International cricket on PNG TV!

first_imgIn Papua New Guinea, Cricket Australia has entered into agreements with both free-to-air operators for the next two years: NBC PNG for the Australian men’s and women’s internationals, and EMTV for the KFC Big Bash League.“This is wonderful news for the cricketing loving public of Papua New Guinea, who will now have the opportunity to watch some of the best international cricket on free-to-air TV,” said Cricket PNG Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Greg Campbell.  NBC PNG will be the exclusive free-to-air broadcast partner for both the Australian men’s and women’s internationals played in Australia, with simulcast wherever possible on NBC Radio. This includes the 2017-18 Ashes series.EMTV has secured exclusive free-to-air rights for the KFC Big Bash League.“This is another way to promote this wonderful game to the wider community here in PNG. We know that a majority of the current HEBOU PNG Barramundis and the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas grew up watching Test Cricket and One Day Internationals on their TV in cities and villages across the country,” concluded Campbell. These agreements are the latest to be negotiated by Cricket Australia.Over the past 18 months, CA has successfully concluded rights deals in the UK (BT Group plc), South Africa (SuperSport), Africa (Econet Media, excluding Northern Africa and South Africa), the Caribbean (IMC and CWI), the US (Willow and NBC Sports Network), Canada (Asian Television Network) and New Zealand (Sky Network Television Ltd).last_img read more

Aguero kept waiting as Man City maintain lead

first_imgThere were three goals in a frantic five-minute spell at The Hawthorns on Saturday.Leroy Sane produced a stunning strike to give City a 10th-minute lead only for West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez to equalise soon afterwards.But come the 15th minute, City were 2-1 up after Fernandinho let fly with a speculative shot that deflected off Gareth Barry and went in off the post.City substitute Raheem Sterling gave the visitors a two-goal lead with a close-range finish in the 64th minute only for the Baggies’ to pull a goal back late on through Matt Phillips after a defensive blunder.Second-placed Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur started the day level on points but Jose Mourinho’s men edged ahead after substitute Anthony Martial’s goal nine minutes from time gave them a 1-0 win over a Spurs side missing injured England striker Harry Kane.– ‘Last ball of their careers’ –Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha gestures at the final whistle after scoring against West Ham, turning a loss into a draw, in south London on October 28, 2017 © AFP / Ian KINGTON“Today, every ball looked like the last ball of their careers,” said United manager Mourinho, who slammed his players’ attitude following a shock 2-1 loss to Huddersfield last week.This was Spurs’ second defeat of the week after their League Cup loss to London rivals West Ham.“It was unlucky that in the last 10 minutes we conceded our goal,” said Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.“It was our mistake,” he added after his defence failed to deal with a long clearance from United goalkeeper David De Gea that Romelu Lukaku headed on to Martial.Tottenham’s north London rivals Arsenal had to come from behind to see off struggling Swansea 2-1.The Gunners fell behind when Sam Clucas put the visitors 1-0 up in the 22nd minute.But Arsene Wenger’s men were back on level terms early in the second half at the Emirates when Sead Kolasinac rifled a shot past former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski from 15 yards out.Kolasinac then turned provider for Aaron Ramsey as the Wales midfielder made it 2-1 in the 58th minute.“Our pace wasn’t sharp enough in the first half, we and we had to up the tempo,” said Wenger after his 800th Premier League game in charge of the Gunners.Liverpool, fresh from an embarrassing 4-1 loss to Tottenham, beat Huddersfield 3-0 despite Mohamed Salah missing a first-half penalty in a match that pitted Reds manager Jurgen Klopp against Terriers boss David Wagner — the best man at his wedding.– ‘Nice day’ for Liverpool –Daniel Sturridge broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half before Roberto Firmino doubled Liverpool’s lead in the 58th minute with a header.Georginio Wijnaldum then added a third late on.“The first half was a little bit stiff, that was clear,” said Klopp. “We were more direct (in the second half) and now it is a nice day!”Wilfried Zaha’s goal in the seventh minute of stoppage time saw basement club Crystal Palace come from 2-0 down to salvage a 2-2 draw with West Ham at Selhurst Park.Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew, with a 25-yard shot that went in off the crossbar, put the Hammers 2-0 up before Palace pulled a goal back through a penalty from Luka Milivojevic.“It feels like a defeat,” said under-pressure Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, but Roy Hodgson reckoned a draw was the least his Palace side deserved from a game “where you only faced two shots and you’ve had 20-odd, and hit the post and had one cleared off the line”.Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher’s 16th-minute goal gave Stoke City a much-needed 1-0 win at Watford.Bournemouth face Chelsea in Saturday’s late kick-off.South coast duo Brighton and Southampton meet on Sunday when Leicester play Everton in former Saints boss Claude Puel’s first game in charge of the Foxes.Burnley welcome Newcastle to Turf Moor on Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City midfielder Raheem Sterling (R) celebrates scoring the team’s third goal with teammate Kyle Walker during a match against West Bromwich Albion in West Bromwich, central England, on October 28, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 28 – Sergio Aguero was left waiting to become Manchester City’s outright all-time leading goal-scorer as his side remained five points clear at the top of the Premier League table on Saturday.Aguero was named on the bench as City saw off West Bromwich Albion 3-2, having failed to surpass the club record of 177 goals he shares with Eric Brook during a midweek League Cup penalty shoot-out win over Championship side Wolves.last_img read more

‘Croatian Messi’ Alen Halilovic turns heads in Luis Enrique’s Barcelona debut

first_img1 The first fixture of the pre-season is always a strange one for FC Barcelona. The majority of the early summer squads tend to be made up of fringe and youth players, and the high concentration of Camp Nou stars participating at the World Cup has only further depleted the list of first team regulars available for duty this week.A golden opportunity was handed to the youngsters participating in Luis Enrique’s debut game in charge of the Barcelona seniors therefore, and while the 1-0 Catalan victory over Recreativo was discreet in many ways, a few players stood out above the rest. None more so than Alen Halilovic, who in 45 minutes showed enough to suggest he’s likely to outgrow Barcelona B sooner rather than later.Though barely 18-years-old, competition was fierce for Alen Halilovic’s signature when he made the decision to leave Dinamo Zagreb earlier this year. With more than 50 first team games under his belt, the playmaker’s reputation was significant enough to suggest he would join one of the bigger sides in Europe, but in opting for the Camp Nou in March, the youngster showed vision beyond his years. There is an endless list of developing talents tempted by big money contracts from major European clubs who ultimately do little more than hoover up players en-masse only to disregard them at a later date, but Halilovic’s move to Barcelona looks much more calculated. Not only do the Catalans have an excellent record of developing youngsters into the finished article, capable of either playing for their first team or at the top level elsewhere, but their deal for the Croatian also included the requirement that he should play first with Barcelona B, before being promoted to the seniors at the club’s discretion.Whoever advises Halilovic is advising him well, a refreshing turn of events in this day and age. By starting with Barcelona B, the Croatian can acclimatise to both the demands of Spanish football and the demands of Barcelona’s system, with the latter being a sticking point even for experienced senior players at a much more advanced stage in their career than the 18-year-old. If and when he outgrows the Liga Adelante, he will be promoted to the Barcelona senior squad, armed with the understanding necessary to give establishing himself in the first team a genuine shot. Halilovic’s showing in Huelva suggests that opportunity will arrive, provided he applies himself.From the start the playmaker was bright. Confident and willing to take players on, he frequently attempted dribbles and rarely lost the ball, happy to receive under pressure then either beat his marker or pick out a team mate with a well-weighted pass. His movement off the ball, equally, was excellent, showing an understanding of both where his companions were placed and where he needed to move accordingly, something that must largely have come from natural intuition given the Croatian has spent little time training as a Barcelona player. The youngster even managed to provide a rare goal threat in a first half featuring sparse opportunities in that regard.He may only have lasted 45 minutes, but it was enough for both Catalan radio and social media to light up in appreciation of the new signing. More than one commentator even compared his dribbling to a young Lionel Messi, and while that’s symptomatic of our desire to relate footballers to others of a much greater stature without genuine justification (Halilovic has previously been labelled ‘the Croatian Messi’ despite the obvious disparity in level), it is true that the Croatian’s talent for both shielding and manipulating the ball at pace is a rarity even at Barcelona.It’s early days, and time will tell if Halilovic really has what it takes to make the leap up and become a Barcelona regular. Great dribbling in a pre-season game is one thing, but learning the patience required to play in an attacking position for the Blaugrana – where it’s often about choosing not to do something and waiting for the perfect opportunity rather than forcing the issue – is another. Encouragingly, the playmaker has already shown signs which indicate he has the capacity to learn what is necessary to adapt to the Camp Nou, and if he can make the most of a privileged education with the B team, both the player and his new club could benefit immeasurably in the near future. Luis Enrique was impressed by Alen Halilovic in his Barcelona debut, but keen to avoid unrealistic expectations of the youngster last_img read more

Antelope Valley Weekend

first_imgDesert Opera Theater will present “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” through Sunday at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $20, or $16 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Smokey Robinson will perform, 8 p.m. Friday at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $80, $75, $70. Call (661) 723-5950. Dance company Ailey II will perform, 7 p.m. Sunday at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $28. Call (661) 723-5950. Palmdale Youth and Community Orchestras will perform, 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $10, or $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Ball in the House will perform a cappella pop and r&b, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $20, $15 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale will perform with winners of the Gail Newby Concerto Competition, the Antelope Valley Ballet and the Antelope Valley College Civic Orchestra, 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $18, seniors $16, children $9. Call (661) 723-5950. Travelogue on New Zealand, 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 267-5684. Tony Molina and Friends perform salsa music and Latin ballads, 8-11:30 p.m. Thursdays at Harry’s Place at the Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Salsa DJ Wayne Molina performs, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Call (661) 948-4651. Ranger-led nature hikes, 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sundays at Lancaster Elks Lodge, 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Call (661) 949-9467 or 723-4891. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring a small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. ClubThe €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 43 were Mae Timoney, Doonan and Edwin Kirk, c/o Michael Kelly. The numbers drawn were 4, 6, 8 & 19 with the jackpot now standing at €1,700.Test your forecasting skills now by entering the Sports Prediction Quiz launched by the Club recently sponsored by All Sports. Forecast the winners of 20 sporting events this summer to be in with a chance to win the 1st Prize of €200.00 Cash & All Sports Donegal Jersey or the 2nd Prize of a €100 All Sports Shopping Voucher. Entry sheets at only €5.00 can be downloaded from or purchased from Sean Dunnion/Kieran Espey, All Sports, Dom’s Pier 1, Mc Cafferty’s Tir Conaill Bar, The Bank and O’ Donnell’s Bar. Congratulations to Under 14 footballer Gerard Byrne who will represent his school, Scoil an Linbh Iosa, Killymard, in Croke Park on All-Ireland Final day next September.The primary schools’ Gaelic games organisation, Cumann na mBunscol, runs a seven-a side competition each year to select players to represent their counties at the All-Ireland semi-finals and finals in football and hurling. Gerard, the son of Gerry and Christine from Altidoo, was one of four boys from the South Division to qualify from a divisional trial for a final trial at county level.Another club player, Joe Sheerin from St. Francis National School, Barnesmore, also went through to the final trial. Gerard was selected top player from a group of twenty at the final trial in Letterkenny last week. He will represent County Donegal in an 7-a-side game at half time of the All-Ireland Football Final. Let’s hope that Gerard Byrne will not be our only club player performing at Croker that day!  GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 8th, 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:Four Masters GAA club noteslast_img read more


first_imgUDPATED: Further storm-force gales across Co Donegal this morning are causing major problems on the roads with Gardai warning motorists to slow down.Winds gusts of up to 120kph continued to lash the county last night with trees felled in several areas again including in Ramelton, St Johnston, Convoy and Donegal Town.Many roads are flooded around the county with Gardai issuing warnings about several areas including around Killybegs, Ardara, Glenties, Pettigo, Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Letterkenny, Inishowen, the Twin Towns and Gaoth Dobhair. Torrential rain has left many roads treacherous. There are huge pools of water at Drumoghill on the N14 between Lifford and Letterkenny, and a tree is blocking the road just outside St Johnston.One hotel guest at Solas Lough Eske Castle in Donegal Town escaped uninjured when a tree came crashing down on his BMW car in the hotel carpark.Met Eireann recorded a gust of more than 100km/hr at Malin Head last night; with a gust of 89.3km/hr at Finner Camp.The winds will ease later this afternoon, Thursday. It will be milder and less windy over the weekend with some forecasts saying we might actually get some dry weather – so we can all get outdoors and breathe again! “For Thursday the winds will be light to moderate and westerly. During Friday they might pick up a little during the day, but will ease again later on and will be mostly moderate and will continue westerly,” said a Met Eireann spokeswoman.“This is normal weather for this time of the year. We just got used to the snow for a couple of years and forgotten that this is normally what we get.”Readers can continue to send messages to or post comments below.© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comFLOOD ALERTS AS COUNTY LASHED BY RAIN AND NEW GALES was last modified: January 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:donegal flood alertsdonegal weatherlast_img read more

In Pictures: 350 climbers brave Errigal for Autism

first_imgAn incredible €4,000 was raised yesterday after 350 adventurous volunteers climbed Errigal for autism.Despite very windy and wet conditions, the intrepid climbers braved Donegal’s highest mountain to raise money for the award-winning Liquid Therapy foundation in Bundoran.Karen Kirwin, Alex Woodward, June Doherty, Lavinia Woodward, Pat Carlin Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Supporters travelled from as far away as Galway and Dublin. Social media star of the Wild Atlantic Way, Iggy, and her owner James O’Donnell, made a special appearance to show their support before Iggy undergoes hip surgery later this week. Iggy. Photo credit: Clare McCahill.The youngest participant was 10 week old Oisin, representing Liquid Therapy.Aoife and 10 week old baby Oisin. Photo credit: Clare McCahill.The event was organised by Karen Kirwin, June Doherty, Lavinia and Alex Woodward, Pat Carlin and Clare McCahill to support the work of Liquid Therapy with autism families in Donegal. Liquid Therapy is an award-winning foundation based in Bundoran.They provide a supported environment that provides a range of programmes for young people (4-16) who either struggle to, or cannot participate in, mainstream opportunities. They predominantly operate from Rossnowlagh and Tullan Strand, in south County Donegal.Karen Kirwin with the team from Liquid Therapy. Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Awards for Liquid Therapy include the Arthur Guinness Award (2014), Shore Shots Film Festival Award (2016), CARA Inclusion Award (2018) and the Donegal Volunteer Centre Award (2018). Errigal Climb for Autism organiser Karen Kirwin said: “What another amazing day. Thank you to everyone who came from Derry (including a double-decker bus from Little Orchids), Tyrone, Mayo, Galway, Dublin, Louth and 8th Tyrone Dromore Scout Group too, and all our loyal locals. On behalf of myself June, Lavinia, Clare, Alex, and Pat, from the bottom of our hearts. We raised an amazing €4,000 for Liquid Therapy today. So many kids will benefit thank you all again. See you next year folks.”See more photos from the day below:Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Bernie Rogers. Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Iggy and Georgina Montgomery Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Karen Kirwin and Shadow. Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Errigal Climb for Autism 2019Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Robert Elliot. Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Pat Carlin Rescue Medic. Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Photo credit: Clare McCahill.8th Tyrone Dromore Scout Group Photo credit: Clare McCahill.Photo credit: Clare McCahill.In Pictures: 350 climbers brave Errigal for Autism was last modified: May 27th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:errigal climb for autismliquid therapylast_img read more

Donegal pensioner receives WWII medal 70 years after conflict

first_imgA Donegal pensioner has received a World War II medal 70 years following his service in the Local Defence Force (LDF). James Callan, from Convoy, was recognised for his service during a special ceremony at Finner Camp in Ballyshannon.Callan, 93, served in the LDF, which existed between 1939 to 1945, for the then Letterkenny Battalion. Photo: Neil LedwithFollowing the war, Mr Callan served in the disbanded Local Defence Force, which was set-up by Gardai during “The Emergency” across Ireland.“The Emergency” has been used metonymically in historical and cultural commentary to refer to the state during the war.It is understood that the discovery was made following enquiries to the Military Archives of Ireland in Dublin.Photo: Neil LedwithAll members of the Local Defence Force were honoured for the dedication during WWII, all except one – Mr Callan. However, that was rectified last week when James inspected a guard of honour at the ceremony last week.Donegal pensioner receives WWII medal 70 years after conflict was last modified: September 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

South African animation awarded at prestigious festival

first_imgStick Man is the story of a happy-go-lucky father’s epic journey to make it home in time for Christmas. (Image: Triggerfish)A South African animation company has won a top prize for a TV production at a premier animation festival.Stick Man won a Le Cristal d’Annecy award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France. The short animation is a collaboration between South African animation studio Triggerfish’s and UK-based Magic Light PicturesThis is not the company’s first award. It recently received accolades at the BANFF World Media Festival, the Shanghai International Film and TV Festival, and two British Animation Awards.Previous Le Cristalwinners include the films Room on the Broom, The Amazing World of Gumball, Shaun the Sheep and Peppa Pig.Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest was delighted with the recognition, saying “this was Africa’s strongest showing at Annecy yet. In addition to Stick Man winning the TV category, our collaborator Clea Mallinson won the Animation du Monde pitching forum for her short film Fairy Wheels.”Other African winners this year included South African Naomi van Niekerk’s stop-motion animation short, ‘n Gewone Blou Maandagoggend. It won the Jean-Luc Xiberras Award for a First Film in the short film category.Adama, a film set in West Africa, won the André-Martin Award for a French-language feature film.Forrest said: “We also had a great response to the four TV series we’re developing from last year’s pan-African Triggerfish Story Lab, so it is an exciting time for African animation.”About Stick ManStick Man is based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved children’s picture book about a happy-go-lucky father’s epic journey to make it home in time for Christmas.The 26-minute film was directed by London-based Jeroen Jaspaert and South African Daniel Snaddon.“I’m so proud of the team who went beyond the call of duty to bring Stick Man to life, thanks to Jeroen for bringing out the best in us,” said Snaddon.Watch the trailer:The film features an all-star voice cast that includes Sherlock’s Martin Freeman, Hugh Bonneville from Downtown Abbey and comedienne Jennifer Saunders.The film was shown on the BBC during Christmas 2015 and was watched by over 10-million viewers.Co-producers, Magic Light Pictures is an Oscar-nominated, BAFTA and International Emmy winning production company.Triggerfish’s next project is another collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, and will be Christmas special for the BBC based on Roald Dahl’s popular Revolting Rhymes books.Nathi Mthethwa, South Africa’s minister of arts and culture, congratulated Triggerfish on Twitter:Congratulations to Triggerfish Animation Cape Town, for winning the overall Cristal for best TV production at the Annecy/MIFA awards.— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) June 20, 2016last_img read more

Early grazing observations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest March 3 was the last day I fed my spring calving cows hay. You may have read in previous articles (2/26/ 2014, 3/7/2012, 3/1/2006) some of the advantages of stockpiling fescue and grazing it during calving season. This includes a thick sod to calve on, no mud, and no hay to feed. I do have to admit that I feed a couple pounds of whole shelled corn right on the ground to give the cows a little more energy, but every year I see a rapid improvement in body condition when they go out on stockpiled fescue. When we moved the cows to the pasture on Saturday (March 4), I noticed that there was more new growth for early March then I have seen in over thirty years, so the quality of the grass is much better. I am seeing a nice mix of new growth fescue, some up to eight inches tall, mixed with some aftermath from last year. In fact, I think some of the green grass growing is some that was green all winter.  I also think it is time to start feeding a high magnesium mineral now as well. Even if you are feeding hay, I am seeing a lot more cows picking at or grazing new growth.In my area, new grass growth seems to be at least two weeks ahead of schedule and it may be time to plan accordingly. I can think of two options when we start grazing. One is to rapidly graze paddocks in a fast rotation, and the other is to “set stock” or give them access to all of the pastures early, then start rotating with the rapid growth that will occur in April.Whenever you generally start grazing, plan on it being a little early this year and do not miss out on the opportunity to do so. If fence needs to be repaired, watergates need to be fixed, or removing the fallen ash tree off the fence, we may not have as much time as we thought, because it is about time to start grazing.last_img read more