Advertisement Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LimerickNewsFlood prevention measures continue across parts of LimerickBy Meghann Scully – March 3, 2020 343 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Previous articleSquad Update: Carbery to Miss Rest of Munster’s SeasonNext articleOdyssey Studios take overall prize in Limerick final of National Enterprise Awards Meghann Scully Email Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSfloodingKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Postweather WhatsApp Facebook Flooding near O’Briensbridge Co Clare. Just below Parteen weir, where the ESB released a large volume of water after recent wet weather.Pic: Press 22Staff of Limerick City and County Council are continuing to monitor flood levels in parts of County Limerick along the Lower River Shannon.Flood defences erected in Castleconnell, Montpelier, Annacotty and Mountshannon Road are continuing to hold as water levels begin to level off.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The ESB are discharging 400 m3/s at Parteen Weir, but may reduce this, if weather conditions and river levels allow.Volunteers from Limerick Civil Defence have used their boat to check on residents whose homes are cut off due to the flood levels.The road in Castleconnell from Charco’s to World’s End and Castleconnell Boat Club remains closed.The Red Path in Corbally remains closed until further notice as does the cycleway/ walkway from Irish Estates, through to the Guinness Bridge, and onwards to UL.Limerick City and County Council will continue to monitor flood levels on the Shannon and their impact, and is asking people to be mindful over the coming days of returning to lands which have already been heavily saturated as they slowly begin to dry out.Limerick City and County Council’s Contact numbers:Customer Service (9am – 5pm) 061 556000Out of Hours contact (non-emergency contact) is 061 417833Other useful numbers:Dial 999/112 for emergency services only if neededESB Networks 1850 372 999Gas Networks Ireland 1850 205 050Limerick City and County Council is continuing to work with the HSE and An Garda Síochána as part of the Local Co-ordination Group.#LK Working Together Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter
More than 1,000 young beef cattle took a special trip to Kansas last fall as a part of the GeorgiaBeef Challenge. Those cattle and their predecessors provided information that helped the Georgia beef industryearn $10 million more in 1994 than in years past. The state’s cattle are still sold at a discount, but the rate has dropped to 4 percent, dramaticallyincreasing Georgia beef farmers’ income. “The ideal would be a combination of heavy muscling with the minimum acceptable marbling fortenderness,” Stewart said. The Challenge continues into the 1995-96 calf season. With the next group of calves to beshipped out this month, Stewart expects producers to consign about a thousand animals to theprogram. Over the past decade, consumers have demanded leaner, tenderer beef at the grocery store. Butfarmers can’t find out how lean their animals are unless they follow them through the feedlot andpacking house. The program is providing benefits all around: the feedlots are getting better-quality calves fromGeorgia, beef lovers are getting better steaks and roasts, and (the benefit that makes it all work)Georgia farmers are getting more money for their cattle. Randolph County beef farmer Bobby Lovett found the Challenge enlightening. “It should be veryevident to people whose calves don’t perform well that they need to make some changes — mostlikely, genetic changes,” he said. After finding out why Georgia farmers receive less money for similar animals, Stewart worked toset up the Challenge with the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, the U.S. Department ofAgriculture Market News, and Hitch Feeders II, a Garden City, Kan., feedlot. Producers usually base the value of their bull selections on how much money they take homefrom the buying point. Stewart said those numbers don’t always tell the whole story. The Challenge does just that. “Because of that reputation, Southeastern farmers’ beef prices were discounted by 7 percent,”Stewart said. Over the years, that discount has cost the Georgia beef industry millions of dollars. Then, after slaughter, each animal’s fat percentage, rib eye area score and other facts are added toits record. “I think it’s making better cattlemen out of all of us,” Lovett said. “The Georgia Beef Challenge is a method for these cattlemen to see where their genetics are atthis point in time,” said Robert Stewart, an animal scientist with the University of GeorgiaExtension Service. Stewart began the program just four years ago to eliminate the reputation Southeastern calves hadfor being inferior to beef produced in other parts of the country. Some cattle are more heavily muscled with very little fat. Others lay extra fat within the muscle– this marbling makes meat tenderer, but higher in fat. Stewart said most industry trends start at the feedlot and packing houses, “and we’re far removedfrom there, so we may miss some of that information.” “It’s the only reasonable way that they can get feedback on what their genetics are producing andcontributing to the industry,” he said. The news is not always good for the farmer. “It’s going to point out his strengths and weaknesses,and we have to emphasize them both,” Stewart said. Consumers want beef that’s lean and tender. Armed with information from the Georgia BeefChallenge, a farmer can adjust his genetic program to aim for that perfect combination. Cattle in the program travel to the Kansas feedlot, where assistants record the daily weight gainof each animal as the cattle mature. The county Extension office has information about producing beef and including beef in ahealthy, well-balanced diet.