Cranky cattle

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaFinding out which calves act naughty or nice can help cattlemen add value to their herds and manage them better.Different dispositions Jerry Baker, an associate professor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is working on a scoring system farmers can use to list the good and the bad. “Calves with poor dispositions can cause costly damage to equipment, gates and fences and harm handlers,” he said, “and can generally take longer to work.”Calmer calves, on the other hand, are easier on equipment, he said. They’re more easily handled. And their meat might even be more tender than their cantankerous counterparts.Speed test Baker believes the speed at which a calf leaves a squeeze chute and close human contact can say a lot about that calf’s disposition.To check for health or give medications, a cattleman will place a calf in a squeeze chute to hold it. After he’s worked with the calf, he releases it from the chute.A troubled, angry calf will bolt from the chute when released, Baker said. A calm, happy calf will ease out when released.At the UGA Tifton, Ga., campus, Baker devised a way to measure a calf’s chute-exit speed. He also worked with R.D. Randel at Texas A&M University.Two infrared sensors were set up, one as the chute opened and one 6 feet away. The sensors started and stopped a clock as the calf passed them.Exit speeds were dramatically different, he said. One calf covered the 6 feet in 0.14 seconds. Another leisurely made the distance in 19 seconds.To get accurate disposition responses, all of the calves were placed quietly and not prodded into chutes.They were then given a number score relating to how fast they left the chutes. For example, a calf that covered the 6 feet in a second or more scored in the calm range. Female calves tended to exit the chute faster than males.Fast v. slow Baker found that calves with higher chute-exit speeds tended to gain less weight after weaning than those with lower speeds. This is important to know, because how fast and how much weight a calf gains during a given time can affect the farmer’s bottom line when he sells that calf.Steaks of slow and fast calves in Baker’s study have been checked for tenderness. The steaks of slower calves are more tender than those from faster calves. The muscles of stressed calves are more often rigid with angst. This could lead to tougher steaks, Baker said.Cattlemen can use the chute-exit speed score, along with other scoring systems that judge a calf’s behavior while in the chute and holding pin, to make herd management decisions.With the information, a cattleman can know which calves he wants to keep or sell. He could keep calm calves in hopes that their “calm” genes, and the benefits linked to those genes, might be passed on to offspring.Baker will continue the study to find out if calm calves have calm offspring. He believes they will. With clear, documented scores about his herd’s disposition, a cattleman could better market his cattle, too.”It would depend on the direction the grower wanted to go with his cattle management and breeding,” Baker said.A herd that’s too calm could be a problem, too, he said.Georgia cattlemen sell about $325 million worth of cattle each year.last_img read more

Congressional delegation announces funding for White River VA expansion

first_imgCong. Delegation announces funding for White River VA expansionWASHINGTON (Monday, February 11) – Vermont’s Congressional Delegation – Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), and Rep. Peter Welch (D) – announced today that the White River Junction VA Medical Center has been awarded $900,000 for designing a new imaging center and expanding its radiology services.  The medical center will be eligible for an additional $6 million for construction next year.The funding will allow the VA to plan and design the 6,996 sq. ft. expansion and renovation to the current facility.  The project will enhance radiology services for veterans and provide space for a permanent MRI machine. Leahy said, “To remain one of the country’s leading VA medical centers, White River Junction needs the latest equipment and facilities.  The new imaging center will create the space to bring in the most technologically advanced diagnostic and treatment sensors, keeping the hospital at the leading edge.  It will help provide the state-of-the-art quality care that our veterans deserve.”Sanders said, “This funding is good news for Vermont veterans. These resources will allow White River Junction’s VA to both add new space for a permanent MRI and renovate existing space so that Vermont veterans have top-notch radiology services.  As a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, I look forward to making sure that these funds are delivered to the White River VA in a timely manner.”Welch said, “I regularly talk with Vermont veterans who are forced to travel out of state for their medical care.  This radiology expansion will help increase the services our White River Junction’s VA provides so our veterans can get more of the care they need right here at home.  Our veterans are entitled to the best and most cutting-edge care we can provide.”# # # # #last_img read more

Nakilat posts rise in half-year profit

first_imgQatar’s Nakilat, the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping company, reported a 7 percent jump in its half-year profit. The company a net profit of 476 million Qatari Riyals ($130.8 million) for the first six months of the year, which compares to 445 million Qatari Riyals during the corresponding period in 2018.Nakilat’s financial performance is driven by long-term strategic plans towards achieving the company’s goals, the company’s report reads.The acquisition of two additional LNG carriers and one floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) in 2018 is among the main attributes to the positive financial results, as well as the increased volume of projects at Nakilat’s Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard facility which recently commemorated its 200th LNG carrier repair.Nakilat continues to expand its international portfolio through the acquisition of four additional LNG carriers earlier this year.In addition, Nakilat has achieved positive results across its operations through rationalization of operational expenses which in turn resulted in a strong first half of the year, leading to a solid stock price performance for the year to date 2019.Commenting on the company’s results, Nakilat CEO Abdullah Al Sulaiti said, “The huge demand for cleaner energy supports LNG trade growth, hence increases demand for LNG shipping industry. Nakilat strives to meet the growing energy transportation needs by capitalizing on the potential investment opportunity in promising strategic projects.”last_img read more

Angels beat Giants on Tommy La Stella’s walk-off home run

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “I was just reading (the pitch) and reacting,” La Stella said. “I wanted to make sure I didn’t swing out of the zone, especially with Mike (Trout) coming out next. I just wanted to make sure I got him in the zone. I had at least some lift to the ball. I was trying to stay off the ground.”Trout hit his 10th home run of the season, a solo blast in the third inning. La Stella, Fletcher, Albert Pujols and Brian Goodwin each went 2 for 4, and Anthony Rendon went 3 for 4. La Stella’s home run was the fifth lead change in the game. It allowed the Angels (8-15) to snap a four-game losing streak against the rebuilding Giants (8-16).La Stella also got the Angels on the scoreboard with a sacrifice fly in the third inning. Joe Maddon, who also managed La Stella with the Chicago Cubs, said the infielder “worked his butt off” at Angel Stadium during the pandemic shutdown to get stronger.“The downtime during the break from the pandemic was mostly just a continuance of the offseason,” La Stella said. “Working out with our strength coach Lee Fiocchi, there wasn’t necessarily any emphasis on strength more than there was in the offseason.”A utility player with the Cubs, La Stella changed the trajectory of his career after he was traded to the Angels in November 2018. He hit 16 home runs in 80 games before suffering a season-ending leg injury. This season, he’s batting .290 in 20 games. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img ANAHEIM – Tommy La Stella started his week on the right foot.The veteran second baseman crushed a two-run home run against San Francisco Giants closer Trevor Gott in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, lifting a curveball over the right-field home run stripe and lifting the Angels to a 7-6 win.La Stella had never ended a game with a home run in a major-league career that began in 2014. It followed a single by David Fletcher, who extended his hitting streak to 16 games earlier in the night. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield La Stella said his last walk-off home run came when he was 7 years old.“When he was with the Cubs, I’m telling you, he would not have played this often,” Maddon said of La Stella. “He’s gotten stronger. He’s taken better care of himself. He’s got a plan. It’s not a huge surprise to me.”Ty Buttrey (1-0) was credited with the victory after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. It followed a scoreless eighth from Felix Peña, and a scoreless seventh from Mike Mayers.Angels starter Griffin Canning pitched into the fifth inning with mixed results. He limited Mike Yastrzemski, the Giants’ dangerous leadoff hitter, to one weak single in three plate appearances. He also came within one strike of completing five innings and leaving in line for the victory. But putting the Giants away proved difficult.The game was tied 2-2 in the fifth inning when Donovan Solano came to bat with runners on first and third. Canning threw a 2-and-2 curveball over the middle of the plate, and Solano lined the pitch to left field for an RBI single. The Angels trailed 3-2, and Canning was removed in favor of left-hander Hoby Milner.Canning threw 53 of his 86 pitches for strikes, but only eight resulted in swings and misses – none in two-strike counts. His final line (4 ⅔ innings, three earned runs) could have been better, but the right-hander counted it as an improvement. He’d lost three of four starts to begin the season.“The focus for me going into this week was just having conviction with each of my pitches, trusting those gut feelings I have on the mound with what pitches I want to throw,” Canning said. “It was more about trusting myself and having conviction with each pitch.”The Angels quickly retook the lead.Giants starter Tyler Anderson walked Fletcher with one out and allowed an infield single to La Stella. Trout lined out, but Rendon and Pujols followed with back-to-back doubles, clearing the bases. The Angels led 5-3, and Anderson fired a round of expletives into a hushed ballpark as he walked off the mound.That lead was short-lived, too.In the sixth inning, a single by Pablo Sandoval and a Brandon Crawford walk put runners on first and second with one out against Milner. Enter Noe Ramirez, whose streak of four consecutive scoreless appearances ended swiftly.Mauricio Dubon singled, loading the bases. Chadwick Tromp hit a fly ball to right field, deep enough for Sandoval to tag up and score. Yastrzemski hit a bases-clearing double, scoring Crawford and Dubon to give the Giants a 6-5 lead.The bleeding stopped there, as Mayers struck out Alex Dickerson to end the inning. San Francisco only put one runner on base the rest of the game.“The relievers at the end of the game permitted this to happen,” Maddon said. “We need more of that. We need a lot more of that.”Related Articles PreviousGriffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during the first inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 17, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Tommy La Stella watches his walk-off two-run home run during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. The Angels won 7-6. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Angels’ Tommy La Stella points while running the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. The Angels won 7-6. 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Haffey/Getty Images)Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels chases a triple hit by Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 17, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts to allowing a solo homerun to Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 17, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Third base coach Ron Wotus congratulates Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants after his solo homerun during the first inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 17, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches during the first inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 17, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Tommy La Stella watches his walk-off two-run home run during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. The Angels won 7-6. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)NextShow Caption1 of 31Los Angeles Angels’ Tommy La Stella watches his walk-off two-run home run during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. The Angels won 7-6. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Expandlast_img read more