President Jacob Zuma flanked by veteranSouth African footballers and World Cupambassadors Mark Fish (left) and LucasRadebe, at the Media Opening Lunch atDavos. On the left is the 2010 Fifa WorldCup mascot, Zakumi.(Image: Michael Wuertenberg, WorldEconomic Forum)MEDIA CONTACTS • Vincent MagwenyaPresidential spokesperson+27 72 715 0024• Wolfgang EichlerFifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 [email protected]• Delia FischerFifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 201 [email protected] ARTICLES• Team SA punts country at Davos• Zuma: SA’s most important year• Jacob Zuma on World Aids Day“The South African warmth and hospitality will be experienced by many, as we ensure that the rainbow nation successfully opens its borders to the world, for an African experience of a lifetime,” President Jacob Zuma told delegates at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.This is the full text of his speech on 27 February at the Media Opening Lunch hosted by South Africa with the theme “World Cup 2010 – Before the Kick-off”.Ladies and gentlemen, good day.We are very pleased to join you at this very important forum.We meet at the World Economic Forum during a crucial phase in the global economy, as evidence by the theme “Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign and Rebuild”.The theme signifies that we have to ponder the future of the global economy, and rethink business models, innovation and risk management.Countries and international institutions find that they have to redesign policies and regulations to prevent future crises. It is important for us to be part of this global renewal exercise.We are also here at Davos during an exciting year for South Africa. We will in a few months host the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the biggest event of its kind to have ever taken place in South Africa and in Africa. The tournament offers an opportunity for the world to see and experience Africa in a different way.It is an opportunity to tackle stereotypes and preconceptions about the continent, and explore new frontiers of interaction and cooperation. It is an important milestone in the regeneration of the continent.2010 is also an important year for us, because we will be marking the 20th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, which kick-started dramatic political changes. The decades of the struggle against apartheid by South Africans, supported by Africa and the world, had yielded results.We have achieved a lot since that dramatic day of the 11th of February 1990. South Africa has performed admirably in the economic, political and social spheres. This includes the political transition to a democratic state, the subsequent strengthening of South Africa’s democratic institutions, as well as economic growth.We have built a resilient economy which has been able to survive the global economic crisis, and which is actually beginning to show signs of recovery.We have not been spared the job losses, but we have put plans in place, working together as business, labour and government to ensure that the recovery becomes faster and inclusive.We are making significant improvements in key areas of domestic policy, such as health, education as well as visible, vigorous and effective crime prevention.The country’s transport, energy, telecommunications and social infrastructure are being upgraded and expanded. This is contributing to economic development in the midst of a global recession, while improving conditions for investment. This investment has been made possible by the judicious management of the country’s finances. It is thanks to this approach that we have been able to respond to the first recession of the democratic era without placing undue strain on our public borrowing requirements.Sound macroeconomic policies, an effective regulatory environment, and sustained political and social stability, continue to make South Africa a candidate for even greater and faster economic growth.These are strengths on which we continue to build, identifying opportunities and confronting challenges. We cannot think of any logistical hurdles that cannot be overcome. South Africa is truly ready for business and for football fans from around the globe.We must note also that the country is one of the key players internationally. It has contributed much to the pursuit of global consensus in forums like the G20, at the United Nations, and most recently at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit.Working together with other emerging economies, South Africa is contributing to building a new international order that offers greater hope and better prospects for the countries of the South. We say boldly that South Africa is ready to welcome the world to Africa, in June-July 2010. We have worked for many years for this exciting tournament.Other than the football games that South Africans will be privileged to be part of, the country’s potential as a destination for business, trade and tourism will be on display during the World Cup tournament.That is why we welcome the opportunity to provide delegates to the WEF 2010 Annual Meeting with a glimpse of what to expect in South Africa in June and July. We hope it will generate much enthusiasm for the World Cup. The beautiful cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Mbombela, Bloemfontein, Kimberley and others await thousands of football fans and tourists.The South African warmth and hospitality will be experienced by many, as we ensure that the rainbow nation successfully opens its borders to the world, for an African experience of a lifetime.We look forward to welcoming you all ahead of the tournament, and also during the event.I thank you.
Energy giant Sasol is the largest funder of academic research in South Africa but still has world class in-house research facilities. (Image: Media Club South Africa)• Claire MargettsTimes Higher [email protected]• Competitiveness Forum tackles education, labour • Research output rises, papers double • University of the People offers online education for all • Biotech research lab in South Africa • One step closer to HIV vaccineInternational businesses grant South African researchers, on average, $64 000 (about R692 000) each a year for academic research. This puts them fourth on the list of funding recipients globally, and makes us the only African country in the top 10, according to the World Academic Summit Innovation Index.The index is compiled by the Times Higher Education, a leading global publication with a specific focus on higher education. It is best known for its annual ranking of universities. Using industry income – funding received by academic staff from business – as an indicator, the only countries better funded than South Africa were South Korea, Singapore and the Netherlands. It is the only African country on the list and lies ahead of India, the only Brics partner in the top 10.Using data from its World University Rankings, the index suggests that businesses are moving funding away from traditional research universities in North America and Europe, where it has historically channelled funding, to researchers in the East and South Africa. Among the best-known innovations to come out of academic research before they are monetised by industry include the internet (research done at the University of California, Los Angeles and George Boole at Queen’s University in Cork), holograms (Imperial College of London), plasma screens (University of Illinois) and fluoride toothpaste (Indiana University).Business-funded university research plays an important role in fuelling the knowledge economy, and the relationship between universities and business has evolved, says Phil Baty, the editor of Times Higher Education. He says that ivory tower discoveries and research are only able to make a social and economic impact if universities partner with industry. “And for some, an ability to attract funding from big business could even be a case of sink or swim in this age of austerity.”Professor Helena Barnard of Gibs, the Gordon Institute of Business in Johannesburg, says this is true especially of a developing economy such as South Africa’s. “Faced with the choice between text books and expensive toys for researchers and finite resources, it is only right that we choose to pay for text books.”However, it is imperative that a relationship between university research departments and business exists, says Barnard. Studies have shown that countries advance economically when a strong relationship exists between them. She stresses that such a relationship benefits an economy, especially a developing one. “Researchers deal with what is called pre-competitive research; that is to say, research in its infancy that may eventually drive a nation forward socially. It is research that may have economic benefits but those are too far down the road for a business to concentrate on.”Symbiotic relationshipBusiness funding of university research encourages essential links between commerce and academia, she adds. Even if business angles research towards topics and ideas important to industry, it is research that will likely create new businesses, products and jobs. “Universities earn reputations from research they conduct and industry gains a set of really smart people studying problems holding back their success. Once a business can see an economic benefit from the research they will take it over and take it in-house.”The professor points to Sasol as an example of this symbiotic relationship. The chemical and energy giant is the largest funder of university research – R250-million ($23-million) over 10 years from 2006 – in the country, but it still retains its own in-house research and development division. Sasol-funded research, through its University Collaboration Initiatives, supplements the salaries of researchers rated by the National Research Foundation, as well as funds Masters and PhD studies in the engineering and science fields.For David Constable, the Sasol chief executive, the money spent is not just an investment in Sasol but an investment in the future of South Africa. “It helps to retain critical research capacity at our universities and to grow the next generation of world-class scientists and engineers. Sasol considers this investment as a proactive step to help our universities create the research and development skills which are essential for the growth and prosperity of both the industry and this country.”Valuable to businessThe obvious caveat to South Africa’s ranking is numbers. Barnard acknowledges that there are fewer researchers in South Africa than in the other countries rounding out the top 10. “The rankings are decided by averaging the funding spend across all working researchers. South African researchers are punching above their weight. The work being done is proving valuable to business so they continue to fund the research.”In 2011, while she was the minister of science and technology, Naledi Pandor told a gathering of Sasol shareholders that the company’s investment in research was helping to build a stronger economy. “To develop these talented young minds, our universities, national facilities and institutes need to have highly skilled and inspirational faculties with well-equipped facilities. This is true in general, but particularly in the research and teaching facilities for science and chemical engineering at South African universities.”Research funding to a large degree is aimed at studies in technology and engineering. In the South African context, and to an extent in other developing economies, medical research is also well funded. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with the national departments of health and science and technology, recently announced a R370-million fund to develop vaccines and other technologies to fight HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria.At the announcement, Professor Kelly Chibale, the founder and director of the University of Cape Town’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre, said: “It gives us an opportunity to develop lifesaving drugs that can have a huge impact in South Africa, the African continent and the world.” The centre will receive R55-million through the initiative.In a knowledge-based economy universities matter as they are the drivers of research and the custodians of information. For this reason the index matters, it shows that research done in South Africa is proving vital. And as Barnard jokes, “as long as we can show that, business will continue to find the fancy machines researchers need”.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2015 World Dairy Expo boasted big numbers as producers and enthusiasts from around the world gathered to celebrate all things dairy. Here are some Ohio highlights from the international event.• The Brown Swiss Reserve Grand Champion: Top Acres Supreme Wizard—ET was exhibited by Wayne Sliker from St. Paris.• Brook Hollow Farm, from West Salem, was honored with a Daily Herdsmanship Awards.• The Lucas FFA Chapter finished second in the Central National FFA Dairy Products Contest.• Tanner Topp, New Bremen, finished sixth in the senior World Dairy Expo Youth and was the top individual in the Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest.• Ohio State University had the top team in the Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. Kaleb Kliner was the third overall individual and Hannah Dye was fourth overall, in addition to Tanner Topp as the first place individual.Here are more numbers from the event. 2015 Total Attendance: 72,427 Registered International Guests: 3,060 from 94 countriesTop Five Countries of Registered International Attendance:• Canada• Mexico• China• Brazil• Germany Participating Companies: 871 Trade Show Booth Award Winners:Large Booth Award — Polaris IndustriesMedium Booth Award — Hubbard Feeds, Inc.Small Booth Award — BioZyme Incorporated Total Number of Dairy Cattle Housed On Grounds: 2,296Breakdown of Cattle Represented:• Ayrshire — 262• Brown Swiss — 348• Guernsey — 198• Holstein Total — 588 (251 Junior and 337 Open)• Jersey — 436• Milking Shorthorn — 221• Red & White — 243 Total Number of Dairy Cattle Exhibitors: 1,718 from 39 states and 6 Canadian provinces Total Number of Sale Lots: 152 Top of the World Jersey Sale:Total Sales: $71,960Lots: 23Average Live Sales: $3,128.70Highest Lot: $7,400 World Ayrshire Event Sale:Total Gross Sales: $52,150Lots: 14Average Overall Sales: $3,725Average Live Sales: $4,437Highest Lot: $9,900 World Premier Brown Swiss Sale:Total Sales: $163,625Lots: 32Average Live Sales: $5,400Highest Lot: $10,100 World Premier Milking Shorthorn Sale:Total Sales: $37,700Lots: 11Average Live Sales: $3,578Highest Lot: $8,100 International Guernsey Classic Sale:Total Sales: $90,950Lots: 25Average Live Sales: $3,638Highest Lot: $6,500 World Classic ‘15 Holstein Sale:Total Sales: $1,304,600Lots: 47Average: $27,757Highest Lot: $117,000 Supreme Champion of World Dairy Expo:Supreme Champion: Lovhill Goldwyn KatryshaExhibited By: MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis. Reserve Supreme Champion: Musqie Iatola Martha—ETExhibited By: Shelby Ostrom, Kaukauna, Wis. Supreme Champion of the Junior Show: Blondin Goldwyn Subliminal—ETSExhibited By: Trevor Tuman and Chandler Bening, Arlington Minn. Reserve Supreme Champion of the Junior Show: Willdina Jade BeeExhibited By: River Valley Farm, Ben, Andy, Blessing, and Grace Sauder, Tremont, Ill. International Ayrshire Show Results:Grand Champion Female: Cedarcut Burdette Clove ColataExhibited By: Erin Curtis—Szalach, Cazenovia, N.Y. Reserve Grand Champion Female: Ski—Pal L G KalinaExhibited By: Glamourview, Walkersville, Md. Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Cedarcut Burdette Clove ColataExhibited By: Erin Curtis—Szalach, Cazenovia, N.Y. Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Bar—Vue BBK GoldyExhibited By: P&A Ayrshires — Tom, Sara, Karter, Cole, & Caleb Kruse, Dyersville, Iowa Premier Breeder: Family Af—Ayr Farm, Caledonia, Ill.Premier Exhibitor: Family Af—Ayr Farm, Caledonia, Ill.Premier Sire: Palmyra Tri—Star Burdette—ET International Brown Swiss Show Results:Grand Champion: Brown Heaven Glenn FantasyExhibited By: Ferme Brown Heaven, Vercheres, Qué Reserve Grand Champion: Top Acres Supreme Wizard—ETExhibited By: Wayne E. Sliker, St. Paris, Ohio Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Cutting Edge T DelilahExhibited By: Kyle Barton, Ancramdale, N.Y. Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Random Luck B Tea RoseExhibited By: Allison L Thompson, Darlington, Wis. Premier Breeder: Random Luck Farm, Darlington, Wis.Premier Exhibitor: Elite Dairy, Copake, N.Y.Premier Sire: Old Mill WDE Supreme—ET International Holstein Show Results:Grand Champion: Lovhill Goldwyn KatryshaExhibited By: MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis. Reserve Grand Champion: Jacobs Goldwyn ValanaExhibited By: Ferme Jacobs, Cap—Sante, Qué Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Blondin Goldwyn Subliminal—ETSExhibited By: Trevor Tuman & Chandler Bening, Arlington, Minn. Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Kingsmill Atwood Allison—ETExhibited By: Jordan & Whitney Ebert, Algoma, Wis. Premier Breeder: Ferme Jacobs, Cap—Sante, QuéPremier Exhibitor: MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis.Premier Sire: Pine—Tree Sid—ET International Guernsey Show Results:Grand Champion: Misty Meadows Levi Suede—ETExhibited By: Beth Anne Clark, New Paris, Pa. Reserve Grand Champion: Millborne Hillpoint S Fiesta—ETExhibited By: Morey Miller, Michael Hellenbrand, Peter Vail, Granby, Conn. Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Knapps Regis Tambourine—ETExhibited By: Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, Iowa Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Dix—Lee Kojack FawnExhibited By: Whitney Lee Yerina, Phillipsburg, Mont. Premier Breeder: Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IowaPremier Exhibitor: Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IowaPremier Sire: Millborne Tiller Fayes Fame—ET International Jersey Show Results:Grand Champion: Musqie Iatola Martha—ETExhibited By: Shelby Ostrom, Kaukauna, Wis. Reserve Grand Champion: Payneside Mac N CheeseExhibited By: Arethusa Farm LLC, Litchfield, Conn. Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Willdina Jade BeeExhibited By: River Valley Farm, Ben, Andy, Blessing, Grace Sauder, Tremont, Ill. Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Underground L—Mamie LolaExhibited By: River Valley Farm, Ben, Andy, Blessing, Grace Sauder, Tremont, Ill. Premier Breeder: Arethusa Farm, Litchfield, Conn.Premier Exhibitor: River Valley Farm, Tremont, Ill.Premier Sire: Tower Vue Prime Tequila—ET International Milking Shorthorn Show Results:Grand Champion: Cates Ruben Tulsa—Time—EXPExhibited By: Peter J Cate, Warren, N.H. Reserve Grand Champion: Innisfail—WO Mega Ladyluck—ETExhibited By: Lazy M Farm LLC — Michael & Herman Maier, Stitzer, Wis. Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Innisfail RO Lady 906—EXPExhibited By: Lindsey Clark of GMC Farm, Cornish Flat, N. H. Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Innisfail RU Lady 304—EXPExhibited By: Nicholas Achen, Warner, S.D. Premier Breeder: Innisfail Herd, John Stuart Rowe, Davis, Calif.Premier Exhibitor: GMC Farm, Greg & Marcia Clark, Cornish Flat, N.H.Premier Sire: Kuszmar Megadeth International Red & White Show Results:Grand Champion: Strans—Jen—D Tequila—Red—ETExhibited By: MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis. Reserve Grand Champion: Ms Stranshome Alltheway—RedExhibited By: Glamourview—Iager & Walton, Walkersville, Md. Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Cleland Absolute Coleen—RedExhibited By: Joseph, Zach, Jerome & Darian Stransky, Owatonna, Minn. Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Ridgedale—T Raichu—RedExhibited By: W. Cyrus Conard, Sharon Springs, N.Y. Premier Breeder: MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis.Premier Exhibitor: MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis.Premier Sire: KHW Kite Advent—Red—ET World Dairy Expo International Futurity:Overall Futurity Champion: Rokey—Benfar R Cutie—Red—ETExhibited By: MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis. Reserve Overall Futurity Champion: Avonlea Koffeetime At Arcadia—ETExhibited By: Avonlea Genetics & Arcadia Farms, Brighton Ont. Ayrshire Futurity Class Winner: Family Af—Ayr Dyno DelaneyExhibited By: Sarah Borchardt, Caledonia, Ill. Brown Swiss Futurity Class Winner: Top Acres Garbo S Wishes—ETExhibited By: Blessing Farms and Garrison Bros., Fort Wayne, Ind. Guernsey Futurity Class Winner: Knapps Fame Tomorrow—ETExhibited By: Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, Ia.Holstein Futurity Class Winner: Hardys Braxton Lola—ETExhibited by: Parker Hardy, Tipton, Mich. Jersey Futurity Class Winner: Avonlea Koffeetime At Arcadia—ETExhibited By: Avonlea Genetics & Arcadia Farms, Brighton, Ont. Milking Shorthorn Futurity Class Winner: Corstar Lovely Lady—EXP—ETExhibited By: Cory Salzl, Litchfield, Minn. Red & White Futurity Class Winner: Rokey—Benfar R Cutie—Red—ETExhibited By: MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis. Special Awards:2015 Dairy Woman of the Year: Rosalie M. Geiger, Reedsville, Wis.2015 Dairyman of the Year: Hank Van Exel, Lodi, Calf.2015 Industry Person of the Year: Jim Dickrell, Monticello, Minn.2015 International Person of the Year: Kevin Lang, Howick, South Africa Klussendorf Memorial Trophy: Lorne Ella, Hornby, Ont.Klussendorf—MacKenzie Award Winner: Timothy Coon, Amenia, N.Y.Merle E. Howard Outstanding Junior Award Winner: Jared Dueppengiesser, Perry, N.Y.A.C “Whitie” Thomson Memorial Award Winner: Jason Johnson, Woodstock, Vt.Robert “Whitey” McKown Master Breeder Award Winner: The Walker Family, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Herdsmanship Awards:Overall Herdsmanship Winner: River Valley Farm, Tremont, Ill. Zone Winners:P1—Zone 1: Hilltop Acres Farm, Clamar, IowaP1—Zone 2: M & M Swiss, Alma Center, Wis.P1—Zone 3: Quality Holsteins, Vaughan, Ont.P2—Zone 1: River Valley Farm, Tremont, Ill.P2—Zone 2: Butlerview, Chebanse, Ill.P2—Zone 3: Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, Vt.P2—Zone 4: M & J Heifer Care, Beaverville, Ill.P2—Zone 5: Fudge’s Dairy, Gamaliel, Ky.P2—Zone 6: Comestar Holsteins, Victoriaville, QuéTent: Allyndale Holsteins, Canaa, Conn. Daily Winners:Tuesday — Rosedale Genetics, Oxford, Wis.Wednesday — Brook Hollow Farm, West Salem, OhioThursday — Ernie Kueffner and Terri Packard, Boonsboro, Md.Friday — Mapleton Valley Farms, Oconomowoc, Wis. and Horseshoe Hill, Watertown, Wis.Saturday — MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis.World Dairy Expo Youth Fitting Contest:1. Lee Morey, Rochester, Alta.2. Austin Nauman, Norwalk, Wis.3. Trevor Tuman, Arlington, Minn.4. Jack Cliffe, Middletown, Del.5. Nathan Arthur, Sumner, Iowa6. Casey Morey, Rochester, Alta.7. Evan Stanley, Norwood, Ont.8. Hannah Nelson, Ellsworth, Wis.9. Brock Liddle, Argyle, N.Y.10. Elizabeth Acle, Guys Mills, Pa. World Dairy Expo Youth Showmanship Contest:Total Participants: 306 Junior:1. Savannah Crack, Richmond, Qué2. Brooke Krueger, De Pere, Wis.3. Ashlyn Sarbacker, Edgerton, Wis.4. Haley Beukema, New Richmond, Wis.5. Kaydence Hodorff, Eden, Wis.6. Molly Olstad, Stoughton, Wis.7. McKenzie Calvert, Cuba City, Wis.8. Ashton Haack, Sheboygan Falls, Wis.9. Jared Abraham, Plymouth, Wis.10. Nicholas Roe, Monticello, Wis. Intermediate:1. Madison Dyment, Burgessville, Ont.2. Joseph Opsal, Blue Mounds, Wis.3. Olivia Brandenburg, Fort Atkinson, Wis.4. Patrick Youse, Ridgley, Md.5. Cory Schmidt, Cosmos, Minn.6. Kylie Nickels, Watertown, Wis.7. Lindsey Sarbacker, Edgerton, Wis.8. Summer Henschel, Chilton, Wis.9. Dawson Nickels, Watertown, Wis.10. Sydney Kleingartner, Gackle, N.D. Senior:1. Alana McKinven, Canton De Hatley, Qué2. Emmanuel Brisson, Canton De Hatley, Qué3. Emma Farlinger, Morrisburg, Ont.4. Christopher Deklein, Mossley, Ont.5. Ava Doner, Courtice, Ont.6. Tanner Topp, New Bremen, Ohio7. Deanna Ringelberg, Troy, Ont.8. Jocelyn Forster, Lyden, Ont.9. Elizabeth Acle, Guys Mills, Pa.10. Derek Van De Walle, St. Mary’s, Ont. Lely National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest:Total Number of Teams: 18 Overall Top 10 Teams: Overall Top 10 Individuals1. University of Minnesota 1. Vincent Migliazzo, University of Minnesota2. UW—Madison 2. Nathan Donnay, University of Minnesota3. Iowa State University 3. Annie Achen, Purdue University4. Cornell University 4. Janelle Remington, UW—Madison5. UW—River Falls 5. Joseph Adams, Iowa State University6. Virginia Tech 6. Eric Houdek, University of Minnesota7. Michigan State University 7. Amanda Mitcheltree, Virginia Tech8. Pennsylvania State University 8. Bethany Dado, UW—Madison9. UW—Platteville 9. Lars Sivesind, Iowa State University10. California Poly State University 10. Gina Fisher, Iowa State University Lely International Post—Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest:Total Number of Teams: 14 Overall Top 10 Teams: Overall Top 10 Individuals1. Ohio State University Ag Tech 1. Tanner Topp, Ohio State University Ag Tech2. Kaskaskia College 2. Britney Hill, State University of New York — Cobleskill3. Michigan State University Ag Tech 3. Kaleb Kliner, Ohio State University Ag Tech4. State University of New York — Cobleskill 4. Hannah Dye, Ohio State University Ag Tech5. Modesto Junior College 5. Nicole Chase, Michigan State University6. Northeast Iowa Community College 6. Emily Irwin, Kaskaskia College7. Alfred State College 7. Sarah Weststeyn, Modesto Junior College8. Morrisville State College 8. Macy Wendling, Kaskaskia College9. Highland Community College 9. Ashten Smithson, Kaskaskia College10. Zamorano University 10. Macy Probst, Kaskaskia College Lely National 4—H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest:Total Number of Teams: 26 Overall Top 10 Teams: Overall Top 10 Individuals:1. Wisconsin 1. Ben Powers, Wisconsin2. Pennsylvania 2. Luke Powers, Wisconsin3. California 3. Daniel Kitchen, Pennsylvania4. New York 4. Jenna Metzler, Pennsylvania5. Michigan 5. Alexandra Gambonini, California6. Florida 6. Colleen Perl, New York7. Illinois 7. Rachel Ekkell, Michigan8. Minnesota 8. T.J. Wingert, Illinois9. Maryland 9. Alyssa Grocott, New York10. Virginia 10. Rachel Waggie, Virginia World Dairy Expo Central National FFA Events:Central National FFA Dairy Cattle Judging Contest:Overall Top 10 Teams:1. Saint Peter (Minn.)2. Janesville Craig (Wis.)3. Westby (Wis.)4. Seymour (Wis.)5. Fort Atkinson (Wis.)6. Rio (Wis.)7. Lakeside Lutheran (Wis.)8. Gillet (Wis.)9. Sauk Prairie (Wis.)10. Marengo (Ill.) Central National FFA Showmanship Contest:Top Five Individuals:1. Katy Wagoner, Watertown (Wis.)2. Ashley Magnuson, Neillsville (Wis.)3. Courtney Moser, Westby (Wis.)4. Dylan McGuwan, Pecatonica (Wis.)5. Kate Vickerman, Milton (Wis.) Central National FFA Dairy Products Contest:Overall Top 10 Teams:1. Black Hawk (Wis.)2. Lucas (Ohio)3. Pleasant Hope (Mo.)4. Royall (Wis.)5. Arcadia (Wis.)6. Riverdale (Wis.)7. Denmark (Wis.)8. Owen Withee (Wis.)9. New Holstein (Wis.)10. Milton (Wis.) Central National FFA World Forage Management Cup:Overall Top 10 Teams:1. Hartford (Wis.)2. Riverdale (Wis.)3. Marengo (Ill.)4. Sauk Prairie (Wis.)5. Laconia (Wis.)6. Jefferson (Wis.)7. Amherst (Wis.)8. New Holstein (Wis.)9. Blair Taylor (Wis.)10. Reedsburg (Wis.) World Forage Analysis Superbowl Winners:Grand Champion Forage Producer: Felling Dairy, Sauk Centre, Minn.Champion First—Time Entrant: Mar Bec Dairy, Mondovi, Wis.Dairy Hay: S & B Dairy, Sigel, Ill.Grass Hay: Angel Rose Dairy, Bainbridge, N.Y.Haylage: Verhasselt Dairy, Kaukauna, Wis.Standard Corn Silage: Olson Farms, Lena, Wis.Brown Midrib Corn Silage: Dwi—Bet Farms, Addison, N.Y.Commercial Hay: Fegler Farms, Arapahoe, Wyo.Baleage: Pounder Brothers Inc., Delavan, Wis.Quality Counts Award for Corn Silage: Mar Bec Dairy, Mondovi, Wis.Quality Counts Award for Hay/Haylage: Berney Ranch Inc., Okanogan, Wash. World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest:Total Number of Entries: 1,210Cheese and Butter Grand Champion: Emmi Roth, Monroe, Wis.Grade A Grand Champion: Westby Cooperative Creamery, Westby, Wis.Ice Cream Grand Champion: Gifford’s Dairy, Skowhegan, Me. World Dairy Expo Champion Dairy Product Contest Auction:Total Sales: $25,779Lots: 29High Seller: Lot #11, 30 lbs. of Flavored Natural Cheese (1st Mill Creek Cheese, Arena, Wis.; 2nd AMPI, Jim Falls, Wis.; 3rd Saputo Specialty Cheese, Richfield, Wis.) and Swiss Cheese (1st Emmi Roth USA, Fitchburg, Wis.; 2nd Chalet/Deppler, Monroe, Wis.; 3rd Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, Wis.) purchased by Darlington Dairy Supply for $2,250.
A newly-wed couple was set on fire in a village in Ahmednagar district earlier this month, following opposition to their inter-caste love marriage.According to the police, 23-year-old Mangesh Ransing, and his wife Rukmini (19), were doused in kerosene and set on fire in Ahmednagar’s Nighoj village by three of Rukmini’s relatives — including her father and two uncles — on May 1 in Nighoj village, 90 km from here.While the girl’s father, Rama Bhartiya, is absconding, her uncles, Surendra Bhartiya and Ghanshyam Saroj have been arrested by the Parner police. An FIR has been lodged against all three.The victims were later taken for treatment at the Sassoon General Hospital in Pune where Rukmini Ransing, who sustained more than 70% burns, succumbed to her injuries on Sunday night.Speaking to The Hindu, Assistant Police Inspector Vijaykumar Botre of Parner police station said that Mangesh and Rukmini were married around six months ago amid strong opposition from the girl’s relatives, who vehemently objected to the inter-caste marriage.On April 30, Rukmini had to come to her paternal home following a minor domestic quarrel with her husband.“When Mangesh arrived to take her back the following day, Rukmini’s relatives refused. A heated altercation ensued after which Mangesh was brutally assaulted by Rukmini’s father and his two uncles. The trio then doused the newlyweds with kerosene and set them on fire,” said API Botre.According to him, neighbours rushed them to a nearby hospital after hearing their screams. They were later taken to Sassoon Hospital for further treatment.A case under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempted murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) had been registered, said API Botre, adding that further investigations were on.This is not the first time Ahmednagar has witnessed caste-related killings.In 2013, three Dalit youths — Sachin Gharu (24), Sandeep Thanvar (25) and Rahul Kandare (20) — were brutally murdered, and their mutilated body parts scattered in a septic tank and a dried-up well Ahmednagar’s Sonai village.