Poultry Ventilation App

first_imgUniversity of Georgia poultry housing experts have released the state’s first app to help poultry farmers determine how much they should ventilate their houses during cold weather. With thousands of birds living in a single house, keeping the air warm and fresh without spending a fortune on fuel during the winter can be one of the toughest challenges for broiler producers. The new app, called “CHKMINVENT,” is meant to simplify this process, said Mike Czarick, a poultry housing engineer at UGA’s Department of Poultry Science. “In the summertime, ventilation is fairly straightforward. A producer knows that if they have older birds and it is hot, they are going to operate all of their tunnel fans. There really is no question about it. The more air they can move through the house, the better off their birds will be,” he said. “In the winter, there is so much more at stake. Ventilate too much and you will have excessive energy costs and stressed birds. Ventilate too little you will have poor air quality and wet litter, which can lead to poor performance and health. You really have to be much more thoughtful about how much you operate your fans.” The app, available through Apple’s App Store, allows farmers to enter variables, such as the outside temperature, the amount of water the chickens consume, the temperature inside the house and the size of the poultry house’s fans. It then calculates how long farmers need to run their fans in order to remove excess moisture from the house and keep the chickens at a comfortable temperature. The programming in the background of the app that handles the calculations is based on years of research into poultry housing and on a series of spreadsheets that Czarick and fellow UGA Cooperative Extension poultry faculty members Brian Fairchild and John Worley have developed to help farmers with these calculations. “The app gives people a starting point as to how much fresh air they need to bring in to control house air quality and litter moisture. It’s not intended to provide a precise minimum ventilation rate. It’s going to take adjusting, but this at least gives a scientifically based place to start,” Czarick said. UGA’s Department of Poultry Science is unique in that it has a history of using science and engineering to provide solutions for poultry producers. Poultry scientists and engineers at UGA pioneered research on bird cooling, bird stress and poultry housing systems in the 1990s and continue to be experts in this field today. For more about poultry housing research and outreach, visit poultryventilation.com. For more information about the Department of Poultry Science visit poultry.uga.edu. For more information about the CHKMINVENT app, search for it on Apple’s App Store. For now, the app is only available for iPhone, but the team may develop versions for other operating systems based on demand for this initial version.last_img read more

Syracuse basketball season ends with 83-66 loss to North Carolina in Final Four

first_imgHOUSTON — It was one thought to the next for Mike Hopkins; everything that entered his head, exited his mouth, too. Explaining the postseason run for him was easy because it lacked a filter, but difficult because it accompanied emotion. His eyes were still red as he sat alone in the corner of the locker room. Only minutes had passed since Syracuse’s magical Final Four run had ended.First he lamented the loss to Pittsburgh in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, remembering all the games that didn’t go Syracuse’s way. Then it was the “shot of adrenaline” for SU when it did make the NCAA Tournament. The defense started getting “on steroids.” The specific matchups with Gonzaga, the late “epic” comebacks.The explanation as to how Syracuse got here was jumbled and unorganized. But for Hopkins, so too was the moment he was presently in.“Those are emotional moments,” Hopkins said, a little smile creeping through as he held back more tears. ”All the coaches played and we all remember those emotions going through us. So we can appreciate a little more than the guy that hasn’t. Syracuse is a special place. You have the kids that give their heart and soul. You feel it just as much as they do.”This is a season that will forever be remembered for a two-week stretch that negated four months of inconsistency and one month of suspension. Four wins, with each building on an unexpected and fantastic storyline.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut on the biggest stage, in front of a full 75,505-person NRG Stadium. In front of a student section full of those that sat for 32 hours on a bus to get there. In front of Vice President Joe Biden and a national television audience watching to see them play, Syracuse faltered in its season-ending loss. A magic-ending, 83-66, loss. The end of a run that will forever be a part of No. 10 seed Syracuse (23-14, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) history.“Losing hurts,” said Malachi Richardson, a towel fully covering his sulking head. “I don’t like to lose at all. This loss hurts.”No. 1 seed North Carolina (33-6, 14-4) couldn’t get a 3 to go in the first half, but that really didn’t matter. The Tar Heels collected eight offensive rebounds and it led to 10 second-chance points. Once they started to attack the interior, Syracuse started to get into foul trouble, and UNC started connecting on its shots. Michael Gbinije, Richardson and Tyler Lydon all picked up their second foul in the span of 66 seconds — with the freshman forward palming his hands on his head in disbelief after the call.Gbinije couldn’t get anything going on offense all night, failing to find an offensive rhythm. He struggled to pass in transition and missed all five of his 3-point shots, and 13 of the 18 he took overall. When Jim Boeheim called a timeout with 16:54 to play, Gbinije walked with the ball in his hands all the way toward the Syracuse bench, and just dropped it to the hardwood when he got there. The Tar Heels had just scored four fast break points of turnovers, the latter two on Gbinije’s careless drive into the teeth of UNC’s defense. Published on April 2, 2016 at 11:05 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Logan Reidsma | Senior Staff Photographer“I can only judge the effort,” Gbinije said. “Not really the outcome.”Syracuse’s season-saving, game-winning run against Virginia started the same way that SU’s run against the Tar Heels did. A deep 3 from Cooney and then a steal and dunk using the full-court press. Richardson got the basket for an and-one, leaving his emotional head coach clapping vigorously on the sideline. Then Richardson made a 3 from the top of the key. A 10-0 run to slice a 17-point deficit to seven.But Syracuse finished off that run against Virginia. It smothered the Cavaliers and took a six-point lead before laying off the gas. Syracuse’s run on Saturday started and ended with that 10-0 spurt. On the next possession down, Marcus Paige hit the first 3 of UNC’s 13 tries on the night. He’d hit two more before it was all over.“We almost had it,” Dajuan Coleman said. “But he just couldn’t get the magic stops that we usually get. The better team won today.”Cooney squinted up at the scoreboard with two minutes and 27 seconds left to play — at that point it was clear that was all the time left in his college career. He was catching his breath, his chest pumping in and out. His arms at his hips.Syracuse had pushed past each team it played this NCAA Tournament with a powerful second half. A 26-5 run against Dayton. A 21-2 run against Middle Tennessee. A 15-3 run against Gonzaga. Then another 21-2 run vs. Virginia. Syracuse had gassed each team that it played. It had thrown the last punch.But there Cooney stood, exhausted and out of breath. Syracuse’s season on the inevitable brink of closure.This time, Syracuse was the one that was gassed. It had taken the final blow.“I give my team a tremendous amount of credit for being able to do what they’ve done.” Boeheim said. “… I’m more proud of this team than any team I’ve ever coached.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

L.A. Angels’ southpaw C.J. Wilson could be out for season with bone spurs

first_imgWilson said an MRI in April revealed the bone spurs. He said it was recommended to him he quit throwing, but the compromise was that he would not throw between starts while managing the injury.“But the whole time I’ve been losing range of motion from the bone spurs continually growing,” Wilson said. “So it’s been more difficult just to even throw strikes.”Wilson demonstrated that he can’t come close to completely straightening out his elbow.“That’s all I got,” he said. “So there’s nothing much I can really do there. I don’t have a good knuckleball. We’ve got plenty of other pitchers who can pick it up. I was told basically to stop throwing in April, so I pushed through and got another hundred innings out of my elbow and pretty much gave it everything I had.” By now, he said he couldn’t even play catch between starts. He gave up six earned runs in four innings in his most recent start on Tuesday in Houston. Wilson was asked if he is definitely out for the year. He intimated that is the probability, but that he was going to seek opinions from orthopedic surgeons Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. James Andrews.“I just want to be able to pitch next year and pitch effectively and not risk doing something that’s going to cost me next year as well,” said Wilson, 34, who bounced back just fine from the surgeries in ‘08 and ‘12.Angels manager Mike Scioscia said it was obvious that Wilson was struggling to execute his pitches of late. “This year I know there were a lot of games where he pitched with a lot of discomfort here and there – just like any other pitcher – to go out there and get it done,” Scioscia said. “But last couple of starts you just didn’t see the crispness, you didn’t see the life that he would have as far as maintaining his stuff through a higher pitch count. But I think it was just going in the wrong direction, for sure.”Wilson is making $18,000,000 this season.Pederson sits againDodgers rookie center fielder Joc Pederson was not in the lineup for the second consecutive game, partly because the Angels threw a lefty, partly because Pederson is struggling mightily at the plate.Pederson batted just .169 in July with one home run and five RBIs. On the season, he has 21 home runs and 43 RBIs, but just a .225 batting average.“I think as much as anything, he just gets a chance to watch the game,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “A lot of times, you don’t realize that you see that much more when you don’t have to perform that day. … Young guys get caught up in everything and their minds start going over all kinds of stuff.“You get too close to it and you don’t really see the big picture. And I want him to see the big picture. So this is just another day to let everything calm down, do some work and not have to try to go out and use it right away.”Mattingly on TroutCount Mattingly among the fans of Angels center fielder and reigning AL MVP Mike Trout.It’s no fun facing him,” Mattingly said. “But he’s a good representative of our game, for sure. He’s an easy guy to like, and he plays the game right. He always runs hard and gets after it. He’s a guy that steals bags, makes plays, hits homers and hits for average, so there’s really not a whole lot not to like.“And he’s always playing with a smile on his face. He’s having fun and playing the game like a kid, but he’s also serious about getting better, and he seems to be really respectful of the game.” Angels southpaw C.J. Wilson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and could be out for the season with bone spurs in his left elbow. Wilson, who had surgery to remove bone spurs in August 2008 and October 2012, said he expects to have the same surgery unless a second opinion tells him he won’t need it. An MRI on Friday revealed the damage.Wilson spoke to reporters about the situation prior to Saturday’s Freeway Series game against the Dodgers. He was chagrined.“Yeah, it sucks,” said Wilson, who is 8-8 with an ERA of 3.89 in 21 starts. “… Despite the win-loss record I feel like I had a lot of really good games where I provided depth and stuff for the team.“But right now I just have to cheerlead and help in some other way.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more