Grazing School

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension forage specialist Dennis Hancock has organized the annual Georgia Grazing School set for Sept. 20 – 21 at the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL)building on the UGA campus in Tifton, Georgia. This two-day workshop will focus on soil fertility, forage crop establishment, plant growth, animal nutrient requirements, and management-intensive grazing. Training will take place in both classroom and field settings. Multiple classroom lectures addressing plant and grazing management will be combined with farm visits. The first farm visit will be to the UGA Bull Evaluation Center for hands-on learning and demonstrations. Then, the group will visit Deep Grass Graziers, a grass-fed beef farm in Irwinville, Georgia, where intensive grazing management is practiced. Participants will also hear from George Owens, a North Florida cattlemen who has developed a silvopasture production system on his farm. Cost of the two-day program is $150 for the first person from each farm and $75 per person for each additional person from a farm or family. Registration includes lunches, break snacks, dinner on the first night and a grazing school handbook. Registration is limited and participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on the Grazing School, visit www.georgiaforages.com.last_img read more

Villager fakes death to circumvent India’s virus lockdown

first_imgThe region’s Superintendent of Police, Ramesh Angral, said the four men and the driver travelled more than 160 kilometers in the ambulance, passing many checkpoints using a fake death certificate from the hospital.”The ambulance was stopped at the last checkpoint before they could reach home,” Angral told AFP.”A policeman there immediately figured out that the man lying covered inside the ambulance could not be dead.”The men were arrested and quarantined separately, Angral said, adding that they faced charges of “cheating and defying the government’s prohibitory orders”. A Kashmiri villager faked his death and travelled more than a hundred miles in an ambulance with four others in a desperate bid to circumvent India’s virus lockdown and return home, police said Wednesday.Hakim Din was being treated for a minor head injury at a hospital in Jammu when an ambulance driver suggested the 70-year-old fake his death to get past checkpoints, police said.Din and three other men wanted to return to Poonch, a far-flung region in Indian-administered Kashmir close to the de facto border with Pakistan. There are no known coronavirus cases in the Poonch region.India imposed a 21-day nationwide lockdown from last Wednesday to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.There are more than 1,600 cases, including 38 deaths, in the vast nation of 1.3 billion people, according to the government.The nationwide lockdown comes in the wake of a long-running curfew in Kashmir, imposed as New Delhi scrapped the restive region’s semi-autonomous status on August 5.Some aspects of the curfew were gradually eased in the following months, allowing Kashmiris to travel outside their homes and villages.But some Kashmiris have been left stranded in cities and unable to return home to their villages after the sudden nationwide lockdown announcement.Internet access, which was cut in the earlier lockdown, has remained severely restricted with only 2G access.Many mobile phone users have also been unable to access the internet on their devices.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Teams fight for seven CHAN places

first_imgSeven teams will have booked their place at next year’s African Nations Championship in South Africa after this weekend’s round of qualifiers.Nigeria appear set to fill one of the berths as they take a 4-1 lead into the second leg of their tie against Cote d’Ivoire.And if the reigning African champions are successful, they will reach the finals for the first time.Ousted by Ghana and minnows Niger in previous qualifying competitions, the Super Eagles are desperate to end five years of failure.While coach Stephen Keshi preaches caution, it would be the biggest shock in qualifying for the tournament, which is for home-based players, if they surrender their advantage.“We cannot afford to take our feet off the pedal because we won the first match,” said Keshi, who led the full senior team to the Africa Cup of Nations title in Soweto in February. “The Ivorians are a very good side and we must prepare thoroughly for the second leg or face the prospect of losing out on Nations Championship qualification again.”Ethiopia are another country hoping to make the finals for the first time, although they are less favourably placed than Nigeria having defeated Rwanda only 1-0 in Addis Ababa.Sewnet Bishaw, who took the Cup of Nations team to the finals last January after a 31-year absence, is confident of completing the task in Kigali.“I promise that we will beat Rwanda in their backyard – I do not foresee any serious problems having watched them in the first encounter,” he boasted.Only three of the 23-strong Cup of Nations squad are based abroad, leaving Bishaw with a wealth of experience to call on, including midfield dribbler Shimelis Bekele. A 1-0 victory in Tanzania through a goal from defender Denis Iguma has placed Uganda in pole position to reach a second consecutive Nations Championship tournament.But the Cranes have often fallen at the final hurdle in various qualifying tournaments and Serb coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic remains wary of his east African nUganda will lack both first-leg strikers with Tony Odour sidelined by a pulled muscle and Patrick Edema in Portugal for trials with a third-tier club.Mali are well placed having beaten Guinea 3-1 at home, as are Sudan after forcing a 1-1 draw in Burundi.But Burkina Faso and 2009 champions Democratic Republic of Congo face tough tasks against Niger and Congo-Brazzaville respectively having built just one-goal home leads.There are also four first-leg fixtures with Cameroon belatedly hosting Gabon after the lifting this week of a Fifa ban on the country for state interference. Southern region fixtures between Botswana and Zambia, Mozambique and Namibia and Mauritius and Zimbabwe complete the 11-match schedule.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Austin Barnes stakes his claim to starting catcher’s job with key hit in Game 5

first_imgLOS ANGELES — A year ago, Yasmani Grandal went hitless in the Dodgers’ first Division Series game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Austin Barnes was the Dodgers’ starting catcher for the rest of that series, and the next, and wound up playing all but three innings in a seven-game World Series against the Astros. Grandal did not start again.Then as now, whatever Barnes does with his bat is a bonus. Playing his second game in less than 24 hours on Wednesday, Barnes struck out three times against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. His only hit was a fifth-inning single against Brandon Woodruff, but it changed the complexion of the game – and the series.“That was the at-bat of the game,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.As Barnes’ line drive split the Brewers’ drawn-in infield, Chris Taylor scored from third base to tie the score at 1. Decoy pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig was removed from the on-deck circle. Clayton Kershaw then batted for himself, laid down a bunt, and pitched two more innings without allowing a run. The Dodgers won 5-2 and took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Barnes made Manager Dave Roberts’ decision to stick with Kershaw a cinch. He also set an example for his teammates, third baseman Justin Turner said.“(The Brewers) obviously have good arms in their bullpen and it’s not easy stuff,” Turner said, “and I thought we did a lot better job from Austin’s at-bat on. The quality of at-bats were unbelievable compared to the rest of the series.”Barnes did not play his way into the lineup so much as Grandal played his way out. In Game 1, Grandal was charged with two passed balls and committed two errors, a first for any catcher in the postseason. Grandal committed another passed ball in Game 3 and could not block a wild pitch that bounced off home plate, allowing a runner to score from third. At one point, the Dodger Stadium crowd was literally chanting Barnes’ name, hoping Grandal would be replaced.In 23 at-bats this postseason, Grandal has just three hits and 11 strikeouts. History appears to be repeating itself. Has Barnes become the Dodgers’ No. 1 catcher in the midst of another historic playoff run? “He’s making our decision a lot tougher, which is a good thing,” Roberts said.Although he didn’t indicate whether Grandal or Barnes would start Game 6 on Friday in Milwaukee, recent history favors Barnes. Hyun-Jin Ryu will start for the Dodgers, and Barnes has caught two of Ryu’s previous four starts.After choosing Barnes to catch Ryu in Game 2 of the NLCS, Roberts specifically cited the rapport between the pitcher and catcher. The Dodgers won that game, and have won all three of Barnes’ starts in the series. They are 0-2 with Grandal.“He’s doing a great job,” Roberts said of Barnes. “His rapport with the pitchers, as is Yasmani’s, is very good. The fingers are good. The receiving good. At-bat quality, this is what we’ve seen from him in years past, and at times this year not so much as much as we would have liked or he would have liked.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies While Grandal re-established himself as the clear starter this season, Barnes regressed. He was a .205 hitter in limited playing time after batting .289 in 2017.“It was kind of a grind this year,” he said.Lately, “grind” has taken on new meaning. Beginning in the 13th inning of Game 4 on Tuesday night, the Dodgers abandoned a swing-for-the-fences approach at the plate, resting their offense on line drives, well-placed singles and exhausting opposing pitchers with long at-bats. They have not hit a home run since the series shifted to Los Angeles, but it’s hardly mattered. The Dodgers will return to Milwaukee needing one win to clinch a return to the World Series.Barnes, listed at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, has never swung for the fences. The same approach that has worked best for him has become contagious at the right time.“We’re battling, scrapping, grinding, trying to find ways to scratch runs across,” Turner said. “And I’ll tell you, it’s a lot better feeling getting on the plane going there up three games to two than it would be if we were down two games to three.”center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more