Happy growers

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaWhen it comes to producing a better chicken for less money, Jan Ray is open to all the help she can get. As part of a University of Georgia study, she’s seeing paybacks through equipment that’s new to poultry houses.Attic inlets, a ventilation system used for years by hog producers, are saving Ray money on her fuel costs and making her chickens happier.”It’s the most fabulous equipment that I’ve ever put in a chicken house,” said Ray, owner of Ray Farm in Crawfordville, Ga.Attic inlets attached to a chicken house’s ceiling pull hot air down from the attic space. This leads to improved air and litter quality while saving money on heating, said Michael Czarick, a UGA Cooperative Extension engineer.Attic inlets are used year-round but are needed most in the winter. During milder months, “if we have baby chicks and it’s 80 degrees outside, we still may need to add a little heat to maintain 90 degrees,” he said.In the summer, after chickens are a week or two old, the attic inlets are generally closed to keep the houses cooler. At this point, growers use either conventional sidewall inlets or tunnel ventilation.Attic inlets are designed to complement sidewall inlets, said Brian Fairchild, a UGA Extension poultry scientist. “The benefit is having more ventilation to provide better air quality without increasing fuel use,” he said.Sidewall inlets pull fresh air directly from the outside. During the winter, that air often needs to be heated. Attic inlets let farmers pull warm air from the attic without having to heat it.Heating costs often determine whether a poultry producer makes money or not, Czarick said. When gas is $1.50 a gallon, growers don’t have as much to worry about.But when prices climb, profit margins fall. And in Georgia, that profit matters. Broilers alone had a leaving-the-farm value of nearly $4 billion in 2005.Attic inlets are “a way to manage a house to make it work better,” Czarick said. Ray said her chicken house with attic inlets definitely works better. The humidity, ammonia and carbon dioxide levels are lower. The chicken litter is drier “all the way through.” And she’s saving 35 percent on her heating bill.”The entire thing has been fabulous,” she said. “I’m building three more houses and putting attic inlets in all the houses. And I’m retrofitting the other two houses I’ve got.”In Ray’s new houses, which are 50 by 500 feet, the inlets cost close to $1,200 for materials, shipping and installation. Retrofitting costs a little more — about $1,800, Czarick said.”They’re actually affordable,” Ray said. “You’re heating from your attic, and everybody understands that. With just the fuel savings, it will pay for the system in about two grow-outs.”A grow-out is how long it takes for chickens to be big enough for processing. For Ray’s 105,000 chickens, that’s between 50 and 55 days.But that’s not the only benefit she sees. High ammonia levels negatively affect chickens. With the lower ammonia levels, Ray’s chickens eat and grow more.”Since we’ve had these, we’ve produced three batches of chickens over an average of seven pounds in 52 days,” Ray said. “Looking at everybody else on the pay sheets, the average is six and a half pounds.”Attic inlets are better for the birds, Czarick said, and the environment.”It’s solar energy,” he said. “We’re getting energy for free, reducing fossil fuel use and not dumping greenhouse gases. Fuel prices are getting too high and margins too narrow to not take advantage of this.”last_img read more

Changes made to Documentary Stamp Tax return procedures

first_imgChanges made to Documentary Stamp Tax return procedures Changes made to Documentary Stamp Tax return procedures The Florida Department of Revenue has redesigned the Documentary Stamp Tax Return For Nonregistered Taxpayers’ Unrecorded Documents (Form DR-228) to enable faster, more accurate processing of returns and payments.Florida law allows persons who average less than five taxable documentary stamp tax transactions per month to remit tax by the 20th of the month following the taxable transaction. Thus, taxpayers who qualify for this tax filing option are not required to register with DOR nor are they required to file a monthly return. Instead, taxpayers with few monthly tax filing obligations file a Form DR-228.The department has asked Florida business and professional associations for assistance in helping to inform nonregistered taxpayers about this improved form.DR-228 forms may be ordered online at www.myflorida.com/dor/forms/order. Taxpayers simply enter their name, address, and telephone number; then select form number DR-228 and choose the number of returns needed.Taxpayers are encouraged to use these original forms. Any DR-228 tax returns with a revision date prior to October 2002 should be discarded.Also available is a Florida’s documentary stamp tax brochure, which reflects law changes that were made during the 2002 legislative session. This information is posted on the department’s Internet site at www.myflorida.com/dor/taxes/doc_stamp.html. Multiple copies can be ordered online; request form number GT-800014.Taxpayers can also order forms and brochures by fax at (850) 922-2208, by phone at (850) 488-8422, or by mail at: DOR Distribution Center, 168A Blountstown Hwy, Tallahassee 32304.center_img January 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

U.N. Rights boss: Syria Ceasefire failed as civilians killed daily

first_imgSyrian walks on the rubble of a building following an airstrike in Idlib on Jan. 15,2020. AFP “It is deeply distressing that civilians are still being killed on a dailybasis in missile strikes from both the air and ground,” Bachelet said in astatement on the ceasefire, which was due to be implemented nearly a week ago. Around 350,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, have fled a renewedRussian-backed offensive in the opposition-held Idlib province since early December,and have sought shelter in border areas near Turkey, the United Nations said onThursday.(Reuters)center_img GENEVA – United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called onFriday for an immediate ceasing of hostilities in Idlib, saying that the latestSyrian ceasefire had “yet again failed to protect civilians”.last_img read more

Cricket News Surgical Strike 2.0: How is the Josh, says Virat Kohli ahead of final T20 against Australia

first_imgNew Delhi: Ahead of the final T20 match against Australia, the Indian captain, Virat Kohli came up with a thrilling post on Facebook where he shared a picture of the Indian team practicing with the caption, “How’s the Josh?”. The Indian Air Force carried out pre-dawn airstrikes on Tuesday and destroyed major launch pads of terrorists in Pakistan’s Balakot. More than 10 bombs were dropped by the multi-role fighter jet Mirage 2000 at around 3:30 am. The attack was confirmed by the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. India said the attacks targeted the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) which claimed responsibility for the suicide terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14, killing over 40 personnel.  Earlier, the Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar took to the twitter and said, “Our niceness should never be comprehended as our weakness. I salute the IAF, Jai HindVirendra Sehwag emulated his idol and responded in his style and said, “The boys have played really well. #SudharJaaoWarnaSudhaarDenge #airstrike”India’s left-handed batsman Suresh Raina salutes Indian Air Force for their great effort and said, “My salute to #IAF for showing great courage in the face of adversity. A fitting reply to cowardice! #JaiHindAjinkya Rahane also took to Twitter and said, “Bravo to the #IndianAirForce! They have sent a much-needed message against terror. We are proud of you. Jai Hind!” Yuzvendra Chahal said, “Indian Air Force Bohot Hard Bohot Hard #IndiaStrikesBack #JaiHind” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Woman opens fire on police during chase

first_imgA 43-year-old Florida woman was arrested Sunday after she reportedly opened fire on police officers during a vehicle chase.The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says they attempted to perform a traffic stop on the suspect Rachel Baggs, after they realized that the woman was driving a stolen vehicle.Instead of pulling over for police, Baggs attempted to flee the scene. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office pursued Baggs into Marion County territory where they then alerted officials about the situation.Marion County officials then took over the chase, however,  Baggs became more aggressive. At some point during the chase, the 48-year-old bailed from the stolen Ford F-150 and fired at pursuing officers while she was on foot. At least one bullet struck the door of the patrol car, however, the officer was not injured.As authorities continued searching for Baggs they received a call from another woman stating that there was a woman hiding under her porch.When authorities arrived to the home, they found Baggs under the porch.Baggs has since been arrested and faces two counts of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, fleeing and eluding law enforcement at a high speed, and resisting arrest without violence.last_img read more

School resource deputy arrested on child abuse charges

first_imgIn a press conference held on Tuesday, Sheriff Gregory Tony told reporters that he is unsure why the student was in the room or what happened before the incident, however, the response was unwarranted: A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy serving as a school resource officer has been arrested for child abuse after surveillance video showed him slamming a student to the ground.The incident occurred on Sept. 25th at Cross Creek School in Pompano Beach.The video shows Deputy Willard Miller grabbing a 15-year-old girl by the neck and slamming her to the ground. Deputy Miller was initially suspended without pay as authorities investigated the incident and as of Tuesday he was arrested on a felony charge of child abuse without great bodily harm.center_img “The way the deputy responds, for whatever occurred, whatever type of verbal dialogue was going on, it makes no sense and it wasn’t necessary,” Sheriff Tony said.last_img read more

Apocalyptic Scene of Dead Birds

first_imgHundreds of birds were found dead on a road in Bodenern, Wales on the island of Anglesey in a scene right out of a paranormal movie.People do not know what caused the death of the birds, but reports say the entire flock landed on the road not long before their bodies were discovered there. Creepy.last_img

Single mother in Michigan gets $2,020 tip on $23 bill ahead of new year

first_imgDanielle Franzoni, a single mom with three children and one on the way, received a $2020 tip on a $23 tab while waiting tables at Thunder Bay River Restaurant.Danielle recently moved to Alpena to “start over” with her family as she is recovering from drug addiction.According to reports the receipt read  ‘Happy New Year Danielle, 2020 challenge.’Franzoni never got the chance to thank the people responsible for the generous gift, but hopes they know that they’ve helped change her life heading into the new year.last_img

Singer Rod Stewart Pleads Not Guilty to Charges from Palm Beach NYE Incident

first_imgMusician Rod Stewart pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges he is facing as a result of a fight that took place at the Breakers Hotel on New Year’s Eve.The singer allegedly punched a security guard during a children’s party at the hotel, according to Palm Beach Police.His 39-year-old son, Sean Stewart, was also involved in the incident.Two witnesses who work for the Breakers told police they saw Sean Stewart push the security guard, as Rod punched the man.Both Sean and Rod Stewart were charged with simple battery.Rod Stewart Charged for Allegedly Attacking Security Guard at Palm Beach NYE Partylast_img

Donegal lotto players’ frenzy over €130M jackpot

first_imgA lucky EuroMillions player from Donegal could see their own name added to Ireland’s Rich List tonight!Whoever scoops the €130 million jackpot will go straight in at number 124, above Irish golfer, Rory McIlroy; Irish businessman, Ben Dunne; and Irish actor Liam Neeson if they win tonight’s massive EuroMillions jackpot.Speaking ahead of Friday’s EuroMillions Mega Draw, Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive of the National Lottery said: “Every so often EuroMillions gives back to its players by offering special draws. Together with the National Lottery’s EuroMillions partners, we have boosted the jackpot to an incredible €130 million.” “This is the largest EuroMillions jackpot since the Naul Family Syndicate won €175.4 million on a ticket sold in Co. Dublin in February – the highest ever jackpot won in Ireland.“We are expecting huge interest from our players who hope to become Ireland’s 15th EuroMillions jackpot winner. It would be incredible to get a second Irish EuroMillions jackpot winner in the space of a few months”.Ireland ranks as the third luckiest country when it comes to Euromillion jackpot wins per capita, behind Portugal and Luxembourg.[2]To be in with a chance of being the 15th lucky Irish EuroMillions jackpot winner, play EuroMillions in-store, on the National Lottery App or online by 7:30pm this Friday. Here is the roll call of the lucky 14 Irish EuroMillions jackpot winners to date:July 2005: Dolores McNamara from Limerick, was Ireland’s first and biggest EuroMillions winner scooping over €115 million.July 2008: A lucky player from Co. Tipperary won a €15 million jackpot with a ticket bought in Carrick-on-Suir in Co. Tipperary.June 2009: A family syndicate shared the jackpot with a British winner, taking home over €29.4 million with a ticket they purchased in Dublin.June 2013: A winning ticket sold in Beaumount, Dublin, shared a EuroMillions jackpot worth over €187 million. A Dublin player earned half of the jackpot and picked up over €93 million. September 2013: A young man from the South East shared a jackpot of over €25 million with a player in Spain, taking home over €12.8 million.April 2014: A jackpot prize worth €15 million was claimed on a ticket sold in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.September 2014: An €86.7 million jackpot was won by a syndicate from Dublin. The ticket was sold in Centra, Ballybrack, Co. Dublin.January 2016: A syndicate of friends won over €66 million, splitting the jackpot of €132,376,632. The ticket was sold in Eason’s store, Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Carlow. July 2016: 22 colleagues from Dublin Bus won the €23.8 million. The ticket was sold in O’Hanlon’s Portarlington.January 2017: A Dublin work syndicate claimed the €88.5 million EuroMillions jackpot. The winning ticket was sold at the Applegreen Service Station on the M1 Northbound in Lusk, Co. Dublin.July 2017: A syndicate from the West of Ireland won a €29 million EuroMillions jackpot. The ticket was sold in Garryduff XL Store on Pound Road, Castlebar in Co. Mayo.December 2017: A small family syndicate from Dublin won €38.9 million on a ticket purchased in The Village Shop in Malahide Shopping CentreIn June 2018: 32 colleagues from Stakelums Hardware store in Thurles Co. Tipperary share a €17 million EuroMillions jackpot with a ticket they purchased at Eason’s Store in Thurles Shopping Centre in Co. Tipperary.February 2019: The Naul Family Syndicate won €175.4 million on a ticket sold in Reillys Daybreak in Naul, Co. Dublin.Donegal lotto players’ frenzy over €130M jackpot was last modified: June 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:donegalFrenzylottolast_img read more