Methods of Identifying Livestock | Livestock

Identifying livestock is an integral part of raising animals whether for a hobby or as part of a large farm operation. Having easy to read identification on animals allows producers to keep better records and aids in management. Many laws in regard to animal identification deal with interstate travel and not travel of livestock within the state. The main species benefiting from identification include:• Poultry and waterfowl species
• Beef cattle
• Dairy cattle
• Swine
• Sheep
• GoatsPoultry and waterfowl are generally identified with a plastic or metal leg or wing band. The band is generally imprinted with an identification number and can be found in metal or plastic. Wing bands are similar though are applied through the cartilage in the wing and have been identified as causing stress for hens in group settings. However wing bands are much easier to read than leg bands. Plastic leg bands are economical and are easily removed. Depending on the style of band, small specialized pliers are used to attach the bands to the poultry.Metal or plastic ear tags are ideal for cattle, sheep, goats, and swine. Plastic ear tags are one of the more economical and commonly used identification methods. The tags are easily read while working animals and can be simply applied with specialized pliers. Many different options are available such as being printed on more than one side or with specialized numbers. Disadvantages include: ripping out and damaging the animal’s ear, and are easily removed if animal is stolen. Ear tags are best used for market animals or smaller livestock operations.Electronic devices include: implants, boluses, leg bands, neck tags, and neck collars. These are the most expensive method of livestock identification. Included species that use these methods are: cattle, sheep, goats, and swine. Electronic devices are especially useful in dairy operations where a scanner is used to record each cow’s milk production and feed intake. Boluses can only be used by ruminants such as cattle. One major disadvantage is the need for a special scanner for each of the various types of microchips that are in production.Ear notching is generally used by swine producers. This identification method is extremely reliable, permanent, and economical. Several numbering methods exist, but all identify the pig by its litter on its right ear, and the individual number on the left ear. The only cost is economical “notchers” which cut a small triangle out of the pigs’ ears. It is best done when the pig is less than three weeks old.Tattooing is a permanent identification method used on cattle, sheep, goats, and swine. Special tattooing pliers are used and must be appropriate for the species. Tattooing is often used for breeding and show animals. Cost is minimal, but does take a person who experienced livestock tattooing, if not applied correctly the tattoo will not be legible as the animal ages.Nose printing is often used for show cattle, sheep, and goats. Often messy, but like a human’s fingerprints’ a nose print is unique to each individual animal.Hot or freeze branding is generally used on beef cattle to identify owners. Many western states have extensive laws on brands. Brands need to be registered and there are strong penalties for attempting to change an animal’s brand. Like tattooing branding is permanent, and requires experience.When choosing an identification method for your livestock or poultry consider what is economical for your operation, and what works best for your livestock or poultry species.

Acapulco Travel Vacations and Destinations | Travel vacation

Acapulco is a major seaport in Mexico and is one of the most popular tourist destinations of this country. As far as being a tourist spot goes, Acapulco has it all. Great beaches, vibrant cultures, exciting cuisines and more. The main highlights of an Acapulco vacation is the area’s nightlife. The city has a reputation of throwing high-energy parties that go on until dawn. Acapulco’s glitzy and glamorous parties have been legendary for decades and have drawn many international as well as local visitors over the years.There are also other activities that can make your Acapulco travel a very memorable one. Here are some of them.Cliff DiversLa Quebrada cliff divers have become one of Acapulco’s most iconic attractions. Traditionally, young men dive off La Quebrada’s perilous cliffs every 1:00 PM. It’s a thrilling thing to watch and involves a lot of skill. Divers need to time their jump properly in order for the incoming waves to cushion their fall. These perfectly executed dives started as a local tradition back in the 1930′s where young men casually held contests among themselves on who can jump off from the highest points of the cliff. Divers these days jump off a height of 40 meters into an inlet that is seven meters wide and only four meters deep.Beautiful BeachesLuxury vacations to Acapulco are not complete without experiencing its beautiful beaches. This arc-shaped sea port city is a popular destination for couples out on luxury vacations, students out on spring break, and tourists looking for a relaxing time away from the city. One of the major beaches in Acapulco is the Icacos beach where you can go parasailing, yachting, cruising and more. You can even go on a hot air balloon ride if you want. There’s also the Pie de la Cuesta which is also called the “Sunset Beach” because it’s the place to be if you want to enjoy a spectacular view of the Acapulco sunset. There are also beaches like Playa La Angosta which can be easily reached by public buses. It’s near tha La Quebrada cliffs and is also a place where some fishermen sell the freshest catch of the day.Whether you want calmer waters of the bay area or more wave activity near the ocean, Acapulco’s beautiful beaches can make your vacation something beautiful to remember.NightlifePeople who enjoy the nightlife are in for a treat in Acapulco. Take a walk down their main strip of the Las Brisas on Fridays and weekends or on every night during spring break and you can hear music and lights pouring out into the streets from all the bars, night clubs and lounges of the city. There’s the grandiose Palladium, the Classico del Mar, Mangos, and many more. Enjoy good food and music, staff that are friendly to tourists, and beautiful views of the city at night.Other AttractionsIf you’re on an Acapulco vacation with the family, you’ll probably enjoy their water parks, Cici and El Castillo de Los Moyis. Children will love playing in the pool or swimming with the dolphins. Waterparks also have good restaurants where you can enjoy local cuisines.FoodPart of enjoying your Acapulco travel and vacation is experiencing the wonders of Acapulco’s culinary culture. Many of Mexico’s finest chefs can be found working in Acapulco because of the vibrant tourism industry of the city. Some of the local favorites that you can try include ceviche, tortas, tacos, enchilades, chalupas, tamales, and more.Museums and ParksTo get a feel of Acapulco’s local history, you can also visit the city’s History Museum in Fuerta de San Diego (San Diego Fort). The fort was built in 1616 century as a defense against the pirates. It was destroyed and rebuilt several times over the years until it was rebuilt again in 1783. It contains artifacts and other exhibits about the history of this port city from pre-Hispanic period until its independence. There are also many historic tours conducted around Acapulco which includes tours around its parks like the Papagayo Park where you can find a life-size model of a Spanish galleon (trading ship).

Indian Real Estate Market: Bubble or a Bit Trouble? | Real estate

A fear of bubble comes in the mind of everyone who is looking to buy or invest in real estate now a day. But without looking at facts one should not come up with any conclusion that speculates real estate bubble in India.Indian real estate industry is growing with a CAGR of more than 30% on the back of robust economic performance of the country. After a little downturn in 2008-09, it has revived rapidly and shown tremendous growth. The market value of under construction project has increased from $70 bn at end-2006 to $102 bn by end-June 2010, which is equal to 8.2 per cent of India’s nominal GDP for 2009. Besides the Govt. initiatives- liberalization of foreign direct investment norms in real estate in 2005, introduction of the SEZ Act, and allowing private equity funds into real estate, key factors contributed to this tremendous growth were ‘lower price’ which has attracted buyers and investors not only from India but NRIs & Foreign funds have also deployed money in to Indian market. In addition to that, aggressively launching of new projects by builders had further improved this positive sentiment which paved the way for rapid growth in market last year.Now question is whether any Bubble is forming in Indian real estate market? Let’s look at the recent housing bubble in USA, Europe and middle-east. Beside economic factors, key contributing factors in those bubbles were rapid rise in price beyond affordability, home ownership mania, belief that real estate is good investment and feel good factor among which rapid price hike is a key cause of any real estate bubble.Comparing it with Indian scenario, all those factors are working in major cities of India specifically Tier-I cities. Prices has skyrocketed and crossed earlier pick of 2007 in the cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Gurgoan, Chandigarh & Pune. Even in some cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Gurgoan and Noida prices have gone by 25-30% higher than the pick of the market in 2007. However during economic downturn in 2008-09, prices fell by 20-25% in these cities. Other factor is home ownership mania and belief that real estate is good investment. Need based buyers and investors were attracted by lower prices in the end of 2009 and started pouring money in real estate market. Tier-I cities Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Bangaluru, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata has shown maximum investment in real estate projects. Developers have taken the advantage of this improved sentiment and started launching new projects. This has further boosted confidence among those buyers and investors who had missed opportunity to buy or invest earlier which has further increased price unrealistically fast. And at last feel good factor which is also working since last few months. The key factor of any bubble market, whether we are talking about the stock market or the real estate market is known as ‘feel good factor’, where everyone feels good. For the last one year the Indian real estate market has risen dramatically and if you bought any property, you more than likely made money. This positive return for so many investors fueled the market higher as more people saw this and decided to invest in real estate before they ‘missed out’. This feel good factor is at the heart of any bubble and it has happened numerous times in the past including during the stock market crash of 2008, the Japanese real estate bubble of the 1980′s, and even Irish property market in 2000. The feel good factor had completely taken over the property market until recently and this can be a key contributing factor for bubble in Indian property market. Even after flow of negative news on real estate market correction and/or bubble, people are still highly positive on real estate growth in India.Looking at above factors, there is possibility of bubble formation in few cities in India but it can harm buyers and investors only if it bursts. Generally bubble form with artificial internal pressure and can stay for long time if not acted by external force. Similarly, in case of real estate market, bubble can burst if demand and price start falling suddenly and drastically. Few findings of recent research by IKON Marketing Consultants throw more light on this. According to that majority of investors from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Gurgoan, Chandigarh & Pune are now not willing to invest at this level of price as not seen any rise recently. Majority of them are about to exit and book profit on their earlier investment. Other factor is demand supply gap. In city like Mumbai were around 6500 apartment with 45 million square feet space is under construction but majority of developers are worried on lack of 100% booking. Same situation is with Delhi and other major towns of India which has demonstrated higher than expected enthusiasm. Though developers giving positive outlook of market while interviewing them but their confidence level is very low which is giving negative signals of falling demand in nearest future. Third important factor is expected outflow of foreign fund. India, as an attractive investment destination a huge fund has been deployed in Indian property market by foreign institutes and NRIs. But now property market in US, Middle east and Europe has been stabilized and started growing gradually which is attracting foreign funds due to lower prices. A huge fund is expected to withdraw from India as foreign investors see greater opportunities in those countries. All these factors may act as external pressure which may lead to bubble burst.Considering above facts, IKON Marketing Consultants predict that there is a possibilities of real estate bubble in Tier-I cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Gurgoan, Chandigarh & Pune. However, IKON does not see much trouble in overall market as Tier-II and Tier-III cities are growing gradually and are the backbone of Indian real estate industry. According to IKON’s research, Indian real estate industry may see some down turn in 2011. It may start from 1st quarter of 2011 and last up to 3rd quarter of 2012. However it will be not too intense as it was during recession period. It is expected that price may slash by 10-15% during this phase of correction but under certain situation it may last up to end of 2013 with price correction of 30% specifically in Tier-I cities.By its nature, a bubble is a short-term phenomenon while Indian property market has shown continuous growth, apart from periodic adjustments, in the last few years. One should not forget that there are more than 400 million Indians waiting to hit the middle class group which will require more than 75 lacs housing units by 2013. Whether bubble burst or see a bit trouble in short-term, growth story will remain intact for Indian real estate industry. However affordability is the most important factor when it comes to housing prices and middle class housing is much levels of affordability in most of the major cities in India. People, who compare India with developed European cities, forget the huge difference in affordability in both areas. Of course there is a huge demand for housing but they can only buy what they can afford.