…ranch owner flees from policeA cattle farmer who owns a ranch in the backlands of Bloomfield Village, Corentyne, Region 6 fled with his employees on Sunday last (November 19) upon seeing a party of Police approaching; but one of his workers, a 27-year-old labourer of Tain Settlement, Corentyne, has been apprehended by the Police and is currently in custody assisting with investigations.The police say they had gone to the Bloomfield ranch after cattle farmer Nandkishore Tagram of Number 62 Village, Corentyne, Berbice had gone to the Number 62 Police Outpost on Friday last (November 17) and lodged a report that forty (40) head of his cattle, including calves branded with his registered brand — DON14 – had gone missing after they were left to graze outside of his ranch at Number 62 Village Backlands.Acting on information received, Police then proceeded to the Bloomfield ranch in the company of Tagram, but the ranch’s owner prevented the police party from gaining entry to the ranch to check if the animals were there.As such, on the following day, a larger party of police ranks returned to the Bloomfield ranch, owned by a resident of the neighbouring village of Letter Kenny, Corentyne; and on seeing the officers, the owner and some workers fled.According to the police in a statement, “twenty-three (23) of the missing cows, including three (3) calves, eighteen (18) of which bore the victim’s brand number, were recovered at the ranch.”The owner of the Bloomfield ranch is currently being sought by the police.
Hiking through South Africa’s uniquelybeautiful fynbos. The Eden to AddoMega-Hike straddles five distinct biomes:Afromontane Forest, Mountain Fynbos,Succulent Karoo, Savanna Grassland andAlbany Thicket. Enjoying the view.(Images: Galeo Saintz, Eden to Addo) Gareth Patterson’s new book, the result ofseven years of research, mainatins thatthere are still nine wild elephants livingin the dense Knysna forest.MEDIA CONTACTS• Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative+27 44 356 2825+27 82 888 email@example.com@edentoaddo.co.zaRELATED ARTICLES• Slackpacking in the Cedarberg• The adventure starts here • Unforgettable SA hiking trails• Biggest nature park in the world • Holidays that save the world Jennifer SternWalking is much more than a way to get from A to B. It’s a meditation and a pilgrimage.The late Boudewijn Wegerif, a Swede who walked from Stockholm to Cape Town in 1999 to protest world debt, called walking “brain aerobics.” He maintained that the regular movement of your left leg and right arm followed by right leg and left arm – continued for a couple of hours – increased the connections between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. He would have known. Stockholm to Cape Town is a long trek.Of course, in this day and age, walking is probably the least efficient way to get from one place to another – unless they’re really close. So there has to be another reason for anyone deciding to walk the 400-odd kilometres between Kranshoek in the Knysna forest to Addo near Port Elizabeth. And there is. The Eden to Addo Mega-Hike is a pilgrimage – a pilgrimage to biodiversity.The hike is offered once a year, usually in September, as a “slackpacking” trail. What this means is that trailists carry only the essentials in a day pack, and all their gear is taken from camp to camp by a back-up vehicle. Added luxuries are the fact that your tents are erected for you, and meals provided. So like any good pilgrim, you can concentrate on the mission at hand.Natural migrationThe mission is to understand the need for, and importance of, conservation corridors in general, and this one in particular. In the past, conservation areas were established for a variety of reasons, mostly good. But often they were too small to allow for natural migration, so the pressure on the reserve’s resources would become excessive, and necessitate some rather creative management strategies.This has been recognised by conservation authorities in the last couple of decades so reserves in the southern Africa region – and indeed all over the world – are being consolidated.Successful local examples include the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, made up of the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Gonarezhou National Park, Manjinji Pan Sanctuary and Malipati Safari Area in Zimbabwe, and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique; and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana.The hike traverses a unique corridor stretching from the tangled, green coastal afromontane forest biome of Knysna to the game-rich Albany thicket of Addo, passing through a range of farms and reserves belonging to about 60 different landowners.While all the stakeholders are in favour of the idea of a conservation corridor, it’s not that easy to implement. Which is why the mega-hike was established. As well as being a great way to spend about three weeks, it is also a fund-raising project, and offers participants the opportunity to interact with a variety of conservation specialists who share their knowledge on the trail. It really is about the conservation, not the walking. All profits go directly to the Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative, a non-profit Section 21 company.Going postalGaleo Saintz, who leads the hike, pioneered the route in 2005 with the specific purpose of finding out whether there was a hikeable route between Knysna and Addo.He set off alone and posted light, dehydrated food, spare camping gas cylinders and fresh socks to himself at post offices in towns he’d never heard of. He was joined on sections of the walk by friends – and even one complete stranger, who really liked what he was doing so decided to keep him company.The upshot was that he managed to track down his supplies in the tiny rural post offices, and found it was possible – if rather strenuous – to hike the route. The next year, 2006, the escorted Eden to Addo Mega-Hike was launched with 24 participants.“The long-term strategy,” Saintz says, “is to make it a self-guided trail, but it’s wild country and, with so many landowners, it will take a lot of planning.”The hike straddles five distinct biomes and links three major conservation areas. The existing parks and reserves are the Knysna Protected Area, the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve and the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. These together protect patches of afromontane forest, mountain fynbos, succulent Karoo, savanna grassland and Albany thicket. All these biomes are transition zones that overlap – and even shift from year to year with varying rainfall.The trail takes participants from one biome to another, linking seven mountain ranges and peaks over the 21 days. Daily walking distances average about 23 kilometres, with the shortest day being 12 kilometres and the longest about 35 kilometres, so this is not an easy hike. The terrain is mountainous and there is little flat walking, and where there is, it is far.The views are stupendous, the air is invigorating and the constant change in scenery and vegetation offers an intellectual challenge equal to the physical one.Some not-so pretty aspects of the hike include climbing over fences, fighting through thick stands of invasive alien trees, and coming across gin traps and other indications that the proclamation of this corridor really is a priority. Fireside debates are long, interesting and – while not acrimonious – can get quite robust.Mysterious elephants of KnysnaIt is surmised – with some good evidence – that the trail loosely follows old elephant migration paths. This raises an interesting issue, and some remarkable new research.The elephants of the dense Knysna forest, the only really wild elephants left in South Africa as there are no fences keeping them in a designated park – and certainly the most mysterious, elusive and endangered – were thought to be on the brink of extinction.Conservationists tried translocating a couple of elephants from the Kruger National Park to Knysna a few years ago, but those poor Lowveld animals took one look at the tangled forests and rushed to hide out in the much safer-looking surrounding farmlands. The plan was abandoned.So many believed there was no hope for the elusive elephants, with some conservationists claiming there was only a single elephant left in Knysna. But that was until well-known conservationist and author Gareth Patterson published The Secret Elephants in 2009, the result of an eight-year hunt through the forest.Based on observations such as spoor, branches recently snapped by trunks, dung and temporary tunnels created by the animals’ passage through the thick vegetation, Patterson’s book – and an hour-long documentary aired on Animal Planet – concludes that there are at least nine elephants still living in Knysna. DNA analysis of the dung has identified five females, all related to each other.Patterson says the elephants have adapted to human intrusion and hauled themselves back from the edge of extinction all by themselves, with no help from us. It’s an optimistic and romantic idea, but that’s what a pilgrimage is all about – faith. And hope. It’s about putting one foot in front of the other, day after day, for a cause, for a dream, and for a better future.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCArgentina corn is cheaper than U.S. corn because the South American corn crop conditions are above normal. Because it’s difficult to store grain in the southern hemisphere, it’s priced to move. Wheat pulled back as well and some see wheat working into feed rations at the displacement of corn.Winter doesn’t seem to want to end in the U.S. Currently in Minneapolis there is 3 feet of snow on the ground and it’s not expected to be above 30 degrees for another 10 days from here to Des Moines. Usually the snow is starting to melt in Minnesota by the end of March. The prolonged winter and likely flooding in northern parts of the Corn Belt is concerning some.There are farmers who are also worried about the limited time they had for fall field work and fertilizer application. While it’s still unknown if planting will be significantly delayed, it is highly unlikely at this point to start early.Farmers aren’t selling corn at current levels. Even with basis increases across the U.S., end users are struggling to get enough corn.After visiting with farmers in the eastern Corn Belt last week, most say they will be keeping rotations the same. Only a few said they plan to plant more corn than the usual rotation and very few are planting more beans. Still, we’ll have to wait for the March 29 USDA report for an estimate on the acres switching to corn, and then the June report for a more accurate account of what actually gets planted.Like many farmers, I still have more 2018 corn to sell. With this relentless sideways market at low prices, and recent success generating added premium with straddle trades, I placed two more straddles this week. Following details why I made the trades and all of the possible outcomes. Trade 1 — Straddle tradeOn 2/22/19 when May corn was around $3.85, I sold an April $3.80 straddle (selling both a put and call) and collected just over 12 cents total on 20% of my 2018 production.What does this mean?If May corn is $3.80 on 3/22/19, I keep all of the 12 centsFor every penny corn is below $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.68.For every penny higher than $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.92.At $3.92 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.80 against May futures, but I still get to keep the 12 cents, so it’s like selling $3.92At $3.68 or lower I have to take a loss on this trade penny for penny below $3.68. Trade 2 – Straddle tradeOn 2/22/19 when May corn was around $3.85, I sold a May $3.80 straddle (selling both a put and call) and collected just over 19 cents total on 10% of my 2018 productionWhat does this mean?If May corn is $3.80 on 4/26/19, I keep all of the 19 centsFor every penny corn is below $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.61.For every penny higher than $3.80 I get less premium penny for penny until $3.99.At $3.99 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $3.80 against May futures, but I still get to keep the 19 cents, so it’s like selling $3.99At $3.61 or lower I have to take a loss on this trade penny for penny below $3.68. My trade thoughts and rationale when placing both straddles On 2/22/19These trades are most profitable in a sideways market, which I think is the most likely scenario right now. If prices don’t rally, I can use this premium to help push a final sale to profitable levels. If the market rallies, I’m happy selling 30% of my production above $3.90.In the past 7 out of the last 11 years corn didn’t trade lower in late March or April versus February, so I think a big price drop is unlikely. Plus, carryout is the tightest since recent drought years. The 4 years where the market was lower were the springs times that followed the ’16, ’14, ’12 and ’09 harvests. All but 2012 were in years where the carryout was increasing from the year before it.In the end, if the market stays sideways, I collect more money than doing nothing or even making a sale today. Thoughts 1 week later On 3/1/19The 15-cent market drop was surprising this week. Corn is now trading at the bottom of the last 3 month’s trading range. Some expect U.S. exports to shrink from the anticipated large South American corn harvest, which would put downward pressure on prices. But will the U.S. farmer plant enough corn this spring? Will farmers sell at these depressed prices before they have even put a seed in the ground? I still have 3 more weeks before the first trade expires. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. 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Follow these tips for low budget filmmaking! Proof that amazing production value can still be achieved on a shoestring budget!In the current age of low-cost production equipment and instant online distribution, there’s more independent filmmakers than ever before. Recently, two great posts were written on the subject of low-budget independent filmmaking – both putting forth their own 10 top tip list for shooting low-budget movies. Although these tips are geared for the independent filmmaker, it’s imperative reading for any video professional.Microbudget Filmmaking With A Crew of 2Canadian Director Ken Simpson creates incredible low-budget independent films. His latest, The Rise and Fall of Mickey, was shot over 9 days with a budget of $1,200 CDN. After viewing the film (see embed below) you’ll likely be impressed that such high quality work was achieved for such a small price – but that’s not the most incredible thing. The crew for the independent film consisted of 2, only Simpson (the director) and Alex Dacev (the cinematographer). Whoa.ChrisJonesBlog.com recently sat down with Simpson to get insight into how he pulled it off. A few takeaways include:Keeping your crew lean to stay agileCreate a detailed shot list to maximize efficiency.Keep a minimal (and mobile!) equipment setup.Cheat shots to save shooting times (awesome details on his use of French reverses)ADR and Foley for clean sound and efficient shootingGet all the details on Ken’s tips for micro-budget shooting success.SXSW: Tips for Shooting Low-Budget FilmsAt the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, a panel of successful cinematographers sat down to discuss their tips and challenges of shooting low-budget independent film. Filmmaker Magazine compiled their top ten list of ways to improve the technical side of the independent filmmaking process. It’s largely applicable to still photographers as well. Discover how to use your gear to get the highest production value possible. A few of the main points:Use your camera and lenses to create the mood and character of your film.Ambient lighting is key for locations – especially if you’re without a big lighting budgetConsiderations for shooting flat vs. coloring in-cameraKeep focused on focusKeep your lighting setup simpleEmbrace what you can’t changeDiscover the top ten shooting tips for low-budget movies from SXSW.