LeCOUNT Inc. is the International Business Council Exporter of the Year

first_imgLeCOUNT Inc., a White River Junction tool manufacturer, has been named Exporter of the Year by the Vermont International Business Council (VIBC), a standing committee of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. LeCOUNT expanding mandrels and hydraulic workholding tooling are purchased by gear manufacturers in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, India, Japan, Canada, and China. The company is named after Charles W. LeCount, who patented his expanding mandrels in 1847.Presented to a company that has contributed significantly to Vermont’s international trade stature, the Exporter of the Year award recognizes the hard work, innovation, and vision displayed by companies competing in the global marketplace.LeCOUNT’s realization that it must compete in the global manufacturing market led management to develop a variety of foreign relationships, including exclusive distributor relationships, private label distribution agreements, and partnerships with much larger manufacturers to establish worldwide sales relationships. Chip Brettell, LeCOUNT Chief Executive Officer, noted: “The key to success is finding the right liaisons and supporting those affiliations in a proactive and efficient manner.”The Exporter of the Year award is given in recognition that flexibility and proactive marketing are keys to success in a global export market that is highly competitive and vulnerable to worldwide economic trends. Curtis Picard, Vermont Chamber Vice President of International Trade, remarked: “LeCOUNT sets the gold standard for the true test of a company’s success, measured by the ability to bring marketing, technical, and business ingenuity to the marketplace.”The VIBC’s mission is to advocate the use of international trade as an economic tool for Vermont businesses, and to encourage Vermont businesses to stimulate their economic well-being by participating in the global marketplace.Exporters honored in years past include Tubbs Snowshoes, Rock of Ages Corporation; Saint Michael’s School of International Studies; and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. LeCOUNT Inc. will receive the Exporter of the Year award at the May 27 International Trade Event featuring U.S. Ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci. The international trade celebration is part of the Chamber’s Vermont Business and Industry EXPO. For more information about the International Trade Event or other EXPO special events, please log on to www.vtexpo.com(link is external).FACTSHHET: VERMONT INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COUNCIL EXPORTER OF THE YEARLeCOUNT, Inc.White River Junction, Vermont“Tooling Solutions Worldwide”LeCOUNT, Inc. is a tool manufacturer based in White River Junction, Vermont. The company’s expanding mandrels and hydraulic workholding tooling are purchased by gear manufacturers in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, India, Japan, Canada, and China.The Vermont International Business Council honors LeCOUNT, Inc. with the Exporter of the Year Award because:• It recognized early on that is needed to see the world as its marketplace;• It has developed and maintained quality sales channels around the world despite language, paperwork, legal, and cultural challenges;• It has proven that a small company in a rural state can compete with much larger companies on a global basis;• It has utilized state and federal resources in an efficient and timely manner;• It encourages others in its industry to understand the need to export in a shrinking United States manufacturing environment; and• LeCOUNT, Inc. and the jobs it provides would not exist if it were not for export sales.LeCOUNT, Inc. Highlights• The company is named after Charles W. LeCOUNT, who patented the expanding mandrel in 1847.• Founder and Chief Executive officer Chip Brettell worked for AT&T after receiving a BSME degree from the University of Vermont, and accomplished graduate work in the field of computer integrated manufacturing at Brigham Young University.• In 1990, Chip Brettell bought the assets (including early 1960’s-vintage machines) of a company called Tool Tech Corporation, where he had spent summers working as a teenager.• LeCOUNT, Inc. employs six people in the fields of sales and marketing, process engineering, assembly and inspection, engineering, accounting, and machining.• Gear manufacturers and end-users purchase LeCOUNT’s tooling, including makers of cars, jet engines, tractors, trucks, motorcycles, hand-held power tools, printers, exercise machines, airplanes, and machine tools.• The company manufactures a more precise version of the original LeCOUNT expanding mandrel, patented in 1847, as well as “special order” parts like hydraulic arbors, chucks, and chuck systems.• LeCOUNT, Inc. attends or is represented at tradeshows worldwide, including JIMTOF, a major machine tool exposition held in Japan; as well as shows in China, Brazil, and Germany.• Vermont Chamber of Commerce international trade specialists Curtis Picard and Chris Barbieri, as well as Susan Murray of the U.S. Department of Commerce Montpelier office, have assisted and advised LeCOUNT, Inc. in their efforts in Asia and the Pacific Rim.• Currently LeCOUNT, Inc. derives well over 50% of its annual revenue from export sales, enjoying a growth rate of about 5-7% per year over the past 4 years.last_img read more

Windy, Rainy, Cooler Weather Arrives in Palm Beach County

first_imgHold on to your hat and skirt! We are experiencing a cool front which is bringing lots of wind and dangerous beach conditions for your weekend.Sustained wind speeds will be in the 20 to 25 mph range with gusts topping out in the 40 to 50 mph range. This will make for high seas building to 9 feet on the coast up to 14 feet in Gulf Stream. Small Craft Advisory, Gale Warning and High Surf Advisory are all active.last_img

England’s title hopes are dashed

first_img13 Aug 2015 England’s title hopes are dashed England’s hopes of regaining the Men’s Home Internationals title were dashed today when they lost a desperately close match with Scotland. The European champions beat England 8-7 and must be favourites to win the Raymond Trophy, having taken four points from the two matches played so far. Tomorrow they will meet Ireland, the hosts at Royal Portrush and defending champions, who beat Wales today and have three points so far in the series. England, who halved yesterday with Ireland for one point, will play Wales, who have yet to score. The championship is supported by Fairstone Financial Management. In today’s match England trailed 3-2 after the morning foursomes, gaining their points from two halved matches and one late win, provided by Ashton Turner and Jamie Bower, who battled back to win on the 18th. England challenged strongly for the singles points but fell agonisingly short. The session was intensely close with only one game decided – in Scotland’s favour – by a large margin. Of the others, one match was decided on the 16th, four on the 17th and four on the 18th. England’s singles wins were recorded by Ashley Chesters (image © Leaderboard Photography), Jimmy Mullen, Dan Brown, Alfie Plant and Sean Towndrow. The deciding match involved Lancashire’s Paul Kinnear who battled hard but finally bowed out to Connor Syme on the 17th. Team captain Terry Casey commented: “Sadly we again underperformed in the foursomes and this time it caught up with us. We were outplayed in a few matches and let at least one winning position slip. When our last pair snatched an unlikely, but timely win, we had at least given ourselves a chance. “Our position this afternoon was a lot better and we came out strongly, but the Scots were never likely to make it easy and although we were up in a number of matches we couldn’t quite get away, Many matches went to the last hole and it was really exciting and with one more win we could still have won overall, but it wasn’t to be.” Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

NBA and WNBA Players Film PSAs to Encourage Fans to Reduce Coronavirus Risk

first_imgAdvertisement NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1ettjWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7g( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) dppjWould you ever consider trying this?😱c0pCan your students do this? 🌚69mvoRoller skating! Powered by Firework In an effort to get the word out about health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic, NBA & WNBA players, legends and coaches are filming PSAs from home that share messages of support and tips for reducing risk, staying healthy and practicing social distancing.Advertisement More than 20  players and legends have participated in PSAs, generating more than 45 million video views across the league’s Instagram Twitter, Facebook and Tik Tok platforms since the first PSA launched on March 13.Advertisement As part of the NBA Together (https://on.nba.com/2Uf8GWE) initiative, every weekday at 9:00 p.m. CAT a member of the NBA family will engage with fans globally, participating in a live interview with NBA broadcast talent or taking questions from fans on Instagram live. Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love tipped off the series on Friday night.Last Sunday, the Basketball Africa League posted this video message from BAL President, Amadou Gallo Fall: https://twitter.com/theBAL/status/1241777193929388032 (French subtitles)Advertisement “As we await the start of our inaugural BAL season, our priority and focus remain the health of our fans, our players, coaches, employees and everyone associated with our game. It is important that we all remain vigilant and take preventive steps as outlined by health officials and infectious disease specialists to limit exposure to the coronavirus, as much as possible, including avoiding large crowds and practicing social distancing, regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, avoiding touching your face, especially your nose, mouth and eyes. I am disappointed we were not able to launch our league as initially planned earlier this month, but I look forward to the launch of the BAL at a future date. We are monitoring the situation closely and we will advise as we have more details. Please continue to stay tuned to @theBAL on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook for the latest news updates. In the meantime, thank you for your continuous support. Stay safe and stay healthy.”See the links to the video PSAs below and visit https://www.nba.com/, which is now a hub for information and resources:This morning, Charlotte Hornets’ Bismack Biyombo had this message to NBA fans around the world: https://twitter.com/NBA_Africa/status/1242349324765454336 (English); https://twitter.com/NBA_Africa/status/1242349073425989632 (French)“We must do all we can right now.”Three international NBA players  – Danilo Gallinari (Oklahoma City Thunder), Rui Hachimura (Washington Wizards) and Ricky Rubio (Phoenix Suns) – came together to share a special message on behalf of the World Health Organization on how to stay healthy and safe: https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1241742603936202756                                          “Please pay attention to what the health experts are advising, from good healthy habits to social distancing…If you’re passing information to others, make sure it’s correct…Visit the World Health Organization for the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus. Let’s be there for each other and let’s work as one team.” (Transcript in French attached) Al Horford (Philadelphia 76ers): https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1241108879569752064“I want to encourage everyone to work from home if you can, make sure that we stay isolated, that we listen to our health officials and take care of yourselves.” Chris Paul (Oklahoma City Thunder): https://twitter.com/okcthunder/status/1241125564343185409“The best thing that we all could do right now is try to be as selfless as possible…This is a time where we gotta make sure that we’re all okay and make sure that we’re all listening to our health officials and our communities and make sure that we’re trying to stay home as much as possible.”Chris also offered advice to the Jr. NBA family on practicing everyday: https://twitter.com/jrnba/status/1241424337413922817“Keep practicing. Never let someone tell you you’re too small.” Layshia Clarendon (New York Liberty): https://twitter.com/WNBA/status/1240986450960830464“Really trying to take this moment to self-quarantine so we can stop the spike of the coronavirus and hopefully flatten the curve so less people get it, so we can expose less people. Please take care of you mental health at this time as well. It’s super, super important.” Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks): https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1240764164441866240“Hope everybody is staying safe out there practicing social distancing and hanging at home. Now that League Pass has all the games from this season available to watch, you might want to check out this game where I scored 51 points.” Gary Payton (NBA Legend): https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1240829100656332800“You know where I got my name (The Glove) from – defense and being in my opponent’s face. But I’m going to be real with you right now. Right now is not the time to be in anybody’s face. That’s right. We all have to do our part in participating in social distancing.”Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers): https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1240102995016273927Discussed his PSA and focus on mental wellness during this stressful time on the TODAY Show last week:“Now more than ever, we have to practice compassion. We have to be kind. We have to be mindful of our words, our actions and really practice a sense of community.” Magic Johnson (NBA Legend): https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1239613176100028418“Let’s follow all the health guidelines about washing your hands on a regular basis. It is also especially important that we learn what it means to practice social distancing.”Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors): https://twitter.com/StephenCurry30/status/1239303823367143424“As best you can, social distance yourself and we can flatten the curve and get rid of this virus as soon as possible. Stop the spread.”Luka Doncic and Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks): https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1239695718614523904“As we all work to stop the spread of coronavirus, we’re practicing social distancing. Everybody should be doing it…We will miss fans and our teammates and basketball but if we work together, we’re going to be back there soon.”Courtney Williams (Atlanta Dream) https://twitter.com/WNBA/status/1240362107704676353“I just wanted to tap in and make sure that were all following the important steps that health officials are telling us to follow.”Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks): https://twitter.com/nba/status/1239672262070067201?s=21“Continue to stay active, whether it’s doing pushups, sit-ups or my favorite – just dribbling around the house with a basketball.” Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz): https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1239235120420323329“This is all about protecting yourself and the people around you. I wish I would have took this thing more seriously and I hope everyone else will do so because we can do it together.”Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz): https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1238886687444471810“Thank you guys so much for your continued support. It means a lot to me. Things are going well. I’m just taking the proper precautions as was told to me by the health authorities.”Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics): https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1238605560792133633“During this time, we should all be looking out for one another in staying calm and staying safe. By taking steps like washing your hands on a regular, staying out of large crowds. If your coughing or sneezing, covering your mouth.”Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers): https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1238818651760988162“I just want to encourage everybody to continue to be great citizens. Please wash your hands. Use hand sanitizer. Please just protect yourselves and the people around you.”Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers): https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1239171149868732417“Just a reminder to make sure you guys wash your hands, avoid large crowds and if you might be sick, quarantine yourself. This is only a virus that we can beat together. Hopefully we’ll be seeing you guys soon and back on the floor.” Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets): https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1240089092731396096“Music is there through the good times & bad! It gets you through anything and right now it’s all I need, love learning new tunes. Anybody know these tunes? Stay home and stay safe everyone!” Pau Gasol (Two-time NBA Champion): https://twitter.com/nba/status/1240046659792449539?s=21“Coming from a medical family, I just want to make sure we all take the time to thank the doctors, nurses and first responders who work every day to help us fight this virus…Also, I would like to acknowledge everyone that is out there providing essential services to all of us during this pandemic. We will do our part to help slow down the spread.”Grant Hill (NBA Legend): https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1238599537398349835“Staying healthy takes teamwork. Remember to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. And try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Help stop the spread of germs by making these easy habits part of your daily game plan.”Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors): https://twitter.com/Raptors/status/1240295481034584064“I’m here to teach you a new play today – hand washing. You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds but let’s make it 24. Think of it as a shot clock but this is one time we don’t mind a shot clock violation… Special thanks to all the medical teams and health authorities who are doing so much to help keep us all safe.” Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors): https://twitter.com/Raptors/status/1241005920605388800?s=20              “Guess where I am? At home. And please, if you don’t work for an essential service, that’s where you should be too.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Events taking place in Donegal for Child and Family Support Week

first_imgSpecial public events are planned across Donegal this week as Tusla – Child and Family Agency hosts National Child and Family Support Week 2019.From May 13th – 19th , events of the week aim to promote and celebrate the support services that Tusla provides to parents, children, young people and communities right across Ireland. In Donegal, some of the events taking place include:Challenging Behaviour Workshop by challenging behavioural specialist, John Curran – Raphoe Family Resource Centre, Monday 13thof May, 6.30PM-9.30PMShaping Ourselves and Our Children – Lifestart Programme – Donegal Family Resource Centre, Main St., Donegal Town, Thursday 16th of May, 9.30AM-1.30PMThe programme aims to support parents/grandparents/guardians/carers of young children to create a home conducive to good child social and emotional development, inclusiveness and a respect for social and cultural diversity.Cuppa and A Chat – Coffee Morning – Parentstop, Riverfront House, Pearse Road, Letterkenny, Friday 17th of May, 10.30AM-12.30PMFurther information and a full list of local events can be found at http://www.tusla.ie.Speaking about the week, Marie Crawley, Senior PPFS manager for Donegal, Tusla, said, “We are delighted to be taking part in National Child and Family Support week once again, giving us the opportunity to showcase some of the services we offer to families in Donegal and let people know how they can engage with these supports. We encourage people to attend the events in Donegal and learn about the services and support that are available from local agencies and Tusla.”Events taking place in Donegal for Child and Family Support Week was last modified: May 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:National Child and Family Support Week 2019TUSLAlast_img read more

Emirates makes Beijing, Shanghai all-A380

first_imgEmirates is to make Beijing and Shanghai all- Airbus 380 operations when it replaces Boeing 777-300ERs currently operating its second daily services to each of the cities from July 1.The move will boost capacity on the routes as the Dubai-based carrier moves to the 519-seat, three-class superjumbos with the aim of picking up more business and leisure traffic in the booming Chinese market.Emirates has 38 flights to China and also services Guangzhou, Yinchuan and Zhengzhou.The airline was the first Middle East carrier to fly non-stop to mainland China when it launched freighter operations in 2002.This was followed by passenger services to Shanghai in 2004 and the first-ever A380 scheduled passenger service to China when it started its Beijing flights in August, 2010.China Southern now has five A380s but remains the only Chinese carrier to operate the superjumbo.Passengers like the A380 because it is generally configured by the airlines who operate it as their flagship product.Emirates is the world’s biggest operator of the plane and has 95 in its fleet with another 47 on order.It features more comfortable economy seats than the airline’s 10-across B777s as well as a shower in first class and a lounge bar on the upper deck.The airline says it has flown more than 80 million passengers on its A380 fleet since 2008.last_img read more

South Africa hosts its first women in manufacturing conference

first_imgThe importance of women in manufacturing and their experience in a male-dominated industry were among the topics discussed at the first Women in Manufacturing, Textiles and Leather Conference held in Johannesburg.The Department of Trade and Industry’s Rashmee Ragaven advised entrepreneurs looking for funding: “Tell us how government will benefit from your business.” (Image: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanThe first Women in Manufacturing, Textile and Leather Conference 2016 was held in Sunninghill, Johannesburg this week. One of the important messages for attendees over the two day event on 26 and 27 October was the importance of knowledge. Knowledge about your industry, its importance and how and where to get assistance when needed.Spinola Dube, organiser and founder of Amabhubesi Training and Conferencing, said in a press release the event is dedicated to support, promote and inspire women in this industrial sector. “For decades women have been under-represented in the sector. It’s high time that we close the gender gap within the manufacturing sector.“It’s not just about getting more women into manufacturing – it’s about strengthening manufacturing by engaging more people,” said Dube.Why women should be in the manufacturing sector?Philippa Rodseth, executive director for the Manufacturing Circle, said women leaders are important for the manufacturing sector. “Women should be in the manufacturing sector, because we are good at multi-tasking. We are resilient and have tenacity.“The manufacturing sector accounts for 12% of South Africa’s GDP and employs about 1.6-million people, 34% are women.”Rodseth advised that women should empower themselves with as much knowledge as possible. For example, if you are interested in funding, one of the things you should find out is if that funding is available.Philippa Rodseth of the Manufacturing Circle says one of their goals is to enhance the competitiveness of manufacturing within South Africa. They also promote buying 100% local goods and services. (Images: Melissa Javan)Felleng Yende, chief executive officer of the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FPM-SETA), said that the government is trying to get more women in the manufacturing sector. There are training and bursary opportunities specifically available for women.The number of women trained per year grew since 2011: a total of 1 832 women were trained in 2011/12, 1 848 women in 2012/13, 4 427 women in 2013/14, 6 328 in 2014/15, and 5 335 women in 2015/16.The women were trained in internships, learnerships, skills programmes and as artisans.Yende said they need 50% of women to become artisans. She added: “We for example need more women in paper packaging- and pattern making space.”She quoted Statistics South Africa: “Women are mostly appointed in non- executive directorship positions [in manufacturing]. Only 9.2% of women hold chairperson positions and only 2.4% are appointed in chief executive officer positions.”Yende said that there are funding opportunities available such as the Women in Leadership project for women in the fashion industry.Felleng Yende, chief executive officer of the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing SETA, urged people to ask themselves regularly ‘how can I make an impact in this occupation’. She says they need 50% women to become artisans. In the book year 2015/16, 5 335 women were trained by SETA.Know your gameRashmee Ragaven from the Department of Trade and Industry said women easily get stigmatised. For example, she said she used to be called “Miss BEE (Black Economic Empowerment).“You have to know your game or you won’t be relevant,” said Ragaven. “I told myself I would become an authority. I wanted to make sure to be ten steps ahead [of my peers] in a meeting.”She said women should put in a little more work. “Ask questions in a meeting. If you go to an event, don’t just take the business cards and forget it in your handbag. Follow up with a note.“Remember it does not only take one engagement to get what you want,” she said.Rashmee Ragaven from the Department of Trade and Industry says when applying for funding it is important to read through the guidelines thoroughly. “It’s important to know in what stage of development your business is when following guidelines of a grant.”Ragaven spoke about the importance of strategic networking. “Through engagement you learn from people within your industry on how to do things efficiently and how to stay ahead of developing trends.“You also get a lot of information out of forums about business,” she said.She added: “In these types of engagements you might meet someone who knows the person you have been trying to get hold of.”Her advice on forming strategic relationships: “Think through what it is that you want to achieve for yourself and your company.” Noma Nibe is part of the Black Business Council. She says when she graduated she approached a white-owned company and told the management why she would add value to them. She later implemented transformation within the company.Noma Nibe, business executive director of Steloy Casting, shared Ragaven’s sentiments. She was promoted from a human resources manager to a human resources director within six months. “When I was offered the promotion I said I wanted shares of the company,” she said.After buying shares, she said she wanted to be more operationally involved. Her advice to women: “Learn and know the industry. Know how money comes into the company. That’s how they the men respect you.“They see there is knowledge coming from a woman.”She added: “You are not there to be a face – you’re there to add value.”Nibe also said that women in the industry should be active leaders and role models. “When you have integrity and values, no one can shake you – because business will shake you up.”She also said that women should support each other. “We as leaders need to start engaging women in decision-making. Don’t have the mentally of ‘I am above you as a manager and you are below me.’”Nibe advised employers to continuously train their staff. “You need to train them so that they will be better people in your company and the economy. Train for your needs and the industry at large.”Other topics at the event included Manufacturing model for women in Africa and Leadership and skills development in the foundry industry.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Cold weather dairy calf care

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator Wayne County, Ohio State University ExtensionCold winter weather presents some additional challenges to keeping dairy calves healthy, comfortable and growing. The biggest challenge is the increased nutritional requirement for body maintenance, especially for dairy calves in unheated facilities. Nutritional maintenance is what is required to keep all body systems functioning normally while maintaining a healthy body temperature and neither gaining nor losing weight. Cold weather nutrition requires understanding the concept of lower critical temperature. Lower critical temperature is the lower boundary below which the animal needs additional nutrients, primarily energy, to meet maintenance requirements. If the nutrient level is not increased, then the animal must burn fat reserves to meet the need. The lower critical temperature for calves from birth to 7 days of age is 55 degrees F. Between 7 and 30 days of age, the lower critical temperature is in the 48- to 50-degree F range. For older calves, the lower critical temperature increases to 32 degrees F.Cold weather nutrition for young calves is critical for a couple of reasons. One is the fact that calves are born with only two to four percent of their body weight as fat. This means that if diets are not meeting maintenance needs, the calf can quickly burn up fat reserves. Calves stop growing and worse, the immune system of the calf becomes compromised leading to sickness. Livestock depend upon an insulating hair coat to provide protection from the cold and to moderate that lower critical temperature. That is one reason that the lower critical temperature for older calves is higher as compared to younger calves, but it takes time and energy to grow and develop that hair coat. Breed of calf will also influence cold weather nutritional requirements because small breed calves, for example, Jerseys, have approximately 20% larger surface area per unit of body weight than a large breed calf, such as a Holstein.A rule of thumb for feeding calves housed in unheated conditions in cold weather is that for every 10 degrees F below 32 degrees F, the calf needs 10% more milk to meet its nutritional needs. At 0 degrees F, this requires 32% more milk. The best strategy to meet this need is to add an additional feeding. For example, if normally the calf is fed 3 quarts twice a day, add an additional 2-quart feeding. If milk replacer is used, it should contain at least 20% protein or in the 26% to 28% range for accelerated growth programs. The fat content should be at least 15%, and higher fat content milk replacers of up to 20% fat are preferred as temperatures decline. The solids content of liquid milk replacer can be increased in cold weather from a typical 12.5% to 16%, but be careful in going above this content as diarrhea can result, and recognize that the calf may not be receiving enough water. Always offer calves clean, fresh water in addition to milk or milk replacer. Another key to feeding calves in cold weather is to provide all liquids at 105 degrees F target temperature for consumption. With regard to free-choice water, this means offering water several times per day in cold weather. Beginning a few days after birth, offer calves free access to a calf starter grain mix with a minimum protein content of 18%.There are a couple of other management practices that help to increase calf comfort and aid in keeping calves growing and healthy in cold weather and these involve bedding, providing extra layers of cold protection and ventilation. Straw is the best bedding choice for calves. To provide the most effective thermal insulation, it has to be deep and dry. Calves can nestle down into the straw during cold weather. The goal is to provide enough bedding so that when the calf is nestled down, you don’t see its legs.  Dryness is important to keeping the calf warm. Test the dryness of the bedding by kneeling down into it. If your knees get wet, more bedding is needed. Calf jackets offer a good option to add another layer of insulation and cold protection for calves, especially calves under a month of age. Calf jackets should have a water repellent outer shell, an insulation that wicks moisture away from the calf, fit the calf well, be easy to wash and dry, and constructed to withstand outdoor environments. Do not forget about ventilation during winter months in closed structures. The goal is to provide adequate air turnover to prevent ammonia accumulation while avoiding any direct drafts on the calf. A general recommendation for winter weather is four air exchanges per hour.Cold weather calf care requires more time and labor, but it is necessary to keep calves comfortable, healthy, and growing.last_img read more

Thirdy hopes to crack Gilas roster

first_imgLATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Alapag seeks quick turnaround as SMB-Alab eyes sweep of Wolf Warriors Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Nationals departed Saturday morning for Doha, where naturalized big man Blatche rejoins them and rounds out the cast of 14.Ravena has represented the Philippines in the FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championships in Bangkok in 2013 and in the Jones Cup in Taiwan last year.But making the final Gilas roster in the matches against Qatar or Kazakhstan could be Ravena’s biggest national team milestone.Guiao previously noted that the Ateneo star has a “realistic chance” of making the final cut for the sixth window.“Right now, my focus is solely to be prepared to be able to become the best version of myself,” Ravena said.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAs if being in the pool wasn’t already an achievement in itself, Thirdy Ravena will be flying to Qatar with the National team that is hoping to crack a berth in this year’s World Cup in China.“You can’t help but be overwhelmed sometimes,” he told reporters Friday morning during the Nationals’ only scrimmage before plunging into two crucial games in the Asian qualifiers this week.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img Can’t blame him if he entertains thoughts of making the squad.“Hopefully,” said the 22-year-old Ravena. “Right now, I’m just thinking of being prepared for anything.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRavena, the only nonprofessional cager in the pool, joins a cast of PBA champions, tested veteran internationalists and former NBA player Andray Blatche in the Philippines’ bid to go perfect on this road trip.“Supposedly, there’s no longer pressure since I was already able to represent the country a few times, and I’ve already dealt with pressure in the UAAP—which I think is kind of the same,” he said. “But it’s hard not to be consumed by it.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more