Beef industry

first_imgBeef may be ‘what’s for dinner,’ but it’s also a big deal in Georgia agriculture — injecting about $409 million a year into the state’s economy and providing a livelihood for hundreds of Georgia families. That makes Jacob Seger’s new job as University of Georgia Cooperative Extension beef cattle specialist personal. He’s responsible for helping Georgia’s cattle producers make the most of their herds and for helping beef consumers have a better understanding of their hamburgers and steaks. After several years of drought, hay shortages and now, problems caused by too much rain — he gets questions all the time from farmers trying to improve production efficiency in their herds. “It is my job to provide timely, accurate and comprehensive information to producers and consumers alike. Helping people to translate scientific research into terms that they can understand, and hopefully use, is extremely important, and, to me, typifies the mission of world class land-grant universities like UGA,” Segers said. Segers describes his new position as a dream job. The Georgia native and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences alum recently concluded a three and a half year stint at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The majority of his UGA work, 85 percent, will focus on keeping county agents, farmers and consumers informed on the most current topics and technologies available to the beef industry. “Regardless of how good our product is or how many advances we make, those advancements are only as good as consumers’ perception of our product,” Segers said. “Hopefully, we’re going to get some stuff done to try to assess consumer perception when they walk into a grocery store. What influences their buying decisions? What’s more important to them? Hopefully, that will give us some information on what we need to focus on in terms of managing our cattle.”Segers grew up in north Georgia, near Jasper. His grandparents raised commercial cows when he was a child. He quickly became involved in 4-H and FFA in middle school and high school. Segers attended UGA and was on the 2007 Livestock Judging Team with coach Jary Douglas. He also became a recruiter for the animal and dairy science department. While in graduate school at UGA, he worked closely with the Georgia Cattleman’s Association. Segers will once again work alongside cattle farmers in what has emerged as a booming business statewide. The new Extension specialist sees his UGA job as a way of paying back those who helped him in his career. “That’s why it’s a dream come true for me. I get to come back and help the people who helped me,” he said.If the state’s industry is to continue to succeed, Segers believes it starts with consumers and discovering what their needs and wants are.He will also teach courses at UGA’s Tifton Campus. Segers will teach Grazing Animal Production and Management when UGA’s spring semester starts in January 2014. He describes the class as a hybrid between beef production and forages.“Extension in Georgia is a model program nationwide, the way that we have our county agents set up and our county delivery system is just excellent,” Segers said. “For me it’s coming home. The opportunity to come back and give back to the program that’s totally responsible for every success that I’ve had, there’s no way I would have been able to stay in animal agriculture or be a part of the things I’ve been a part of had it not been for Extension, 4-H and FFA here in Georgia.”For more information about how UGA Extension helps beef producers maximize the potential of their herds, visit caes.uga.edu/commodities.last_img read more

Continue reading

Half of Tokyo residents oppose Olympics in 2021: Poll

first_imgThe Games are now scheduled to begin on July 23, 2021, although they will still be known as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.Officials from Japan and the International Olympic Committee have warned it will not be possible to postpone again, and even the year-long delay has created significant financial and logistical headaches.The poll, conducted ahead of the Tokyo gubernatorial election on July 5, also found incumbent Yuriko Koike leading her opponents “by a large margin”.Her precise lead was not specified, in keeping with a media tradition of not publishing polling figures in the days before a vote.Koike has been heavily involved in preparations for the Games, travelling to Rio for the handover ceremony after the last Summer Olympics.Earlier this month, she told AFP that the rescheduled Olympics will be safe despite the coronavirus pandemic, pledging a “120-percent effort” to ensure the first-ever postponed Games can go ahead. Just over half of Tokyo’s residents don’t think the postponed 2020 Olympics should be held next year, backing either a further delay or outright cancellation because of fears over the coronavirus, according to a poll published Monday.The survey carried out by two Japanese news organizations is only a single data point, but comes after health experts warned that even a year’s delay may not be sufficient to hold the Games safely.The poll conducted over the weekend found 51.7 percent of respondents hope the Games in 2021 are postponed again or cancelled, while 46.3 percent want to see the rescheduled Olympics go ahead. Among those opposed to a 2021 Games, 27.7 percent said they want them cancelled altogether, while 24.0 percent would prefer a second postponement.The telephone poll, conducted by Kyodo News and Tokyo MX television between June 26-28, received 1,030 replies.Of those who said they want to see the Games held next year, 31.1 percent said the event should be in a scaled-back form, including without spectators, while 15.2 percent said they wanted to see a full-blown Olympics.Tokyo 2020 was postponed in March as the coronavirus spread across the globe, causing the worst disruption to the Olympics since two editions were cancelled during World War II.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Continue reading

Indian Premier League Simon Katich calls for better umpiring in IPL

first_imgKolkata: Though Katich was not forthcoming, he pointed out the contentious decision which went in favour of Delhi Capitals’ Shikhar Dhawan in Friday’s match against KKR.The southpaw, who survived a review on 11, went on to seal the match for the Capitals with an unbeaten 97.“I don’t want to get into trouble. I will give a stock standard answer: It’s a tough job. Obviously last night, there was a contentious one (Dhawan) and unfortunately it didn’t go away,” Katich in a roundabout manner said what he intended to.The ongoing edition of the IPL has had quite a few umpiring controversies so far leading to top players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli coming down heavily on the standard of umpiring.While Dhoni’s latest conduct has not been above board, Katich was all praise for his leadership skills and ability to take the game deep.“It will be interesting to see what the master in Dhoni goes with tomorrow. He seems to pull the right strings at the right time. He is so well prepared. There’s a lot of thought put into the team. He’s very clever in the way he uses his bowlers, his field positions,” said Dhoni.“We got completely outplayed in Chennai. But we feel our team suits our wicket as well with the quality spinners we’ve got. Unfortunately, we didn’t adapt to the conditions in Chennai. We thought it was a 180-wicket and it took us probably four overs to realise that and the game was done and dusted.”The Australian cited the CSK skipper’s decision to drop Harbhajan Singh in favour of left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner against Rajasthan Royals. The New Zealander did well with the bowl as well as sealed the match for CSK with a six off the final delivery.“He did not play his in-form bowler Harbhajan because they (RR) had five right handers in top order. He brought in Santner, who did a good job for them. He’s very clever in the way he goes about it and we probably need to take a leaf out of that book,” Katich said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Continue reading

‘We are all Koulibaly’: Napoli fans don masks to support racism victim

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Milan, Italy | AFP | Thousands of Napoli fans showed their support for Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly who was subjected to racist chanting at Inter Milan in midweek by wearing masks and holding up his picture before their team’s Serie A game against Bologna on Saturday.Posters with the message “Siamo Tutti Koulibaly” (“We are all Koulibaly”) were visible throughout the Stadio San Paolo during the game which the hosts won 3-2.Napoli’s French-born player Koulibaly was targeted by monkey noises and racist chants at the San Siro on Wednesday, before being sent off for sarcastically applauding the referee.Serie A returned to action three days after the violent clashes in Milan during which an Inter supporter died after being hit by a car.And fans showed their solidarity with Koulibaly, wearing masks with the player’s face, as well as t-shirts bearing his name.The home fans also displayed a banner on front of the stadium, “We are all Koulibaly: no to racism!,” with fliers in the stadium “Koulibaly big brother” or “We’re with you Kalidou”.Among them a very young fan held up a poster with: “I’m small, but a man like Koulibaly”.On the pitch, Napoli’s Algerian defender Faouzi Ghoulam wore Koulibaly’s number 26 shirt in warm-up with the Senegalese player suspended after his sending off on Wednesday.“It doesn’t matter the colour of the skin. It doesn’t matter religion. It doesn’t matter what team you’re rooting for. Football, like all sports, is a game. And all the games are passion, fun, freedom: And in freedom we are all alike! Tomorrow we will all be koulibaly!,” Ghoulam tweeted before the match.European football governing body UEFA said that the correct anti-racism protocol had not been followed during the midweek game.And Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti said Saturday they would have been in favour of the match being suspended temporarily. “There was a bit of confusion after Milan, we never asked for the suspension, but three times a temporary interruption.“UEFA confirmed that we are right, it surprises me that the president of the referees federation disagrees.“I hope it will never happen again or we will walk off the pitch.”Ancelotti added: “50,000 people calling Koulibaly’s name is quite a show, there has been a good feeling throughout the city.“Kalidou is very popular, he has had messages from many sportsmen and it is a sign that it is not so difficult to improve things.”Meanwhile, there were also banners before Saturday’s match between Parma and Roma in memory of 39-year-old Inter Milan supporter Daniele Belardinelli, who was killed during the pre-match clashes.“Ciao Dede” and “an ultra never dies, Daniele with us” were two of the banners remembering Belardinelli who had been banned from the San Siro between 2007 and 2017 for violence.last_img read more

Continue reading