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GPSU calls on Govt to resume talks for 2016 pay hike

first_imgThe Guyana Government has been formally notified of the Guyana Public Service Union’s (GPSU) rejection of its one to 10 per cent differential approach to increases for public servants and the Union.GPSU has also formally invited the Government through its negotiating team to resume negotiations “within the spirit of what is just, consistent with its 2015 manifesto commitment and with due respect for the Union’s representation in pursuit of a living wage being paid as the basic pay for an employee of the Guyana public service.”The GPSU, in releasing its missive to Government, said, “it is the intention of the Union to ensure that its members continue to be well-informed regarding the progress of the negotiations through the media and by way of other channels of communication available to the Union.It is the firm intention of the GPSU to continue to take the negotiations in a direction that results in an outcome that allows for public servants to attain the goal of a living wage and adequate related allowances and conditions of service,” the Union stated.Government Chief negotiator, Reginald Brotherson, the Permanent Secretary, of the Ministry of the Presidency, was written to by GPSU’s acting General Secretary, Kempton Alexander, with the missive copied to President David Granger, Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Finance Minister Winston Jordan.GPSU in its letter to Government said the Union “hereby informs you that at its General Council Meeting held on September 2, 2016, a unanimous decision was taken to reject the offer of 10 per cent – one per cent differentiated approach proposed by the Government of Guyana.”The GPSU has since called on Government to resume negotiations.GPSU President Patrick Yarde had over the weekend cautioned Government to return to the bargaining table, saying it should be guided by history, including the infamous 1999 public servants strike which lasted for 57 days and had to be resolved through arbitration.Yarde during the recent meeting of the GPSU’s General Council Meeting had cause to point out that more than $6.8 billion was set aside in the 2016 Budget to cater for salary increases for public servants – none of which was spent.He had also accused Government of horse-trading over its publicly stated position that it will go ahead and make an arbitrary award in face of the Union’s refusal of the differentiated 10 per cent to one per cent salary increases for public servants.Yarde has since also sought to remind the parties that form the coalition Government, that it had campaigned on a promise to pay public servants decent wages/salaries.“Rather than address workers’ wages/salaries and conditions of work, the Government instead opted to increase its own salaries by as much as 50 per cent,” Yarde said.Yarde, in his public missive over the weekend, said the outcome of any negotiation that is considered just, is one where the results are agreed upon by the parties involved.He said the GPSU rejected the wage/salary offer and for the Government to state that the position put forward to the Union is final; and it will go ahead and implement it even if the Union has not accepted same, is a breach of trust and can be described as evidence of bad faith negotiations.last_img read more

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W’kshop on Economic reporting Opens Today

first_imgA training workshop to boost the financial and economic literacy of mid to upper level media practitioners in the banking and finance sector as well as staff of the Legislative Budget Office (LBO) kicks off today, Monday, March 20, 2017, at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).The exercise, which is part of CBL’s financial inclusion outreach program, will be conducted by the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) in collaboration with the Central Bank of Liberia.WAIFEM, based in Lagos, Nigeria was established by five West African central banks including, the Central Banks of Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, the Gambia and Sierra Leone, to help enhance the capacity building process of professionals from member countries.The 5-day workshop will offer a rare opportunity for focused capacity building for staff involved in reporting and analyzing developments in the economy and the financial sector in particular.The workshop will also provide insight on the importance of economic and financial information in planning and formulation of policies.The workshop is expected to increase the “economic quotient” of attendees towards promoting a greater public awareness of domestic and international economic and financial issues in the interest of a more enlightened public that will engender greater popular participation in national, economic and financial agenda.It can be recalled that in his meeting with media practitioners last year, the Executive Governor of the CBL, Milton A. Weeks, who is also the current Chairman of the Board of Governors of WAIFEM, committed to assisting in the provision of training on economic and financial sector reporting.The CBL subsequently decided to expand the workshop to include staff of the Legislative Budget Office (LBO) to afford them the opportunity to benefit from such training which is expected to assist the LBO in providing quality information to Legislators on economic and financial developments.The workshop is expected to provide participants with a practical overview and insight into economic and financial markets.It will update the knowledge and upgrade the skills of financial analysts in economic and financial policies with a strong emphasis on economic and financial analyses and performance monitoring.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Charges against 2 former GRDB officials reinstated

first_imgIt has been almost one month since the former General Manager (GM) of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), Jagnarine Singh; his former deputy, Madanlall Ramraj, and former GRDB accountant Peter Ramcharran were jointly slapped with 34 charges alleging fraud committed between the years 2011 and 2012; and the state has now moved to withdraw charges against the now overseas-based former accountant.GRDB General Manager Jainarine SinghThe atmosphere grew tense in the court of Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Thursday when the two accused appeared in court while State Prosecutor Patrice Henry and Defence Attorney Glen Hanoman transitioned into full battle mode before the magistrate stepped in to intervene.The decision to withdraw charges against the third party came following concerns raised that the case was being stalled and unable to proceed in absence of Ramcharran, who resides in Canada and has not made appearance before the local courts of law, despite being served notice and notwithstanding collaborative efforts of the local police with the International Police Organization (INTERPOL).Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan was unable to read the amended charges against the pair in absence of a fiat (binding edict issued by a person in command) from the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions. While the prosecutor claimed to have the fiat, he was unable to produce same to the court, claiming that he did not have same in his possession at the time, causing defence counsel to question whether it really existed. Nonetheless, the case was stood down to be heard in the afternoon session.In the afternoon session, Prosecutor Henry readily produced a fiat dated November 16, 2017 (Thursday) and the information was sworn in by an investigating rank attached to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Sherronie James.Hanoman’s attempts to establish that the prosecutor may have misled the court about having the fiat (since same was dated the same day) proved ineffective, as the investigating rank was unable to state the exact time of day it was received.During a lengthy court sitting, the 34 charges against Ramraj and Jainarine were read by the Chief Magistrate, and the accused denied all the charges, alleging the keeping of fraudulent account and fraudulent appropriation of property between the years 2011 and 2012.The first 17 charges allege that between 2011 and 2012, at Lot 16-17 Cowan Street, Kingstown, they omitted to enter, or to make full and true entries of over $4.2 million into the company’s ledger, contrary to standard operation procedures.Subsequent allegations detail that the accused fraudulently took, or applied to their own use and benefit, other than for the use and purpose of GRDB, a total of $5.1 million.On the issue of bail, the court indicated that same $1 million bail that the defendants were previously on would be transferred from the jacket holding the charges against the three defendants to the modified version (against the two), as the charges remain the same.As the clock ticked on, defence counsel sought to make submissions for the charges to be struck out, alleging abuse of process. The charges alleging the keeping of fraudulent accounts are presently before Magistrate Leron Daly, the only difference being that one is general while the other is specific. According to the lawyer, the matter before Magistrate Daly alleges omission to make records for the fiscal year, while the present charges allege omission for every individual transaction during the fiscal year. In essence, the criminal conduct remains the same.On the other hand, as regards the charges of fraudulent account-keeping, Hanoman advanced that the prosecution has to decide the particular offence for which the defendants are to be charged (whether it is for criminal omission or act) as the words in the relevant section constitute more than one offence. Further, the defence raised concerns of the present charges being filed whilst identical charges against the accused parties were still “live” before another court.In closing, the lawyer bemoaned the fact that there was no fiat produced by the prosecution in relation to the charges which he purported to withdraw, only presenting one which granted him permission to proceed against the two defendants. In effect, he declared such to be ineffective, as it specifically granted permission to “appear for the prosecution at the hearing…at no cost to the state”, which produces an absurdity, since prosecutors are paid by the state.The case will continue on January 10, 2018.last_img read more

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Council hears revised transportation plan

first_imgCoun. Byron Stewart said that development of 105th avenue as an east-west connector could attract drivers to the downtown core, as he believes there isn’t a viable option for commuters to head east-west through downtown efficiently.“East-West, in my mind … we lack that flow-through of traffic,” Steward said. “North-South, it seems, if you look at our maps, we have more connectors that way than we do the other way.”Check out the improved plan here. After feedback from city council, Urban System’s Kristin Bayet, James Donnelly and General Manager of Integrated Services Victor Shopland  presented a revised plan for improved transportation in Fort Saint John on Monday.The living plan – which focuses heavily on repairing/expanding roads and building bike path – was redeveloped to incorporate the council’s thoughts after a previous meeting. Their concerns included bike routes not being very versatile, and where the designated dangerous goods routes would go as more residential areas are built.“These are the projects that really support the growth of the city,” said Donnelly. “They’re mostly dependent on the growth happening.”- Advertisement -Without a doubt, the city and surrounding areas certainly are growing. Fort Saint John experienced a 4.5% population increase from 2013 to 2014, which some say is attributed to the flourishing economy attracting new residents.Mayor Lori Ackerman acknowledged that the city’s growth means construction projects will be necessary at some point, but there are other considerations the council must discuss, such as how working with utility companies will impact construction.Should this plan go through, the expansion of 108th Street is seen as a priority – as was the development of the 105th avenue from 88th the 86th street, which could be completed as part of the Recreation Master Plan.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hails ‘special’ Chelsea forward

first_img RANKED 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Klopp was already aware of Hazard’s talents BEST OF The two teams fielded largely second-string line-ups but will be back to full strength at Saturday teatime ahead of a blockbuster Premier League encounter, with Hazard set to start.Klopp said: “I know exactly how good he is!“Eden Hazard is a special player, obviously, and he enjoys these one-on-one situations or one versus two or three situations, he enjoys it.“I didn’t need that game to know about Eden, it was already clear before.”The German refused to confirm whether Virgil van Dijk would be available to face Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, who dropped points for the first time this season after drawing a blank at West Ham last week. Klopp added: “With Virgil we have to wait. He hasn’t trained so far with the team but I can’t say any more about that.”Asked whether their first defeat of the campaign impacted morale in the squad, Klopp said: “It’s not cool, it’s not what you want. We shouldn’t be surprised things like this can happen especially against a really strong side when you don’t use your chances.“Of course, immediately afterwards it’s not good but then you have two days in this case to get back on track.“That’s worked so far. We go to Chelsea and try our best again. But in games like this you can never be sure you get the result you want, you have to work for it and once again we try.” Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 2 MONEY silverware Hazard showed his class against Liverpool Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp needed no reminders of Eden Hazard’s potency as he looks to stop the Chelsea star for a second time this week.The Belgian came off the bench to bag an excellent solo goal to lift the Blues to a 2-1 Carabao Cup victory at Anfield in midweek, ending Liverpool’s perfect start to the season. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED Liverpool have won their opening six top-flight fixtures but that will be put to the test in the next couple of weeks as they follow up the Chelsea clash by welcoming champions Manchester City to Merseyside.In-between they travel to face Napoli in the Champions League in midweek.Klopp added: “Before we started it was clear that a game against Chelsea at Chelsea will not be a children’s birthday or whatever, that’s pretty intense.“Then we go to Naples which is a tough place to go and then Man City coming.“It’s an interesting month, to be honest. But so far, so good and the boys are fully in it and ready to go.”last_img read more

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DONEGAL TEAM HOPING FOR A ‘MODEL’ PERFORMANCE WITH PIPPA!

first_imgAll roads lead to Pairc Naomh Brid in Ballintra this coming Sunday for RTE’s Celebrity Bainisteoir.The Donegal side line out against St.Marys Rochfortbridge with a huge amount at stake.Gates open at 1pm and the match starts at 3pm. The Green and Black flags are already flying high around the parish this week in support of model Pippa O’Connor and the boys.And there promises to be a red hot reception for Pippa’s husband Brian Ormond who is in charge of St Marys.“A large crowd is expected so come early to get a good spot and there will be parking available in the field across from the pitch.“Bring all your friends and family and cheer the boys on to what we hope will be victory,” said a spokesman.  DONEGAL TEAM HOPING FOR A ‘MODEL’ PERFORMANCE WITH PIPPA! was last modified: July 24th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:BRIAN ORMONDCelebrity BainisteoirPIPA O’CONNORlast_img read more

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IT’S ALL IN THE MIX AS VOODOO VENUE LAUNCHES COCKTAIL CLASSES

first_imgVOODOO VENUE: Have you ever wanted to impress your friends with cocktail making skills??Well Voodoo Venue are giving YOU an exciting chance to become a professional Mixologist!  This Summer the skillful team at Voodoo Venue will be sharing the secrets of the trade from a range of skills and techniques with their very own cocktail classes.Our mixologist’s Martin, Chris and Odhran will host the classes focused on cocktail fundamentals and techniques from our exclusive cocktail menu.Perfect way to celebrate Birthdays, Bridal Party’s, Girlie Nights Out, Corporate Activities.The classes are only €20 per person which includes champagne on arrival, cocktail training, 2 cocktails, shots and party games. To book please Voodoo Office on: +353 7491 09815Or e-mail: emermcglynn@hotmail.comCheck out our Facebook page for special offers and competition on: www.facebook.com/VOOD00venueletterkennyTo get on our weekly VIP Glistrr list: https://glist.me/voodooIT’S ALL IN THE MIX AS VOODOO VENUE LAUNCHES COCKTAIL CLASSES was last modified: May 15th, 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:CocktailsEntertainmentFeaturesnewsVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

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SECURITY EXPECTED TO BE TIGHTENED AS WATER PROTESTORS TO PICKET MacGILL SUMMER SCHOOL

first_imgSecurity is expected to be tightened after an announcement by Right2Water Donegal that they are to stag a protest at Environment Minister Alan Kelly’s visit to the county.Donegal protestors at a previous march. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Minister Kelly is to attend the MacGill Summer School where he will take part in a debate on Irish Water in the Highlands Hotel in Glenties.The organisers are calling on all those who oppose water charges to attend.Right2Water have stressed that they will mount a peaceful and dignified protest.Charlie Mc Dyer of Right2Water Donegal said their group embraces those who opposed water metering, those who have refused to register and those who support non-payment.“People have also begun to make the connections between the struggle against water charges and other social and economic problems, there is also a gathering of momentum in the recognition of a need for a political challenge to the government in the upcoming election.’“The aim of Right2Water remains the defeat of the government and the EU on water charges , and to prevent privatisation by enshrining in the Constitution a guarantee of public ownership of this vital natural resource.”Owen Curran of Right2Water West Donegal added ‘We are gathering in Glenties to tell the Minister that we will not stand for the handing over of our water to private companies to make a profit from it, and of course remind him yet again that we already pay for water through general taxation.”The organizers have also assured the Boyle family who run the Highlands Hotel and the people who organize the Mc Gill School, that , as always Right2Water intend to protest in a peaceful and disciplined manner .SECURITY EXPECTED TO BE TIGHTENED AS WATER PROTESTORS TO PICKET MacGILL SUMMER SCHOOL was last modified: July 13th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalMcGill Summer SchoolWater protestlast_img read more

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Gallery: South Africa’s roots lie in Western Cape

first_imgMention the Western Cape, and people immediately think of Table Mountain, V & A Waterfront and Stellenbosch. But the province is more than Cape Town’s attractions. It is a hodgepodge of natural and cultural delights.The iconic image of Cape Town and the Western Cape. The view of Table Mountain from the V&A Waterfront is always spectacular. Wherever you go in Cape Town, the mountain is always looming over you. (Images: South African Tourism, unless stated otherwise.)Compiled by Shamin ChibbaIt’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”. To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.It is the province from which South Africa was born and grew from. It is home to ghoema music and Table Mountain, the country’s winelands and Robben Island. It is the province where the Khoisan first came into contact with foreigners such as the Dutch, British, Malay and French immigrants.The Western Cape is a tapestry of historical, cultural and natural delights.Here, you will find vertiginous mountains begging to be hiked, caves with rock paintings and artefacts thousands of years old, and towns populated by people content with the simple life.Most of all, you will find South Africa’s roots.Cango Caves is situated at the foothills of the Swartberg range near Oudtshoorn. It is located in Precambrian limestone, which means it is from the earliest aeon in the Earth’s history, which dates back to over 4-billion years. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Stone artefacts and other cultural material indicate that people lived in the cave’s entrance during the Middle and Later Stone Ages. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Franschoek has become known as South Africa’s food and wine capital with one of the more popular restaurants being Reuben’s. This town of approximately 15 000 has a Bastille Festival which has been celebrated since July 1994. It coincides with France’s national holiday on 14 July.The Little Karoo town of Oudtshoorn is reliant on ostrich farming. Known as the ostrich capital of the world, its ostrich farming industry dates back to a feather boom in the 1860s.The Cederberg Mountains are noted for their dramatic, wind-carved sandstone formations like the Maltese Cross and the Wolfberg Arch (above), as well as San rock paintings.The Model Shipyard in Mossel Bay has been designing and producing model ships for private collectors, companies and even Hollywood productions, the more recent being “The Adventures of Tin Tin”. (Image: Shamin Chibba)The Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary is situated between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. The semi-tame wolves can be petted. Wolves are not native to South Africa and it has been purported that they were brought to South Africa as part of a military programme. It didn’t work out. Those that remain are now being taken care of by the likes of this wolf sanctuary and others in the country. (Image: Shamin Chibba)The Knysna elephants are the stuff of legend. The beasts found at the Knysna Elephant Park are not part of the same herd. The park was established to take care of more than 40 orphaned elephants since 1994. (Image: Shamin Chibba)The Mossel Bay Maritime Museum, also known as the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, is a treasure trove for those interested in South Africa’s maritime history. Artefacts, artwork and information provide a holistic story of 500 years of ocean travel in the Cape. Make sure to check out the life size replica of Dias’ caravel, which had actually sailed from Lisbon, Portugal, in December 1987 and two months later, it berthed in Mossel Bay. (Image: Shamin Chibba)The quaint fishing village of Elands Bay is perfect for dolphin and whale watching and surfing. The Elands Bay Cave houses numerous rock paintings and quartz stone tools that date back 9 000 years.The Franschoek Motor Museum gives visitors the opportunity to check out vintage saloon and sports cars dating as far back as 100 years ago.The Knysna Lagoon is perfect for water sports such as water skiing.Known as the ‘diamond of the West Coast’, Lambert’s Bay is home to Bird Island with its numerous seabird species.Long Street is Cape Town’s nightlife hub. With numerous pubs, clubs and restaurants to choose from, a traveller in search of a vibrant party wouldn’t have to look further.The Wacky Wine Weekend in Robertson brings together over 40 wineries, boutique wineries and tourist establishments to showcase the valley’s award winning wines over the four days.The Stellenbosch wine route will satisfy wine connoisseurs and beginners alike. But if you’re not drinking, it doesn’t matter, the scenery is enough to make the trip to this university town.last_img read more

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Cash flow, profits and marketing flexibility important to consider for beef herds

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As summer turned to autumn, you faced familiar questions. Do I market calves at weaning or precondition them? Which heifers should I keep? Record prices made answers a bit easier last year, but with those on the decline you may want to consider alternatives.The decision of when to market calves relative to weaning comes down to enterprise profitability along with feed, facilities and labor availability. Cash flow can play a role, too, but recent profits may give you more marketing flexibility.Affordable feed and forage suggests a reasonable cost of gain for preconditioning. If you used profits to upgrade facilities, you’re ready to take advantage of reduced labor and management costs while trying to add value and weight in an uncertain market.As calf supplies increases in this expansion phase, premiums for preconditioning tend to increase as buyers become more selective.The value of gain during preconditioning is linked to improvements in health, reduction in shrink and weight gain. It’s hard to earn health premiums without some verification, so consider participating in branded systems with defined requirements, oversight and a marketing program to increase buyer confidence.Shrink is reduced when you separate weaning stress from marketing. Shrink is inevitable when you handle cattle, but preconditioning lets you sort them into marketing groups in the lot as you familiarize them with bunk feeding.Producers should work with nutritionists to develop an energy-dense diet to promote gain during this critical time. Selling more pounds of a value-added product is another way to improve preconditioning profits while preparing calves to perform on the rail. Since marbling development is a lifetime process, energy-dense preconditioning diets offer advantages on the farm or ranch while potentially enhancing grade for the feeder.As the cow herd expands, you can expect more selection pressure on replacement heifers everywhere, so you might as well start at home. The record-low beef cow inventory coupled with record-high calf prices last year led to greater heifer retention and less selection pressure. When you wean heifers this fall, pay more attention to quality replacements.Begin by selecting heifers born early in the calving season. These early-born females are more productive over their lifetime and carry genetics adapted to your operation’s management and resources. They will be older and require less inputs to achieve puberty and an adequate percentage of mature size by the start of breeding season.From this group, cull heifers with obvious disposition problems, because seldom does a poor disposition get better. Heifers with pinkeye scars or known health challenges are also candidates for culling. If you’re trying to moderate mature size, take another look at frame in your heifers. It’s easy to spot and cull the short and poor performers, but if you don’t cull the larger framed heifers, mature cows size will drift higher over time.This is the time to look at available data such as individual weaning weights and perhaps records for related females in the herd. Keep that data handy as you look at frame size to help find the right heifers.Another data point to consider is DNA. A preconditioning period lets you make an initial phenotypic evaluation, collect samples on heifer prospects and wait for results while the group remains in the lot. Current DNA tests provide information on maternal, terminal and production traits, along with optional parentage and BVD-PI testing. Combining the DNA results with records and phenotypic evaluation lets you select replacements suited to the environment while advancing the genetic merit of their offspring.last_img read more

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