Would you like funding for a business idea or project for the local community?

first_imgDLDC have announced that they will host ten public information meetings about new LEADER programme funding. Would you like funding and support for a business idea, plan for your local community, or project that could benefit you, your family, your farm, or your community?Grants for projects which enhance the quality of rural life will soon be available from the European Commission’s latest LEADER funding programme and details about how to apply will be on offer at ten public information meetings that Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC) is hosting from October 3rd to 10th at locations throughout the county. The meetings will provide all the information needed to apply for grants from the €12.8 million in LEADER 2014-2020 programme funding that Donegal has been allocated by the Irish government for rural business, farming, and community initiatives.“LEADER is all about local people coming up with ideas that help to economically sustain and improve the quality of life in their local areas,” said Frank Kelly, Rural Development Manager at DLDC, which has administered several LEADER programmes since 1995.“This is the first chance that promoters will have to avail of some decent funding for their projects from this particular LEADER programme.”The LEADER 2014-2020 public information meeting times and places are as follows: Monday, 3rd October, at St. John Bosco Centre in Donegal Town from 4 to 5.30 p.m. and Niall Mór Centre in Killybegs from 7.30 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday, 4th October, at Rosnakill Tourism Activity Centre from 4 to 5.30 p.m. and The Ozanam Centre in Dunfanaghy from 7.30 to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 6th October, at the CPI Centre in Castlefinn from 4 to 5.30 p.m. and Letterkenny Public Services Centre from 7.30 to 9 p.m.; and Monday, 10th October, at Erne Enterprise Centre in Ballyshannon from 10 to 11.30 a.m., Glenties Community Centre from 1 to 2.30 p.m., Ramelton Town Hall from 4 to 5.30 p.m., and Cathedral Hall in Raphoe from 7 to 8.30 p.m. Attending one of the public information meetings will enable potential applicants to make the strongest submissions possible to the LEADER selection process, which is expected to be particularly competitive this time around.“Funding for this LEADER programme in Donegal has been reduced by up to 50 percent, from €25 million in the previous programme to €12.8 million this time around, so we are expecting that there will be quite a bit of competition for grants,” Frank said.“As a result, it will be very important for promoters to come along to one of the public information meetings and learn all of the details that they need to ensure that their proposals fully meet all of the criteria required in order to receive LEADER funding.”Details about the LEADER programme, including case studies describing the wide range of Donegal projects which have previously received LEADER funding, are available on the DLDC website at www.dldc.org.More information about the LEADER 2014-2020 funding programme is available by ringing the DLDC Letterkenny office on (074) 91 27056 or the DLDC Donegal Town office on (074) 97 23368. Would you like funding for a business idea or project for the local community? was last modified: September 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessDLDCFeaturesfundingLEADERnewsprojectlast_img read more

Cow size: Increasing mature body weight of the United States cow herd

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There has been a 30% increase in cow mature size over the last 30 years. From 1975 to 2015, cow numbers have decreased by 35%, but beef production has been maintained at a level similar to 1975. In response to the low cow numbers, carcass weights have increased. These relationships suggest that the progeny of small cows, similar to the weights observed in the 1950s and 1960s, would not have the potential to produce the carcasses necessary to maintain beef production at the current level with the number of cows currently in the national beef cow herd, unless they take part in a postweaning growing period.This phenomenon is explained by the increased productivity per calf in the progeny of the United States cow herd. The average hot carcass weight in 2014 was 38% greater than 1975, averaging 870 pounds in 2014 compared with an average hot carcass weight in 1975 of 630 pounds.Use of growth promoting technology has contributed to a portion of the increase in carcass weight. Anabolic implants increase ADG by 21%, body weight at slaughter by 128 pounds, and hot carcass weight by 55 pounds. Additionally, β-adrenergic agonists increase body weight at slaughter by 18 to 24 pounds but increase hot carcass weight by 35 to 42 pounds. These growth promoting technologies only account for about 97 pounds of the 240 pounds increase in hot carcass weight, thus much of the increase in beef production per calf is likely linked to the use of EPDs and genetic selection for greater yearling weights, which in turn increases mature size. Beef production is more efficient because of technology advances in growth promotants, feed milling, and feed additives in the last 30 years.The average cow slaughter weights have increased from 1,047 pounds in 1975 to 1,369 pounds in 2005. This increase in cow bodyweight is tied to the genetic changes of the cow herd. For instance in the Angus breed the average yearling bodyweight of bulls and heifers has increased by 7.9 and 5.7 pounds per year since 1972 and selection for yearling body weight and weaning body weight have strong correlation with mature size.A 30% larger cow requires 22% more daily maintenance energy and will consume 22 to 28% more forage dry matter daily, decreasing cow carrying capacity of the farm or increasing input costs associated with pasture management, supplementation, and stored forages. Increased hay production and grazing strategies An indication of increased intensification of cow-calf production is displayed by the increased hay production over the last 40 years. The increased use of the round baler and other hay production technologies since the early and mid-1970s has lowered the labor requirement and increased the convenience of hay production and thus the total amount of hay produced. The OARDC-EARS research station at Caldwell was a location for much of this research (Check out Page 83 of this 1972 OARDC Research Summary). At the same time, forage management strategies (stockpiling and strip grazing) were being developed to reduce reliance on stored forages for wintering beef cows (Check out Page 1 of this 1970 OARDC Research Summary).Environment and cow size Research from the 1960s and 1970s indicates that in limited resource environments (Western Plains States for instance), the reduced efficiency of larger cows may be a limiting factor to the economics of production, whereas in less restricted environments (higher rainfall environments such as the humid states or in Dry Lot Feeding Systems.) mature cow size may not be a significantly limiting factor. ImplicationsIntensification has occurred through increased feeding of hay and stored forages, which increases the expense of maintaining the cow herd due to machinery, fuel, labor, and fertilizer costs. There are forage management strategies that can be used to reduce or replace the need for stored forages. For example, rotational grazing increases harvest efficiency of grazing livestock and can help maintain plant populations of clovers or other desirable forage species that lack persistence under continuous grazing management. Stockpiling of perennial pastures during the late summer for use during the fall and early winter can be utilized. Readers can checkout other grazing strategies at the OSU Forage Team Website.last_img read more

I will try to retire as an India cricketer, says Kedar Jadhav

first_imgWhen Kedar Jadhav learnt about the big news of his India call, there wasn’t much time to celebrate. The moment he had been waiting for all his life had arrived as the selectors named him in a 15 man squad for the Bangladesh ODI’s, but he was busy attending to his father’s fearful road accident. “He was returning after watching me in an IPL game when his car suffered a bad accident. His spectacles had hit both the eyes hard and the right eye was badly damaged,” Kedar recalls in an interview with India Today.  Thankfully Jadhav Sr has since recovered and he can now afford to breathe easy. Kedar credits his father a lot in allowing him to take the punt in playing professional sport. His father’s sorted ways and retirement planning has allowed him to live a content life even as Kedar’s three sisters and he are all married. “I have to say I never had the pressure of what happens if I fail in cricket. He has taken care of all that,” he says.  Aged 29, if Kedar now gets his opportunity to play his first India game in Dhaka, he will be one of the older pros in a youthful and very different India side. Unlike his captain for the series Suresh Raina, Kedar wasn’t someone in national reckoning in age group tournaments or youth World Cups. He made his List A debut, aged 23. “I have always got most things a bit late but once I have got them, they have not gone away,” Kedar philosophises.  And than goes on to add, “On the cricket front I must admit I have wasted a few opportunities. Two years back I got a 300 plus in the first game of the new season but ended up scoring only 630 runs in the year. If I had carried on from there I should have played for India two years back,” he says.  Its Kedar’s free flowing style of batting that’s helped him score 1200 plus runs in the last Ranji season and earn the selectors nod. Inspired by the Virender Sehwag school of batting, he plans to continue carrying the same approach to international cricket. “There’s one thing about Viru pa’, he looks to hit a boundary or a six first and if it’s not possible, than looks for a single. That’s what I try to do in my batting as well,” he says.  “Of course I can’t bat like him. He is unique; I have to use my legs to connect the ball to the middle of the bat. But I try to think like him while batting,” he adds as a rejoinder. Kedar also comes across as someone ever willing to learn. “While I am motivated by Viru pa’s batting, I am a middle order player and one batsman whom I look to learn from in that position is MS Dhoni. There is a lesson in his calmness in the middle overs. I may have to bat there a lot and try to be a good finisher,” Kedar opines.  While he’s observed and learned from Sehwag and Dhoni, his hands-on mentor has been Maharashtra coach and former India selector Surendra Bhave. “One thing he always tells me that performance is not based on talent all the time, it’s about making most of the opportunity you get,” an advice he always keeps close by his side.  Kedar has left for Bangladesh with the rest of the Indian team and opportunities like these may not come too often. With the cream of Indian batting rested for a not so important series, it’s his chance to make it count. And while he may have got his India call at 29, Kedar suggests he will try to ensure he is here to stay. “Hopefully will try to retire an India cricketer,” he throws himself a challenge.advertisementlast_img read more