Residents of Festival City seek urgent relief from continued flooding of streets

first_imgDear Editor,For the last 15 years I have resided in ER Burrowes Street, Festival City, Georgetown. Over the years, residence in this area commonly experienced flooded streets after even a very short period of rainfall.However, the situation has now worsened to the extent that both ER Burrowes and Hummingbird Street, Festival City, remain under water-longed situations after the rains have stopped. This is more severe in the eastern sections of these streets, particularly since some segments of these streets have subsided over the years.As I write, the water level in the eastern section of ER Burrowes and Hummingbird Street is notably high. In addition to being very unsightly, the stagnant water is mossy and foul smelling. Residents traversing the area on bicycles and motor cycles many times experience serious skidding to the extent that some end up falling in the stagnant water.Included in this group is also the postal service mail delivery staff. Given the persistent flooded streets, taxi services are known to increase their charges once the name Festival City is mentioned. Certainly, this situation is far from wholesome for the community. It has serious potential environmental health and safety implications. Additionally, it can also be quite depressing.While we heard of many promises and public statements made to comprehensively address the issue of flooding in the Festival City community, to date, the problem remains and is actually getting worse.In this regard, I wish to refer to the letter writer who wrote in the January 23, 2017 issue of the Kaieteur News (letter to the Editor) pointing out to the degeneration of Festival City. Sadly, while our President talks about building wholesome communities, the degeneration of Festival City has continued. We, the residents, feel a sense of neglect by those who are in authority and in a position to address our concerns.On May 29, 2017, for example, residents of the community dispatched a letter outlining their concerns to the Ministry of the Presidency, the Public Infrastructure Ministry, the Communities Ministry and the Georgetown City Council.There was no response to this letter. The community has an elected representative for the area on the Georgetown City Council but given our feeling of persistent neglect, we are left to wonder what role this individual plays in community affairs.We noted the notable improvement in drainage in central Georgetown and the consequential reduction in the impact of floods in the City.However, in the case of Festival City, we still pray for relief from our flooding nightmare. This letter represents yet another plea to those in authority to address our concerns in a manner whereby we can experience notable relief from the situation of bad drainage and flooded streets we face as a community.Yours truly,Rawle EdinboroResident of FestivalCitylast_img read more

Heats, Georgia Blazers in B’ball Action Today

first_imgSecond division outfit Georgia Blazers and the Heats are expected to open the floor of the “Best-out-of-five grand final” in the ongoing Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) League.Both sides will rub shoulders beginning at 3:30p.m in their first meet at the open-air Sports Commission if there is a promising weather.In the second game, all-time female champions, K-Delta will host Timber Wolves at 5:00p.m and Mighty Barrolle faces LPRC Oilers in the first division category.The fixture is repeated up to Sunday and any victory a team wins moves the team to the crown in their respective category.In the meantime, the fixture continues on Wednesday and Friday, the 2nd and 4th of July.Blazers and Heats qualified when they won their last games against Uhuru Prince and Bushrod Bulls 80-77 and 55-54 points respectively as well LPRC when she dumped Pythons again, 68-66 points.But Barrolle crossed overs owing to a awarding of points for an assault on referee Tus Dickson from Timber Wolves player Nicholas Koffa.According to the LBA, Timber Wolves lost the points to Barrolle for supporting Koffa’s assault, incapacitating the referee and putting the entire gym in hostage.The LBA Secretary General D. Allen Goodridge said player Nicholas Koffa has been banned for two years from every basketball activity under the supervision of the LBA and fine L$10,000.Goodridge warned officials and players of Timber Wolves to adhere to the LBA’s decision to not worsen the situation.Meanwhile, reports gathered said the management and players of Timber Wolves have threatened to disrupt the first division battle between Oilers and Mighty Barrolle for the alleged incorrect awarding of points to Barrolle.The spokesperson of the ‘angry officials and players’ of Timber Wolves Josiah Dickson said the rules and regulations called for the fine and ban of the players as well as only fine for the players but not to award points to opposing team.Dickson argued that the remaining minutes (about eight minutes) which left in the game should have been played after the scuffle between player Nicholas Koffa and referee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Neighbour slapped with manslaughter charge

first_imgBody in drainThe Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WBD) resident, who allegedly killed his neighbour, tied the man’s head with a black plastic bag, and then dumped the body in a nearby drain was slapped with the charge for manslaughter.Sundar Singh appeared before Magistrate Zamilla Ally-Seepaul at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court, West Coast Demerara (WCD).Prosecutor Thowan Carol told the court that on October 18, Singh’s 57-year-old neighbour, Abdool Ghannie, called “Dennis” or “Fulla”, of Patentia, WBD, was at his residence when the two men had a “misunderstanding”.As a result of the argument, the suspect claimed that he dealt several cuffs to Ghannie’s face, which resulted in the now dead man receiving injuries.Reports are that the dead man fell to the ground but Singh did not realise he was dead until the following afternoon. Singh then allegedly took Ghannie’s body to a nearby drain and dumped it. The dead man was discovered by passersby on October 20. Singh, after intense grilling by the police, reportedly confessed to killing Ghannie.Magistrate Ally-Seepaul released Singh on $600,000 bail and the case will continue on December 5, 2019.Prior to the court hearing, when contacted by this newspaper, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Police Commander, Senior Superintendent Linden Lord had explained that after being punched by the neighbour, the man became motionless. The neighbour, he added, thought that the man was asleep.On Sunday morning, the neighbour noticed the man was in the same position and thought he was still sleeping. As such, the neighbour went to work.However, upon his return home, Ghannie was still in the same motionless position. This was when the neighbour realised something was amiss.He lifted the man’s head up and saw blood. It was then that the neighbour put the man’s head in a plastic bag to prevent the blood from dripping as he dumped the body in a nearby drain.A post-mortem examination conducted on the body gave the cause of death as brain haemorrhage, blunt trauma to the head compounded by aspiration of blood.last_img read more

City decides on mitigation measures for boundary extensions

first_img92 owners of 182 properties are affected by the city’s current proposed boundary extension to the west and southwest of Fort St. John. The representatives of 121 of those properties have indicated they are opposed to the proposal, while four are in support and three would support it conditionally. One property with multiple owners was split between conditional support and opposition, and 23 properties did not respond to a survey. The 30 properties owned by B.C. Hydro are considered neutral.$150,000 is allotted in the proposed 2014 operating budget for boundary extension, which is not just for its current proposed application, but as the City continues to receive applications for inclusion, it could consider others in the near future. They include phasing in property taxes over five years, and a reduction in charges at the Rural Water Station and Sewer Transfer Station. The difference between the cost for city residents and the rural rate will be reimbursed to property owners on a semi-annual basis. In 2014, that would be the difference between $3 per cubic metre for rural residents and $1.28 in the city. The reduction will cease once the property is connected to the City’s water and sewer system. The ability to connect would be dependent on a Local Area Service Program, if residents request the service, and more than 50 per cent of landowners approve the cost. – Advertisement -The phased in property tax rate would apply, unless the land is rezoned or subdivided, has its use changed, or gets connected to municipal water and sewer services at the landowner’s request.  A previous suggestion for it to no longer apply if the property title owner changes was removed.The existing land use for the properties will be grandfathered in until they are rezoned. Advertisementlast_img read more

FIFA probes Russia over racist chants

first_img0Shares0000Midfielder Paul Pogba, second left, and Ousmane Dembele, third left, appear for France in a recent international friendly against England © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Apr 17 – FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against World Cup hosts Russia over monkey chants heard during a friendly international against France, a spokesman told AFP on Tuesday.Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele were allegedly targeted by racist chanting during the match in Saint Petersburg last month. “We have no further comment at this stage,” the FIFA spokesman told AFP.The Russian Football Union (RFU) said it was ready to cooperate with FIFA’s probe.“We launched our own internal investigation the day after the match,” RFU anti-discrimination officer Alexander Baranov said.“All international matches are played under the jurisdiction of FIFA. We opened it to understand what happened for ourselves. We have sent inquiries to the interior department.”Baranov added that the RFU was “in dialogue with FIFA. We are ready to send them our findings — there is no problem there”.Russian football chiefs are under pressure with just two months to go before the start of the World Cup on June 14 as the domestic game has been once again tarnished by incidents of racism and hooliganism.“These people should not be allowed into stadiums. They should not be giving the world reason to think there is racism in our country,” added Alexei Smertin, head of the RFU’s anti-discrimination department.During last month’s friendly, an AFP photographer heard imitation monkey noises aimed at Dembele, while internet users reported similar abuse from sections of the 50,000 crowd targeting Pogba.– Scepticism –The RFU’s initial response was sceptical — claiming they had heard nothing — but the country’s governing body then did launch its own investigation.FIFA followed suit after French Sports Minister Laura Flessel, a two-time Olympic fencing champion, called for “European and international” action.The Russian parliament’s deputy speaker, Igor Lebedev, blasted inaction in the country over racism and called on “fans to stop this”.“This is not just a problem with our fans’ perception of African American and black players,” he had said.“The problem is elsewhere: none of this bad behaviour will stop until we start punishing it.”Lebedev insisted that such incidents taking place during the World Cup would “embarrass the country”.But Deputy Prime Mister Vitaly Mutko played down the incident, saying that monkey chants heard at the game “do not mean that this was some sort of organised act of racism”.“There might be elements of it,” said Mutko, who has temporarily stepped down from his role as RFU president.“Around 50,000 people turn up for games and there could be some provocations,” Mutko added.Black players have complained in the past of being subjected to racial abuse in Russian football. Brazilian great Roberto Carlos, who played for Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala for one season, walked off the pitch in 2011 after a banana was thrown his way during a match.Another Brazilian, Hulk, who played for Zenit St Petersburg for four years, complained in 2015 that “nobody is paying attention to this problem”.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Fabregas in dig at Arsenal as Chelsea star says: I’ve waited whole career to win title!

first_img1 Cesc Fabregas is determined for Chelsea to claim the Premier League crown as soon as possible having waited his whole career to taste title success in England.The Spaniard spent eight years at Arsenal before quitting for Barcelona in 2011 but had only the FA Cup to show from his lengthy spell in north London.Having opted to move to the Gunners’ rivals Chelsea last summer, Fabregas is finally set to claim the major trophy that has eluded him for so long, with the Blues needing just six points from their final six games to take the title.They can move ever closer to the prize by beating Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday, and Fabregas said ahead of the visit to his old stomping ground: “We just want to win it (the Premier League). The sooner, the better.“We want to give satisfaction to the supporters. It’s been five years for them without winning the Premier League title; for me it’s been 27 years so I’d love to win it as soon as possible.”The Blues are 10 points clear of Arsenal ahead of their trip across London.To have any chance of a Premier League win, the Gunners must beat Chelsea, who, with a win at the Emirates Stadium, would require just three more to be champions.That could happen as soon as the following Wednesday (April 29) at Leicester.Fabregas said: “It’s massive. We are level on games now, we are 10 points in front and we don’t want to give them hope to put pressure on us.“We have to put in a good performance because we know the Emirates is always a difficult place to go.”Last Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United saw Fabregas pushed further forwards to accommodate Kurt Zouma, who did a man-marking job on Marouane Fellaini, nullifying the threat of the Belgian.“If I played there normally I would struggle a bit more to deal with long balls and the physical aspect of the game,” Fabregas added.“We had to put someone on Fellaini, especially for the long balls, so yes our style changed. I thought Zouma did extremely well.“I think his future is as a centre-back but he can do the job very well in central midfield when it’s needed. He’s a top, top boy. He wants to learn, he wants to play.“That’s why Mourinho is who he is and has won what he has won. The plan worked very well.” Cesc Fabregas celebrates Chelsea’s victory over Manchester United with teammates last_img read more


first_imgWHEN SPORT IS RED CARDED FROM THE GAMEWell, that’s torn it. There were the rest of us believing that Sunday’s clash – a term that applies particularly to these two combatants – wasn’t a bad game at all despite the hefty challenges and attempted agitation when along comes Sean Cavanagh to forcibly declare that it just wasn’t a good advertisement for the G.A.A. Both he and Donegal’s colossus, Neil Gallagher, were red carded within minutes of one another – the latter leaving the field sporting an open plan jersey – and there were plenty of other instances of marks being overstepped and liberties taken. And once again the issue of ‘sledging’ where particularly vicious verbals are exchanged, many of a personal nature, has come to the fore. “Nasty and malicious,” Kavanagh described some of those exchanges.Those of us in the stands or watching on from T.V. land may not quite have gleaned the gist of them but it appears absolutely nothing is sacred and players’ families – parents, wives, girlfriends and, who knows, maybe even children – are unsuspecting players in the dirty war being waged on the field of play.A few years ago, Dublin footballer, Alan Brogan, insisted the practice of sledging wasn’t as widespread as people were making out and claimed it was, in any case, the way of the modern game.“I think it should be a case of what happens on the field, stays on the field,” he declared. “It’s all part and parcel of sport.” But that all depends on the personality of the player and his mental strength.For if he has been subjected to some gruesome tirades throughout a game and goes off with his mind tortured with images of his wife or family ablaze in a house fire or stricken with a terminal illness – like I say we don’t quite know the nature of these sledge hammer verbals but they may come close to these – it’s hardly the ideal frame of mind with which to approach his immediate future. “I’ve had it before, it can be very, very personal and I know there was certain players, you will probably know that play for us that have been through tough times, and they were getting a fair bit of personal abuse,” Cavanagh maintained this week.All part and parcel of sport? Surely not. Surely it’s how you play the game and how you attack and defend that should be the deal in any sporting arena.Banter, yes, and the odd mischievous exchange, no problem, but the cruel and savage taunts that don’t belong in MacCumhaill Park or any other venue cannot be labeled in the same sentence as sport. Brogan’s comments came in the wake of a league encounter between Armagh and Laois three years ago – Cavanagh’s are, of course, of a much fresher vintage and seemingly confirm that sledging hasn’t gone away you know and is not, we can be guaranteed, simply confined to the fixture involving Donegal and Tyrone.But short of hooking up every single inter-county player with a microphone – aka rugby referees – what’s the solution?That’s one for the G.A.A. to come up with but they don’t appear to be in any rush to do anything about it and apparently prefer to tot up the proceeds from their Championship matches rather than the cost of on-field venom to the game.Oh, yes, we did have a game last Sunday and, let’s give credit where it’s due, it was entertaining from start to finish with Tyrone in the hunt right to that finish with two goal opportunities that almost brought the sides level. Compare it to that tepid Donegal/Monaghan league encounter at O’Donnell Park some months ago when we would probably have welcomed a half-time bust-up on route to the dressing-rooms.This was a Championship match worthy of the name and from a home perspective, the performances of the likes of Frank McGlynn, Karl Lacey and Martin McElhinney – not to mention the ace free-kicking of Michael Murphy in the latter stages – gives cause for optimism as Armagh wait in the short grass.But I still believe there’s something missing that may prevent Rory Gallagher’s team from advancing further than the All-Ireland quarter or semi-final stages this year.LATE RETURNSIt’s a long, long way to Tipperary and much longer to the Cathedral town of Cobh but it must have, at least, appeared a good deal shorter for those on board the returning Finn Harps team bus late into the early hours of Sunday morning.A goal behind with under ten minutes to go, the First Division’s only unbeaten record looked like it was heading west until that well deserved equalizer from Josh Mailey and Raymond Foy’s 88th minute strike that helped stretch Harps lead at the top to six points. It followed the previous week’s late winner against Waterford United in Ballybofey. When Oliver’s Army shipped a half dozen goals in a pre-season friendly against Sligo Rovers, which of us, in all honesty, could have foreseen Harps about to enter their twelfth game of the season with the loss slot on the table against their name showing a bit fat zero?True, the goals against column has been getting busier in recent weeks but on the other hand, they’re back to scoring again with the midfielders – another classic from Mickey Funston at St. Colman’s Park following his goal of the season effort the previous week – beginning to add their weight in this department.That six point gap was opened courtesy of Wexford Youth’s 4-1 hammering at U.C.D. and therein lies a cautionary tale.The students will arrive in Ballybofey on Friday night in the finest of fettle and confident that they can be the team to put a stop to Harps’ unbeaten gallop.Ollie Horgan had, he pointed out this week, tipped the Belfielders from early on in the season as the team to watch and, for sure, they will have to be watched.Most U.C.D. teams bear the mark of a decent footballing side and this one is no exception.If Harps avoid defeat, it would have to be ranked as a good result but in front of a home crowd – surely the attendance figure of 774 for the last home fixture was a bit off the mark? – they can at least match the visitors on the score front.TRACKING JACK THE ENGLISH WAYOkay, should our own fair county come up against Dublin later on in this Championship season and the Dub’s left half back, Jack McCaffrey, goes on a surging run that splits the Donegal defensive cover wide open resulting in a score or two, we can (a) question the Donegal tactical know-how and/or (b) blame Mark English.Mark EnglishYes, none other than the European Indoors silver medallist from last March and former Letterkenny A.C. member.Apparently, he recently provided McCaffrey with a pair of track spikes to help him “maximise his sprinting technique” and the result could be coming to a G.A.A. venue near you.“I’ve actually told Jack a few times that he would have made a great 800m runner. But he doesn’t seem to believe me,” English told ‘Irish Times’ athletics correspondent, Ian O’Riordan, at the weekend.A medical student at U.C.D., the Letterkenny man shares a class with McCaffrey and both men a passion for each other’s sport.Interesting feature on our international runner during which he calls on the G.A.A. to introduce drug testing, including blood analysis, into the sport.Drug testing for any athlete from whatever sport is a must, English insists, and he’s right. If they consider themselves as elite footballers then they must endure the examinations that go with that. Or as Mark puts it so well, “prepare to fail the stupidity test.”His love of Gaelic games stemmed from playing football from an early age and, as O’Riordan pointed out, he could, in an alternative world, have been preparing for last weekend’s Ulster Championship clash at MacCumhaill Park.“Like most youngsters growing up in Letterkenny, Gaelic football was where sporting dreams began and as well as playing with his school, St. Eunan’s, English also spent a few seasons with Letterkenny Gaels (to the mild dismay of his father Joe who had helped coach rival club, St. Eunan’s to a Donegal county title),” the I.T. man revealed.Sporting dreams? Some of us would have happy just to get picked on a team. Any team.REFEREE FAILS TO GET THE POINTDidn’t make it to Portlaoise for last Saturday’s national under-14 girls blitz and, according to reports, one of the referees shouldn’t have made it either.For had she (yes, women of the world, you can get it wrong too) opted to award, correctly, a point to the Wexford team and not, incorrectly, to their Kildare opponents as she did (and this despite the fact that both teams were attempting to tell her otherwise) the Donegal girls would have made it through to the Final. Even a twenty minute sit down on the field of play by Wexford failed to persuade her to change her mind (and sure isn’t that supposed to be a woman’s prerogative?).And somehow Kildare got through to the Final despite having finished the blitz with a defeat and one less victory than their unbeaten Donegal rivals.Put that in your puzzle pipe and smoke it. Ah, if only I’d been there to hear Liam Skelly’s views on the matter!FROM THE ISLE OF DOAGH TO WEMBLEYSo who popped up on the interview slot with cross-channel Irish players on Monday night’s edition of ‘Soccer Republic’ on R.T.E.? None other than the man a few of us in the Behind the Home Dug Out at Finn Park crew hailed as the new Ronaldo when he first burst onto the League of Ireland scene (though that may have been more to do with his hair style initially). Now plying his trade in an on-loan capacity with English League Two outfit – and hoping to be League One – Southend United, Stephen McLaughlin will be stepping out at Wembley this Saturday for his club’s play-off Final with Wycombe Wanderers.McLaughlin netted in the semi-final win and, speaking to R.T.E.’s Tony O’Donoghue, from what looked like his pad over in Southend, he maintained he felt he had a point to prove after being disappointed not to have started against Stevenage in that second leg.The Isle of Doagh native was introduced by the R.T.E. correspondent as a former Finn Harps and Derry City player though the interview itself only referred to his time at the Brandywell “fondly” remembered by the midfielder where he helped the Candystripes win two trophies.And all that encouragement the Behind the Home Dug-Out crew gave him when he was flying down the wing at Finn Park or even plopped on the bench.Still, there WAS mention of his former City team-mate, Mark Farren, currently undergoing further treatment for cancer and the subject of a fund-raising drive to enable him to receive that treatment at a specialist clinic in Germany. “Top bloke,” McLaughlin described him, urging people to keep donating to the fund.Incidentally, there’s a special fund-raiser at the Brandywell this Saturday when a League of Ireland legends select take on a Derry City Legends team. Get along and support it.Meanwhile, Southend’s Inishowen connection is unsure where next season will land him seeing as he is still contracted to Nottingham Forest.Still,there might even be a place for him on the bench at Finn Park.RIPPING PERFORMANCEIn his Marksman column sitting alongside his Ulster Championship match report in Monday’s ‘Donegal People’s Press/Donegal Democrat’. sports editor, Peter Campbell (hi Peter!) sums up Neil Gallagher’s performance thus:“A massive display from the big Glenswilly man despite the second yellow card. Involved in numerous turnovers.”And one tornover….NEIL GALLAGHER IS A COLOSSUS AND FINN HARPS TO MAKE HISTORY – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: May 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:columnnewsPaddy WalshSportlast_img read more

North West Words host awards ceremony for Young Writer of the Year Competition

first_imgNorth West Words has hosted a special awards ceremony for the winners of their 2018 Creative Writing Competition.The overall competition winner was Tara McDermott!The awards ceremony took place at Florence Food Co. in Letterkenny, with judge Deirdre Hines and Cllr. Gerry McMonagle presenting the prizes. Sponsored by Eason, North West Words received fantastic submissions from talented young people from across the North West.There are three categories; Primary Schools, Secondary Schools Junior Cycle, and Secondary Schools Senior Cycle.Young writers were invited to pen a short story of up to 1,000 words, or a poem of up to 40 lines. Both the poetry and prose could be based on any theme, giving these young writers a blank canvas for their imaginations to flourish.The finalists and the titles of their work is as follows: Finalists: Primary School SectionDiary of an Orca – Lucian BrownOctavia’s Wish –Tara Mc DermottMy family – Rebecca GallagherThe Defeat of the Sewing Machine- Maria FoyThe House of the Goose’s Nest- Cornelia BrownQuiz Night – Sean Mc GettrickFinalists: Junior Secondary SchoolA creature named Fear- Michaela GalvinThe Crash –Ruth Mc LoughlinMurder in a Small Town – Mirren DunlopMaterial Girl – Danielle Masterson BurrowsYellow – Zuzanna RotuskaWind as Fox –Thomas CannonFinalists: Secondary School SeniorDownfall – Thomas BirdWaves – Darragh HarkinLost Feathers – Brooke EverettDarkness and Light –Jessica DuffyThree Months – Kayleigh WarrenStress- Cian DowneyNorth West Words host awards ceremony for Young Writer of the Year Competition was last modified: March 31st, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:competitionNORTH WEST WORDSyoung writer of the yearlast_img read more

NBA Finals roundtable: If no Durant, might Raptors just have enough to do this?

first_imgWe asked our Warriors Fast Break bloggers to chop things up before we finally get an NBA Finals tipoff in Toronto. Here’s what they had to say…Who is your X-factor for the Warriors?Robert: I was really glad to hear that Andre Iguodala is ready for Game 1.  While it is imperative that Draymond, Klay, and Steph are available, Iguodala is probably just as important.  I was a little surprised that the Warriors were able to sweep the Blazers with Durant, Boogie, and Iguodala sitting out Game …last_img

Minimize forage ash content

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Forage ash content comes from both internal and external sources. Internal sources include minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and potassium found in the leaves and stems of forage plants. External sources include things like soil, bedding, and sand that are deposited on the surface of the forage. An average internal ash content for alfalfa is around 8% and for grass forages around 6%. Values above that represent external sources and are negatively associated with forage quality and animal performance because ash takes the place of nutrients on approximately a 1 to 1 basis. A good goal to shoot for is an ash content of 3% coming from external sources, so an ash content of around 11% for alfalfa and 9% for grass forages.Forage harvest practices increase the external component of forage ash content. There are some management practices that growers can use to minimize the increase in ash percentage. The following list comes from a document written by Dan Undersander, Extension Forage Specialist at the University of Wisconsin:Raise the cutter bar of a disc mower: The lower the cut, the more likely it is to bring soil into the forage. Consider an alfalfa cutting height of 3 inches and 4 inches for alfalfa-grass mixes.Use flat knives on the disc mower. Angled knives create some suction and while they help to pick up lodged forage, they pick up more soil as well.Keep windrow off the ground. Placing a wide swath on to a higher stubble will decrease the amount of soil that can accumulate on the bottom of a windrow.Keep rake tines from touching the ground. Raising a cloud of dust when raking likely is adding 1 to 2% ash content to the hay.Use a windrow merger. Because hay is not rolled across the ground, there can be 1 to 2% less ash in the forage.last_img read more