Valley Partnership to talk on construction labor

first_imgValley Partnership’s topic for its upcoming monthly breakfast on Friday, Feb. 26 will be on the availability of construction labor in Metro Phoenix.The panel will feature Jerry Barnier, Founder, Suntec Concrete; Jeff Eschliman, vice president of Operations of Maracay Homes; Fred Ingersoll, director of apprenticeship & training at Arizona Builders Alliance; and Brad Nelson, project superintendent — Construction at Hensel Phelps.Moderating the panel will be John DiVall, senior vice president and city manager at Liberty Property Trust.“National reports indicate a lack of qualified construction workers in the Valley,” said Cheryl Lombard, CEO and president of Valley Partnership. “This is profoundly affecting developers and their new projects, as well as residential homebuilders.”Breakfast speakers represent the largest skilled labor force in the state, as well as regional pipelines for training of multiple trades in the industry. Panelists have a deep understanding of local markets across residential and commercial sectors. Discussion will include national perspectives and possible solutions to meet the needs of a rebounding industry.Registration begins at 7 a.m.; program begins at 7:45 a.m. To register, please visit and click on the “Monthly Breakfast” tab. For more information, please contact Cecilia Riviere at 602.266.7844 or [email protected]last_img read more

PD Poll, final results: Who is responsible for reducing the amount of antibiotic residues in meat?

first_imgto jump to the article.advertisementadvertisementSummary: In a poll conducted January through March 2011, Progressive Dairyman asked readers whether the dairy industry, beef industry, veal industry or all three should be responsible for reducing the antibiotic residues. The results signified that this is not a dairy-versus-beef issue; this is an animal agriculture issue. See the results below.[Click here or on the image above right to see the full list of the Top 25 articles of 2011. Click here to see the list from 2010.] ARTICLEProgressive Dairyman readers overwhelmingly agree that all livestock producers are responsible for the safety and integrity of the food supply. This is not a dairy-versus-beef issue; this is an animal agriculture issue.advertisementThere is no room in the cattle industry for farmers and veterinarians who refuse to “play by the rules,” whether it be animal care, antibiotic use or environmental stewardship.All cattle producers (beef, dairy and veal) must take the issue of residue violations in meat and milk seriously. We need to do a better job of keeping records and observing withholding times on cows and calves shipped to market.The rules are changing rapidly and we can expect increased scrutiny of market cattle in the future.What you can do:1. Use antibiotics correctly.Proper administration of antibiotics starts by talking to your veterinarian. Make certain antibiotics are necessary and that the correct product is being used. Always read the label carefully and follow directions closely.A protocol developed with your veterinarian is the best way to be sure you are treating the right animals with the right antibiotics.• Treat the fewest number of animals possible and withhold treated animals or animal products for the recommended length of time. If you are unsure of whether the treated animal has cleared the drug, contact your veterinarian or use a test for residues.advertisement• Remember, providing an antibiotic in a different way than described on the label is an extra-label drug use and is prohibited except under the order of a licensed veterinarian with a valid Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR).• The proper use of antibiotics includes everything from knowing how to read and understand drug labels to proper injection practices. FDA-approved drugs fall into the following major categories:• Veterinary prescription (Rx) drugs must be dispensed by or on the written order of a licensed veterinarian within a valid VCPR.• Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are available without a prescription if the label instructions are followed.• Using drugs in a way that differs from the label is referred to as extra-label drug use. Extra-label drug use is prohibited except on the order of a licensed veterinarian with a valid VCPR. This is important because any use not listed on the label may require a longer withdrawal time.2. Keep good records:A good record system is essential and should include the following components:• Identification of all animals treated individually or by group• Drugs used• Dates treated – if more than once, include the first and last days of treatment• Dosage used• Route and location of administration• Withdrawal time• Name of the person who administered the product.Here are the facts:Roughly 90 percent of tissue residues in beef are from the dairy industry;• 67 percent comes from cull cows; 23 percent veal.• About 8 percent of all beef comes from cull dairy cows. Dairy-type cattle, including dairy steers, represent about 20 percent of U.S. beef produced.Nationally: 93,997 dairy cows screened with the FAST test (suspect cows at slaughter)• 926 (~1 percent) had drug resides.• The most common causes of residues were penicillin and sulfadimethoxine, both available over-the-counter.• Notably, there were many residues for flunixin (Banamine) in dairy cows as well.• There were also many residues for gentamycin and neomycin, underscoring both that the aminoglycosides have essentially permanent residues in cattle and that they should not be used in food animals.Ronald F. Eustice Executive Director,Minnesota Beef Councilback to toplast_img read more

FA meets Wednesday to decide fate of Ghana football

first_imgThe board members of the Ghana Football Association will constitute an emergency meeting on Wednesday to decide the fate of Ghana football after the offices of the FA were ransacked Tuesday by operatives of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), formerly the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).The EOCO says it secured a court warrant, via an ex-parte motion to “search and seize” at the FA offices following the alleged failure or refusal of the GFA to submit documents the EOCO said it needed for an investigation.The security operatives took away nine Central Processing Units (CPUs), files and other documents belonging to the FA.Upon their entry, the operatives allegedly seized mobile phones of staff of the GFA and barred them from exiting the premises. No one was also allowed to enter the offices during the operation to seize the computers and documents.The action typifies growing mistrust and suspicion between the Economic and Organised Crime Unit and the Ghana Football Association.Sources close to the EOCO said before Tuesday’s action, it had requested the FA to submit accounts of the GLO sponsorship deal which became an object of controversy for weeks in the recent past. But the FA maintained that the statutory body had no locus to demand an audit from the FA and proceeded to court.The EOCO will not speak publicly on the seizure of the FA’s CPUs except to say they are investigating the sponsorship amounts given the GFA by corporate institutions for the 2010 World Cup.Speaking to, spokesperson of the Football Association, Randy Abbey said the action will impede the operations of the FA.“They took the CPUs of almost all the offices; so the GFA cannot work; nobody can work. We cannot do the registration for players. In fact no work can go on,” he said.He said the FA has a board meeting on Wednesday and will take a decision on the next line of action. He hinted the FA might not be using the CPUs if and when they are returned by the EOCO.“As we speak now the FA secretariat is not functional. That’s the fact. If it continues for quite some time, it is another matter. As to whether the FA will even be comfortable with working with those machines when they are returned is another matter,” he said.Story by Nathan Gadugah/ read more