA. He was previously chief investment officer at Inflection Point Capital Management, an investment consultancy firm. Willis Towers Watson, Principal Global Investors, Axioma, Bank of Montreal, Vontobel, UBS, Robeco, BTIG, HQ Capital, Markov Processes InternationalWillis Towers Watson – The consultancy giant has promoted three staff to global heads within its manager research team. Chris Redmond has been named global head of credit and diversifying strategies, a newly created role. He has worked at Willis Towers Watson for 13 years, most recently as global head of credit research.Nimisha Srivastava has been promoted to global head of credit. She joined in 2014 and was previously head of manager research for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Paul Jayasingha is now global head of real assets, having previously been global head of real estate. He has worked at Willis Towers Watson for more than 19 years. Srivastava and Jayasingha report to Redmond, as does Sara Rejal, who was appointed global head of liquid diversifying strategies in October last year.Principal Global Investors – The $411bn (€381.5bn) asset manager has opened its first office in Switzerland and appointed Martin Bloch to lead its expansion in the country. The US-headquartered firm now has four offices in Europe, including London, Amsterdam, and Munich. Bloch joins from Robeco, where he was country manager and head of sales for Switzerland.last_img read more