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1608 PD: Coalition announces final version of animal well-being principles

first_imgDuring a recent press conference, Dr. Jamie Jonker, the National Dairy Animal Well-being Initiative’s co-chair for the principles and guidelines committee and director of regulatory affairs for the National Milk Producers Federation, explained the changes between the draft initiative and the final approved initiative. The additions and deletions from the initiative’s six guiding principles, and commentary about them by Jonker, are highlighted below.advertisementadvertisement“As producers, we want a program that can help reassure quality and our acceptable social license to produce milk.”–Dairyman Logan Bower, Blain, Pennsylvania NDAWI Producer Outreach Committee Member“What we are trying to do is maintain consumer trust and confidence in the dairy industry. This program will provide the assurance to the rational majority of consumers who want to continue to enjoy dairy products that the industry is committed to doing what is right. We’re not likely to persuade those who have a philosophical objection to the use of animals in food production.”–Charlie Arnot, CMA Consulting NDAWI ConsultantManagementadvertisementTo promote animal well-being animal caretakers should be appropriately adequately trained, follow protocols and have access to record systems to meet the requirements of their position.“This really means, ‘Do your employees have a comprehensive understanding of your requirements for animal care?’ I think we may have see in the ‘gotcha videos’ that came out earlier this year that perhaps the expectations for all employees were not outlined very well. I think that in most farms they are. We need to make sure those expectations are known by our employees.”NutritionAnimals and animal groups should always have non-competitive access to a nutritionally adequate diet and clean, fresh water.“There was concern in the comments we received about what ‘all times’ and what ‘non-competitive’ meant. We actually like to have a little competitiveness in our animals when they are at the feedbunk. Animals that eat more generally producer more and generally last longer in the herd. What does ‘at all times’ mean? Does that mean we would have to have access to water in the holding pen? These were things that we didn’t think were indented with the draft, so through the comments we corrected that and made changes.”Handling, Movement and TransportationadvertisementAll animals and animal groups should be handled, moved and transported in a manner that minimizes reduces behavior modification and the risk of the potential for injury, discomfort or disease.“This certainly received a lot of scrutiny and discussion both within the drafting group and from the comments that were received.“It’s not just enough that the animal can walk on a truck at the farm; we need to ensure in the best manner possible that animal can walk off that truck at an auction, walk back onto a truck and off again at a slaughter yard and pass inspection, go through the process and ultimately on to the consumer. Our industry does a very good job of this. We do have occasional incidences. Producers will be able to meet the challenges of any on-farm program in this area. “Housing and FacilitiesFacilities should be designed, constructed and maintained to provide and promote animal health, comfort and safety.“We do not have one production system. What we need to do is ensure animal health and comfort in these facilities.”Third-Party VerificationVerifying Assuring on-farm dairy animal well-being requires third-party verification.“This principle generated much discussion both within the drafting group and the dairy producer community. Verification and auditing may not be that different. Verification is a more producer-friendly term. Auditing brings with it certain mind sets. Someone might think of for example an IRS audit – a painful process.“This isn’t meant to be a painful process. It’s not meant to designated winners and losers. This is to verify that the program meets the goals it has set out to meet. Our producers want to assure the public that they are doing the right things. 99.9 percent of the time they are.”Animal HealthThe health of all animals and animal groups should be maintained through preventive care programs augmented by rapid diagnosis and treatment when necessary.“In the draft, we talked about training of personnel in euthanasia. We probably don’t want everyone on our farms trained in euthanasia. We probably want specific people to make the decision of when it is appropriate to euthanize an animal and to have the ability to euthanize that animal in the most humane way.” PDlast_img read more

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2020 starts with fewer dairy cows and heifers

first_imgAs of Jan. 1, 2020, U.S. dairy herds contained about 9.335 million dairy cows that calved in 2019, down about 18,800 from a year earlier and the smallest total since 2016 (Table 1).advertisementadvertisementCombined, dairy herds in Texas, Idaho and Colorado had 67,000 more cows than a year earlier. In contrast, herds in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Wisconsin were down a combined 47,000 head from Jan. 1, 2019.(Detailed statistical analysis of state and national dairy herds and milk production will be featured in the April 1, 2020, issue of Progressive Dairy.)Looking at potential replacements, there were about 4.637 million dairy heifers weighing 500 pounds or more, down 64,500 from a year earlier and the lowest number to start a year since 2014. That averages out to be about 49.7 heifers per 100 cows, also the smallest ratio since 2014.Of the dairy replacement heifers, 2.931 million head are expected to calve in 2020, down about 74,300 from 2019. As of Jan. 1, 2020, there were 31.4 replacements expected to calve for every 100 cows currently in the herd, the smallest percentage since 2009.advertisementIn addition to part of the U.S. dairy herd being crossbred to beef, increased cow culling has played a role in shrinking numbers. The USDA estimated 3.224 million dairy cows were slaughtered in 2019, the highest total since 1986, the year of a federal whole-herd buyout program. As a percentage of the dairy herd, about 34.5% were slaughtered in 2019 compared to 33.5% the year before.The inventories are based on data compiled by the USDA from about 24,000 dairy and beef operations during the first half of January.   Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.com USDA’s semiannual estimate of cattle inventories indicates there were fewer dairy cows and replacement heifers to start the new year.last_img read more

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Farmington Area Goodfellows still needs your help

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Scores of volunteer drivers delivered boxes of food and gifts during Saturday’s Farmington Area Goodfellows delivery day, but the organization still needs your help.The Farmington Area Goodfellows annual holiday drive brings in scores of nonperishable food items, books, and gifts, along with cash donations, to ensure that no local child or senior goes without a Christmas. On a Saturday before Christmas, volunteer drivers deliver packages to families all around Farmington and Farmington Hills.Goodfellows president Richard Lerner said the 501(c)3 nonprofit received enough to serve this year’s families, but a cash shortfall may hamper next year’s efforts.Farmington High hockey players load boxes of food items and gifts into vehicles during the Goodfellows December 16 delivery day in Farmington Hills.“Although our building is donated and our staff are all volunteers, financial contributions help us to pay for grocery and department store cards, utilities, insurance and many other operational costs,” he said. Lerner added that without additional donations, “we may have to scale back our program in 2018.”While drivers delivered gifts on December 16, these students wrote thank you notes to Farmington Area Goodfellows donors. (photo courtesy Richard Lerner)There’s still time to help. Make a contribution online at goodfellows.info or send a check to Farmington Area Goodfellows, 31455 W. 11 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48336. Reported bylast_img read more

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Businesses sponsor free showing of ‘E.T.’ at the Farmington Civic

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Several local businesses have teamed up to bring the community a free showing of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2:30 p.m., at the Farmington Civic Theater.Seating is limited, and pop and popcorn are included for those who attend. Reported bylast_img read more

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FLYER: Enjoy a walk through local gardens July 28

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The Farmington Garden Club’s “Gardens of Ideas” Garden Walk will showcase seven private gardens and the Governor Warner Mansion on July 28, rain or shine.The walk starts at 10 a.m. at the Mansion. Transportation is not provided. Tickets will be available the day of the event and can be purchased in advance from Garden Club members and at Steinkopf Nursery in Farmington.To learn more, visit farmingtongardenclub.com. Reported bylast_img read more

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Community food pantry slated January 19 in Farmington Hills

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The Tawheed Center of Farmington Hills, together with Muslim Family Services, will host a community mobile food pantry on Saturday, January 19.Open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the pantry takes place at the Tawheed Center, 29707 W. 10 Mile Rd. It is offered on the third Saturday of each month for low-income and no-income residents.For more information, call 248-252-6962. Reported bylast_img read more

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Popular ‘Harry Potter’ skate returns on December 28

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) As RIley Park Ice Rink fans prepare to strap on their skates for another season, volunteers are planning to revive last year’s popular “Harry Potter and the Holiday Skate”.About 700 people attended last year’s Harry Potter-themed skate in downtown Farmington. (facebook.com/RileyParkIceRinkHeld this year on December 28, 6-9 p.m., the event will expand to include a costume contest and new “Knockturn Alley”, which will close off a sidewalk. Vendors slated to participate include Sunflour Bakehaus,  Dagwood’s Deli, Bellacino’s, and Professor Pemberton’s Wands.While the rink does not offer skate rentals, a limited number of skates in various sizes are available to borrow.Admission is $5 per wizard, $20 per house. Riley Park Ice Rink is located in the area of Grand River and Grove Street in downtown Farmington.To learn more, visit facebook.com/RileyParkIceRink/. Reported bylast_img read more

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MPI Corporation Introduces Fully-Automatic Probe System for RF Production Testing

first_imgAs the 200 mm wafer test market continues to expand, MPI Corporation has introduced a new fully automatic wafer probe system. The TS2500-RF addresses multiple production test market requirements which include RF communication devices and discrete passive components. This system is based on the industry leading and highly reliable automatic LED probe systems from MPI’s Photonic Automation Division with 1000’s of installations worldwide.With the TS2500-RF, they are addressing the widely expanding production test market of RF communication devices and discrete RF passive components. MPI plans to continue focusing uon innovations and synergies between all their divisions to provide maximum value for served markets and to reinforce their mission to reduce the overall cost of test.Available for both ambient and/or hot temperature operation modes, this TS2500-RF can reach maximum speeds of 10 Dies/second (depends on configuration) which makes it an ideal choice for production electrical tests on discrete RF devices. The unique design of MPI wafer chucks and wafer lift pins can safely handle wafers with thickness down to 50 micrometers and thus enable testing of challenging thin III-Vs compound wafers. Advanced alignment features such as off-axis and chuck mounted upper-looking cameras make it an ideal platform for testing within complex RF measurement configurations.The TS2500-RF can be configured with their advanced RF accessories such as, RF MicroPositioners, RF cables, calibration substrates and TITAN RF probes to ensure precise and accurate RF measurements. With integration of the Vector Network Analyzers (VNA) closer to the DUT, the MPI partnership with Rohde & Schwarz, and new advanced calibration techniques, this fully-automatic probe system becomes a complete measurement solution that addresses the complexities of RF production test.last_img read more

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Pasternack Introduces 4 GHz to 38 GHz IQ Mixers

first_imgPasternack has introduced six new IQ mixer models with RF and LO frequency bands ranging from 4 GHz to 38 GHz and In-Phase and Quadrature IF bandwidths ranging from DC to 4.5 GHz. The applications of the new mixer series include point-to-point and point-to-multipoint radio, VSAT, Military Radar, EW, Satellite Communications, sensors, and test and measurement equipment.The new IQ Mixer modules are composed of MMIC based assemblies which use a highly reliable GaAs MESFET semiconductor process that consists of a pair of matched double-balanced mixer cells, a 90-degree hybrid and a 0-degree splitter/combiner. This level of integration offers advantages in size and performance when compared to discrete module assemblies. With the addition of an external 90 degree IF hybrid module, these IQ Mixers can be configured as an Image Reject Mixer (IRM) or Single Sideband Up-converter Mixer. Image rejection and sideband suppression reduce overall system cost and complexity by removing the need for pre-selection filtering. These IQ Mixers can be used as Image Reject Mixers as they have a low conversion loss that ranges from 7.5 to 10 dBm, high image rejection up to 35 dB typical, and LO to RF Isolation up to 42 dB.  These designs offer excellent linearity with input 1 dB compression as high as +20 dB typical and Input IP3 as high as +35 dB typical.  LO drive power ranges from +15 to +19 dBm.The models are available in hermetically sealed Kovar drop-in metal packages that are gold-over-nickel-plated and support field-replaceable SMA connectors. All units are RoHS compliant, export classified as EAR99, and guaranteed to meet MIL-STD-883 environmental test conditions for fine and gross leak and temperature cycle.Pasternack’s IQ Mixers are in-stock and ready for immediate shipment with no minimum order quantity. Click here for more information.last_img read more

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Anritsu Introduces Five New Software Options for its Analyzers to Enable Faster 5G Service Rollout

first_img 5G Standard Measurement Software (Basic License) MX285051A NR TDD sub-6 GHz Downlink MX285051A-011 NR TDD sub-6 GHz Uplink MX285051A-061 NR TDD mmWave Downlink MX285051A-021 NR TDD mmWave Uplink MX285051A-071 The modules when combined with MS2850A Signal Analyzer provide a cost effective solution for fast and stable signal-analysis measurements, such as Tx power, frequency error, EVM, etc., at frequencies below 6 GHz (sub-6 GHz) and in the millimeter wavebands (mmWave) such as 28 GHz band and 39 GHz band. This makes them a preferred option for any telecoms operator looking for early deployment of commercial 5G services.The MS2850A has the same or better dynamic range and amplitude/phase flatness as higher-end models but at a better cost-performance point, assuring both high-precision signal analysis and higher finished product quality at a lower instrument cost. To help facilitate early deployment of 5G services while meeting demands for high-level measurement technologies at lower instrument costs, Anritsu has developed the announced product release to improve the quality of 5G NR equipment while cutting costs. Anritsu has introduced five new 5G measurement software options for its MS2850A Signal Analyzer. The new software options are compliant with the 3GPP 5G standards (5G NR) and used for measuring the RF Tx characteristics of next-generation 5G base stations and mobile terminals.The five new measurement software options are:last_img read more