Archive for November 2010

By Kevin Buey The Deming Headlight, N.M.
Publication: LexisNexis
Date: Tuesday, February 2 2010

Feb. 2–Discussion of fences and roads occupied the Border Security Task Force, as it met Friday morning at Mimbres Valley Learning Center.

It was the year’s first BSTF meeting. The group was formed in 2003, at request of U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., to address problems reported by border-area residents, including ranchers and farmers, resulting from passage over private property of illegal immigrants.

Fences and roads have been an on-going discussion.

Roads have been damaged due to increased U.S. Border Patrol traffic resulting from increased numbers of agents at area stations, particularly the Deming Station.

At least two ranchers are to meet with Deming Patrol Agent in Charge Daniel Serrato regarding recent damage to graded roads resulting from USBP traffic even as rain made the roads more difficult to navigate. Since USBP numbers began increasing, even paved roads have worn more quickly due to increased USBP vehicle traffic.

There are a variety of fences along the New Mexico-Mexico border. Some do little to stop infiltration of illegal immigrants and even less to stop movement of livestock from either side of the border the other.

Les Owen, a range resources specialist with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture at New Mexico State University, has worked with a subcommittee examining fences and needed improvements.

There is, he said, using a power point presentation to show the landscape moving West from the state’s Eastern side, need for 16 to 17 miles of fence with three rails, an area of post-only fencing that needs four rails, 8.5 miles of fencing needing three rails and additional height, 2.5 miles where erosion control must be addressed and 18 miles where 16-foot cattle guards with gates are needed.

A good point, he said, is there are 86 miles of vehicle barriers in place on the border. The elephant in the room, though, is 65 miles of barbed-wire fencing being maintained by ranchers.

Fences vary. There are post-and-rail barriers, Normandy barriers (some with rails added), free-standing columns affording easy passage for man or wildlife and barbed-wire fences. Erosion in some areas has left different fence sections without much ground support and space for man and beast to crawl under.

Greg Bloom, state director of Bingaman’s office, said Bingaman is aware of concerns and will continue pushing for financing for fencing when the task force makes a proposal for addressing the problem.

Bloom, who attended Friday’s meeting, for several years was Bingaman’s regional field representative and at BSTF meetings. His slot in Bingaman’s Las Cruces office has been taken by Jake Rollow.

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(December 4, 2008) – As a part of Governor Martin O’Malley’s Maryland: Smart, Green & Growing environmental initiative, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) recently completed a $764,000 environmental project to restore more than six acres of forested wetlands at the Magness Farm in Harford County. The improvements will help improve water quality from highway runoff as well as provide a vital habitat for native wildlife, a high priority of SHA.

“The preservation of our environment must be our legacy to future generations,” said Governor O’Malley. “The planting of more than 1,600 trees and restoration of wetlands will help provide a natural filter to reduce the impact of contaminated water due to highway runoff. This effort also will allow the Magness Farm property to continue to thrive as an active dairy farm while protecting the headwaters of Deer Creek, one of many tributaries vital to the Chesapeake Bay watershed.”

The restoration of six acres of wetlands in the area provides a crucial habitat for amphibians to breed and survive. To protect the new wetlands from grazing cattle near the headwaters of Deer Creek, SHA incorporated cattle guards into the restoration plan. Cattle guards keep cattle away from wetlands and permit them access to different pastures without harming the newly created wetland and forested uplands. The Magness Farm property is located in northern Harford County east of MD 23 (Norrisville Road).

SHA funded more than $315,000 through the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) and $398,840 through Environmental Preservation funding. Harford County contributed $50,000 toward construction costs. The restoration project began in the spring of 2008 and was completed in early-November.

The State contribution to this and similar projects is made possible through the Transportation Enhancement Program, which funds non-traditional, community-based transportation-related projects. The Governor determines which projects qualify for funding based on need and potential benefit to the public. Awards approved so far in 2008 total $11.6 million. The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration oversees the federal program, which has awarded more than $184 million for 226 projects in Maryland since the TEP program began in 1991.

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GERMANY – Good news for Big Dutchman in the run-up to EuroTier 2010, the world’s leading exhibition for animal husbandry being held in Hanover, Germany, from 16 to 19 November 2010.

Gold for SonoCheck which was developed especially for the Big Dutchman electronic sow feeding (ESF) CallMatic Pro.

A pregnant sow enters the ESF station to eat and “as in passing” is tested for pregnancy – all without stress.

QuigTag speeds up and simplifies data entry on a PDA.
After assessing 200 innovations submitted by EuroTier exhibitors, an international expert commission set up by the German Agricultural Society (DLG) has awarded three gold and 18 silver medals on the basis of strict criteria. The only Gold Medal in the important sector of pig management and feeding technology has thereby been awarded to Big Dutchman Pig Equipment GmbH.

The award-winning innovation is SonoCheck, a newly-developed device for automatic pregnancy checking of sows in group housing. Every sow that enters the Big Dutchman electronic sow feeding system (ESF) CallMatic Pro is automatically scanned with an ultrasound scanner. Thus SonoCheck helps to minimise working time as it requires much less effort to examine the sows. Moreover, it markedly reduces the stress for the animals.

A Silver Medal has been awarded to QuigTag: location symbols in the pig house aid the farmer in using the software of so called PDAs palmtop computers and considerably facilitate navigation. “The approach is well thought out,” the expert commission concluded. “Data entry is made easier by meaningful symbols; tiresome and time-consuming navigation from one menu level to the next is no longer necessary.” “Beyond that, the Big Dutchman solution also holds the promise to facilitate the mobile use of other programmes.”

Both award-winning innovations form part of the new all-in-one BigFarmNet technology for pig production control. The completely new technology which Big Dutchman is going to present for the first time ever at EuroTier 2010 links the whole farm, which means that all house applications and controllers can be operated with just one single software. Thanks to a unique operating concept, all important functions and information can be accessed easily and intuitively. Another advantage is that all buildings and the equipment are displayed as 3-D animations in exactly the same manner as they are installed on the farm. All functions can be manually accessed via these 3-images.

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ARGUS Welfare System
This is an absolute world-first that offers an as yet inestimable number of possibilities for welfare-friendly livestock-keeping systems. The in-house detection system, which works similar to a GPS system, enables you to locate the exact position of every single animal in group housing, whether it’s swine, cattle, horses or other animals. Thanks to the individual position recognition feature, the animals are fed as required using the Compident electronic sow feeding system, selected and their group-typical or possibly atypical behaviour assessed. This makes it easier to identify sick or particularly aggressive animals so they can be selected automatically. This system sets a whole new standard in animal welfare control when keeping livestock in groups.

Compident VII
After many successful years of operation, Model VI has now been enhanced. All the tried-and-tested function sequences and details have been included and new product features geared towards user-friendliness and convenient service
One electronic sow feeding station can feed up to 80 sows individually. Thanks to the so-called boar identification function, sows on heat are pinpointed and selected. A new sensor automatically selects any animals in the group that either have a defective ear tag or have lost it. The Pig Manager Mobile, which has been developed to perfection, enables paperless and professional sow management in the unit.

SENSO / TABLA:
The proven, modern and high-performance models in the VISTA feeding computer series have been developed even further, now offering incredible user-friendliness through straightforward and intuitive operation

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