January 17

Birds, Bees, Cows.

first_img It’s fundamental: cows are as important as bulls in improving cattle herds. Educate members of the beef industry on feeding and health programs that result in heifers reaching target weights for breeding purposes. Evaluate heifers for performance, frame characteristics, reproductive traits, carcass traits and disposition. Verify the genetics and source of good heifer characteristics for later use. Show what teamwork between farmers, scientists, county agents and the Georgia Beef Association can produce. It takes two. Cattle breeders know that, but for decades they’ve focused all theirherd-improvement efforts on the bulls.”We’ve been looking at the males for 42 years,” said Robert Stewart, aTifton, Ga., beef cattle scientist with the University of Georgia College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences. “It’s about time we looked at the females, which are asimportant or more important in cattle breeding.” First Heifer EvaluationsThis year, for the first time ever, Stewart and many others in the college andcooperating organizations evaluated heifers (female cattle that haven’t yet had a calf).They studied them for their carcass and breeding traits in a program called HERD: HeiferEvaluation and Reproductive Development.”This is the only heifer-evaluation program we know of east of the MississippiRiver,” he said. The Georgia HERD program is modeled after some in Ohio and Missouri.But because of the climate in the Southeast, the Georgia scientists had to change how theyfed the heifers.Replacing Heifers CriticalStewart said replacing heifers is just as critical as selecting bulls. But many cattlefarmers don’t know how to effectively evaluate them. So Stewart formed a 26-member team tohelp address the problem. The HERD program objectives:center_img CAES File Photo First Year a SuccessOverall, Stewart and Patsie Cannon, the research coordinator who partnered with Stewartto oversee the project, are pleased with the first year.In all, 39 farmers entered 234 heifers in the program. At the end, they sold 142heifers, including 71 born in December 1998 through February of ’99. The other half wereborn in September through November of ’98. At an April 25 sale, 31 buyers came from Georgia,Florida and Alabama. They paid an average of $883 per heifer.The program involves county agents as decision-makers and workers, Stewart said. Manyagribusinesses are partners in the program, too. “(HERD) has the potential to have avery positive effect on both purebred and commercial herds across the state,” Stewartsaid.last_img read more

December 31

India looking at $40 billion investment to boost battery manufacturing capacity

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ET Energy World:The government is considering a plan to establish battery making capacity of 40 gigawatts (GW) to give a boost to its electrical vehicles and renewable energy initiatives, an official said. It will ask states to compete for the opportunity to set up internationally competitive facilities that will also service global markets. Domestic and global battery makers will be asked to bid for setting up plants in the selected states.The proposal is expected to entail investments of $40 billion in the next two-three years and is likely to garner interest from global battery manufacturing firms and renewable energy players such as SoftBank, Tesla and Panasonic, a government official said.The Centre is working on fiscal and non-fiscal measures to enable states to set up manufacturing units as competitive as those in China. Bids will be judged on the basis of land, incentives, power tariff discounts and regulatory and industrial support. Plants have to be competitive so that exports are commercially viable.The large-scale battery manufacturing proposal is aimed at making storage systems competitive in India so electric vehicle adoption becomes more viable. Batteries and battery cells are imported from the likes of China and the US. With plans to add 175 GW renewable energy generation capacity by 2022 and ensure that 30% of India’s vehicles are electrically powered by 2030, the demand for battery storage is pegged at 300 GW.“The Centre is exploring opportunities on how to make battery manufacturing at giga-scale happen quickly and in the shortest possible time because that is the crux of the entire growth, be it electric vehicles or new and renewable energy sources,” the government official said.“The industry needs to have confidence to come forward, as there is huge requirement of battery storage,” said another official. “Even for just the FAME-II targets of e-vehicles, we will require 70 GW batteries in the next three years. A company that starts making them here can become a global leader rather than looking up to countries such as Vietnam, Korea or China.” The official urged India to first make batteries before moving on to cells.More: Centre to invite bids for 40GW battery plants India looking at $40 billion investment to boost battery manufacturing capacitylast_img read more

August 28

Avram Grant charges Ghana players to stay longer in local league

first_imgBlack Stars coach, Avram Grant, has offered some words of advice to local-based players over their career choices.Over the past decade, footballers in the Ghana Premier League and lower divisions have developed the strong penchant for seeking greener pastures just after probably one breakthrough season instead of probably playing a bit longer to mature before moving on to the bigger leagues in Europe and other continents.The trend over the years, has been largely attributed to low salary levels and the lack of chance to break through to the senior national team squad. It has almost looked like players get called up to the Black Stars mostly when they make the step out of the country.The 60-year-old ex-Chelsea manager has recommended that players in the domestic leaguehttp://twitter.com/garyalsmith stay a bit longer to mature before moving out.“If I can give them advice, sometimes it’s better to stay in the league in Ghana for one or two more years to develop before going to Europe.”“Because in football if you are good it doesn’t matter where you play everything will go on well with you.” Grant said. Grant himself, has recently come for some bashing for calling only one local goalkeeper Fatau Dauda in the Black Stars squad for last month’s friendlies with Senegal and Mali.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more