Evans captures Independence Classic

first_imgRomaine Evans pulled out all the stops at his home course this past weekend for a brilliant win.The JGA Independence Classic held at the Sandals Golf & Country Club was supported by just over 50 golfers. With rounds of 75 and 71 (146), Evans took top honours in this 36-hole qualifying tournament, in keeping with his recent triumph at the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships in the US Virgin Islands.Sean Morris and Gifford Wilmot, national representatives in the Hoerman Cup and Ramon Baez teams, finished second and third respectively in the Men’s 0-6 category with scores of 147 and 149. Delroy Johnson, also from Sandals, tied for third position with Gifford Wilmot.Carl Bruce captured the Men’s 7-11 group with scores of 78, 82 (160). Richard White was second with 170 and Clement Dale finished third with 178.In the 12-17 category, father and son Wayne and Joshua Sutherland were first and second with 173 and 187, respectively.Easton Williams continued his winning form from the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship in Montego Bay, to take the Men Super-Senior title with 74 and 80 (154). Williams pipped local legend Dennis Atkinson by one stroke (155). Fred Sutherland took third position with 160 and Williams’ partner in the CAGC, JGA President Peter Chin, was four strokes behind on 164.Mike Richards (171), Carlysle Hudson (180) and John Marsh (183) took first to third position in the Men Super Senior 13-18 category. Howard McKenzie ended the tournament on 194 to capture the Men Super Senior 19+ group.Crystal Gayle topped the Ladies 0-12 section with 89, 83 (172) and in the Ladies 13+ grouping, Yadires Fonseca and Dianne Hudson had identical scores of 192. Hudson emerged the winner after a play-off. Sally Roper was third with 196.last_img read more

National Dairy FARM Program now compliant with International Standards Organization

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Dairy FARM Program is now the first livestock animal care program in the world to be recognized internationally for its industry-leading animal welfare standards. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) affirmed this week that the program complies with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)Animal Welfare Management/General Requirements and Guidance for Organizations in the Food Supply Chain.USDA’s affirmation that the FARM Program is ISO-compliant “validates the hard work of everyone who has contributed to the FARM Program in the past decade — from the veterinarians and academics who helped design the program, to the farmers and dairy cooperatives who implement it,” said Emily Meredith, NMPF’s chief of staff. “The U.S. dairy industry has worked hard to make the FARM Program a best-in-class animal care program, not just in the United States, but now around the world.”ISO’s animal welfare technical specification was designed to evaluate if animal welfare programs meet international standards for animal care. ISO, an independent, international standards-setting body, has worked for several years with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to help farmers and animal welfare programs like FARM determine how to implement species-specific animal welfare standards. The OIE, the World Trade Organization-recognized body for setting animal health and welfare standards affecting international trade, adopted dairy cattle welfare standards in 2015. In the United States, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) offers a voluntary marketing program that ensures independent welfare programs meet the specifications of the ISO standard.“ISO compliance means that dairy customers both here and abroad can safely trust that their products meet the stringent, internationally recognized animal welfare standards set by the OIE,” added Meredith. “What’s more, our dairy farmers can rest assured they only need to comply with one program — FARM — and not a potential myriad of other guidelines. This recognition becomes even more critical as nearly 16% of U.S. milk production is exported to foreign customers.”After a lengthy assessment process, the FARM Program now has a prestigious, independent corroboration that its science-based approach to high-quality animal care sets the standard for the dairy value chain in the United States and around the world. Consumers can trust that the dairy foods they consume came from animals treated under internationally recognized, quality animal care standards.last_img read more