Embiid, Simmons lead 76ers from Process to work in progress

first_imgMOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “Embiid! Come on boy, make me some noise!” Ball yelled, as he pulled Embiid in for a bro hug. “Don’t be scared.”Ball placed his hand on Embiid’s shoulder and offered a bit of fatherly advice: “Here’s the smart thing. Don’t worry about nobody on the outside. You just keep playing and doing your thing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseEmbiid nodded and laughed as he walked away from the powwow and headed down the dingy concourse, the Philadelphia 76ers center needing tips from Ball on basketball about as much as Martin Truex Jr. needs racing lessons from an Uber driver. Embiid has been doing his thing just fine as the big baller in the middle for the Sixers and has posted the kind of numbers (23.5 points/11.1 rebounds) that should turn the social media star into an NBA All-Star.Embiid has been healthy, durable and dominant, a clutch reason the Sixers are 13-11 and in the thick of Eastern Conference playoff contention for the first time in five years. “It’s been pretty tough,” Simmons said. “But we can get back to where we were. Still learning. But I think we’ll get back there.”Help could be on the way.Fultz is close to a return from soreness and a scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder that has sidelined him since October. Fultz needs more than strength and conditioning work to get in basketball shape — he needs to rework a mangled shooting motion that was mocked around the NBA. For the Sixers to make a dent in the playoff race, Fultz must follow the path of fellow lottery picks Embiid and Simmons, and not a disposed Process piece such as Okafor, the No. 3 pick of the 2015 draft who fell out of favor and was traded on Wednesday.Fultz can still have fun and trolled Embiid this week with a “Process that ” on Twitter when his Washington Huskies upset Embiid’s Kansas Jayhawks. Simmons and Embiid are tight and attended a Jay-Z concert together last week. It’s the kind of camaraderie that keeps a locker room fun through thick and thin — a process or playoffs — and has coach Brett Brown firm in his belief that this season won’t unravel like so many others on his watch.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Cavs’ Derrick Rose has bone spur in ankle, happy to be backcenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid, front right, of Cameroon, makes his move against Los Angeles Lakers Andrew Bogut, left, of Australia, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — LaVar Ball was holding court outside the Lakers locker room when he spotted two of his sons goofing around with the 7-footer in the white sweatshirt.Ball, the preposterous patriarch of LA basketball’s foolhardy family, had just dissed the President in their ongoing Twitter feud. But in the presence of the player nicknamed “The Process,” even Ball knew it was wise to play nice with Joel Embiid.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel and, perhaps, 2017 No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz proved the path to a title can come with more rocky terrain ahead.But the NBA has put on watch that the 76ers are on a playoff push.“We have a focus on where we’re going,” team president Bryan Colangelo said. “We have a clear definition of what that looks like.”At its peak, it looks like it did against the Lakers:Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma drove the lane and went high with his right hand for a layup. Embiid saw the rookie coming and barely left his feet to use his right hand and swat the ball directly to Simmons. Embiid stared at the fallen Kuzma as Simmons took off on a fastbreak. Simmons dribbled to just inside the 3-point line when he made a left-handed, no-look bounce pass behind him to a charging Richaun Holmes for a thunderous dunk that brought another raucous sellout crowd of 20,495 to its feet.“The Philadelphia 76ers is must-see TV right now,” TNT analyst and Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal said during the broadcast. “I’m looking at the chemistry that Simmons and Embiid is playing with, and it reminds me of a young Penny (Hardaway) and a young Shaq.”Simmons’ attack off the dribble, rebounding, passing like a point guard trapped in a power forward’s body and ability to finish strong at the basket has already forced comparisons to Cleveland’s LeBron James, the four-time NBA MVP who has served as a mentor to the rookie.“I think Ben is his own makeup of speed, power, quickness, ability to pass the ball and being able have a feel for the game,” James said. “You know, Ben is Ben. And I am who I am. And so on and so on. So you guys kind of do that comparison stuff.”Simmons and James go head-to-head on Saturday in Cleveland, with the Sixers looking to avenge a 113-91 home loss last month.The Sixers have lost four of six games and were stunned when Brandon Ingram hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds remaining in the Lakers’ 107-104 win on Thursday. They lead the league in fouls committed per game, are turnover prone (had 18 against LA and the Lakers had 15 steals) and have little depth beyond Simmons and Embiid, and JJ Redick, Robert Covington and Dario Saric. They get beat much too often on the offensive glass. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Oh yeah, and he’s had help.Ben Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2016 draft, has been better than advertised in his rookie season. Simmons had already the third triple-double of his career with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists against the Lakers. Simmons, fourth in the league in assists, joined Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson as the only rookies to have at least three triple-doubles through their first 23 games.More big thrills are surely on the way.The Sixers are still a work in process as The Process becomes something more than a code name for a demoralizing rebuild that stripped the franchise of quality players in exchange for cheap talent and draft picks.Embiid and Simmons proved The Process can pay substantial dividends.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Minnesota student athlete battling rare disease

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations This photo aken Aug. 31, 2017, shows Byron quarterback Mike Coble (3) being greeted by fans while taking the field before a Southeast District game against Triton in Byron, Minn. (Joe Ahlquist/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP)BYRON, Minn. — A student athlete in three sports at a southeastern Minnesota high school is fighting a rare disease that causes his body’s immune system to attack the nervous system.Byron High School senior Mike Coble was been diagnosed this month with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which affects only about 1 in 100,000 people, the Post Bulletin reported.ADVERTISEMENT Risk vs. reward: Porter Jr.’s NBA draft spot anyone’s guess Coble has experienced numbness in his hands, feet and face, as well as a severe rash. He had to be hospitalized at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Mary’s because the symptoms got so severe.Friend and teammate Kaden Koski said Coble was experiencing breathing problems at one point, but he’s now more responsive. Coble can understand what people say, nodding or squeezing their hands in response, Koski said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThere’s no cure for the disease, but most people recover, according to the Mayo Clinic. The recovery period will likely be long, Coble’s friends said.“That’s the hardest part, knowing that it’ll get worse before it gets better,” said Bjorn Knutson, one of Coble’s friends. “With there being no cure, it’s pretty much a time game.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Coble’s friends, teammates and coaches have started a GoFundMe page to raise money to help cover his medical expenses. The group hopes to raise at least $20,000.“We want money to be the last worry,” Knutson said. “The community has really come together, not even just here but throughout the state.”Coble participates in football, basketball and track. He was slated to play football for Minnesota State University in the fall, but those plans have been put on hold.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Magic will host Bulls, Jazz in Mexico City in December

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The Orlando Magic will play a pair of regular-season games in Mexico City in December.The Magic will host the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 13 then play the Utah Jazz on Dec. 15. It is the third straight year that the Arena Ciudad de Mexico has hosted the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kenyan marathon runner Samuel Kalalei suspended for EPO Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Both games are designated as home games for the Magic.This is Orlando’s second visit to Mexico City. The last was in 2012 for a preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Center Nikola Vucevic is the only current player who was on the roster for that game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Bulls are playing their first-ever regular-season game outside of the United States and Canada.The Jazz have played four times in Mexico, but the last visit was in 2003 when Utah beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-85. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Troubled Leopards seeks GOtv Shield solace

first_img“Things have not been going our way but I still believe that we can get things together. We only need that win to boost our confidence and that is what we want to do with the Nairobi Stima match,” stand-in coach Tom Juma told Capital Sport.However, AFC Leopards who won the Shield in 2013 will find a potential banana skin in Nairobi Stima who are flying high in the National Super League, currently placed second on 35 points, same as leaders Vihiga United but with an inferior goal difference.Juma concedes it will not be a walk in the park against the second tier side, but holds solace in the fact that his boys are hungry for a win especially to ease pressure off their backs.“Nairobi Stima is a good team and I have watched them play. We should not take that match for granted and I have told the players as well that we cannot afford to relax. They have players with Premier League experience and it will not be easy,” Juma added.AFC Leopards’ midfielder Whyvonne Isuza vies for the ball with Nzoia Sugar’s Victor Omondi in a Kenyan Premier League match on April 1, 2017 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAFC Leopards progressed to the second round courtesy of a 15-1 hiding they gave Siaya based side Dero FC in the first round, but Juma will not be dwelling much on that, instead choosing to put his concentration on switching off Stima.“For us, we don’t look at the opponent. We are taking a match at a time and giving it the seriousness it deserves. We can’t even talk of winning the title despite the fact it has been almost four years without any. It is a step at a time,” Juma noted.Stima are on a run of 14 unbeaten matches since their 2-0 loss to Ushuru FC on March 26. From the 14 games, they have picked 10 wins and four draws, conceding only two goals in the process.The side led by former Kenyan international Ibrahim Shikanda boasts of an experienced side. Ivan Anguyo, Joseph Shikokoti, Evans Maliachi, Cain Okeyo and Victor Omune, a former AFC Leopards man, are among the ex-KPL faces in the squad.Heading into the Mumias fixture, Ingwe have been dealt a major blow with four first team players missing with injury.Defender Marcus Abwao, a former Nairobi Stima player, Salim Abdallah as well as midfielders Allan Katterega and Whyvonne Isuza have all been out nursing injuries and will not be fit enough to walk into the pitch on Saturday.Juma, who is warming the seat for the imminent arrival of Robert Matano next week, least worried that the absence of the four will lean them off favor for the tie.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards fans wondering what went wrong after seeing their team thrashed 3-0 at home by bitter rivals Gor Mahia in Sunday’s Mashemeji Derby at Nyayo Nayo National Stadium on 7th May, 2017.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 6- They might have taken their GOtv Shield second round home tie against Nairobi Stima to their ‘traditional home ground’ in Mumias for a touch of good luck just to get their mojo back, but AFC Leopards desperately need a win.Ingwe have not won over the last eight Kenyan Premier League matches and find themselves dropping down the pecking order but in the GOtv Shield they have a perfect chance of redeeming themselves.last_img read more

Premier League referee sidelined after breaking rules to watch Ed Sheeran concert

first_imgPremier League referee Mark Clattenburg has been axed for this weekend’s round of fixtures for two breaches of protocol.Clattenburg drove home alone after officiating West Brom’s home game against Crystal Palace so he could get back to Newcastle to watch Ed Sheeran perform at the Metro Radio Arena.That is a breach of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) rules, which state officials must travel to and from the ground together to protect their integrity and security.It has also emerged that Clattenburg broke another rule by speaking to Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock on the phone after the 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns.The PGMOL insists a referee should only be allowed to speak to a manager 30 minutes after the game and that conversation must take place in front of his assistants.After Clattenburg’s two errors came to light, the PGMOL board decided not to select the 39-year-old from County Durham for any top-flight games this weekend.This is not the first time Clattenburg has found himself in trouble.Five years ago he was sacked by the PGMOL following an investigation into his “private business affairs” although the punishment was reduced to an eight-month ban on appeal.In 2005 he and his assistants failed to award Tottenham a goal at Old Trafford when Roy Carroll fumbled Pedro Mendes’ shot over the line.Seven years later Clattenburg was accused of racially abusing Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel during their match against Manchester United.Clattenburg was cleared by the Football Association.Last season he was accused of insulting Adam Lallana during Southampton’s 2-1 defeat to Everton, but again he was cleared.With Clattenburg now dropped, Stuart Attwell has been handed Leicester’s home game against West Brom on Saturday.Attwell is no stranger to controversy himself.In 2008 Attwell, after a discussion with his assistant Nigel Bannister, awarded Reading a goal at Watford even though the ball had clearly gone a yard wide of the net.Saturday’s game at Leicester will be the 32-year-old’s first Premier League match in more than two years. Mark Clattenburg 1last_img read more

Gabriel Jesus ‘not happy’ with Riyad Mahrez penalty against Liverpool

first_img ADVICE 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 With regular penalty-taker Sergio Aguero off the field, Jesus showed his interest when referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot but manager Pep Guardiola sent out a message telling him to defer to Mahrez.“Obviously I’m not happy,” said Jesus. “As Riyad, I’ve been practising (penalties). I would like to have taken it, I was confident, so I was not happy that they did not allow me.“However, it was important that we didn’t lose.” BEST OF REVEALED huge blow England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won MONEY REVEALED RANKED Jesus felt he should’ve taken the penalty Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Mahrez blasted the crucial penalty over the bar Guardiola said that he had been impressed by Mahrez’s penalty-taking in training but later admitted he had been unaware the Ł60million summer signing had missed four of his previous seven spot-kicks.The City boss went on to say sorry to Jesus and the Brazilian accepted the apology.The 21-year-old striker, who has scored just two goals this season, said: “Pep spoke with me. This is part of football, sometimes these things happen. I will support Riyad if the manager chooses him again.” Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Gabriel Jesus admits he was disappointed not to be allowed to take Manchester City’s late penalty in Sunday’s goalless draw at Liverpool.Riyad Mahrez fired over from 12 yards five minutes from time as the Premier League champions spurned the chance to win at Anfield for only the second time in 37 years. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS silverware Mahrez put a brave face on his error, which saw him blast well over the bar.The Algerian said: “It is part of football, you have to go forward and stay strong. Sometimes you score, sometimes you miss.“But the most important thing is the performance was very good.”last_img read more

BIRDWATCHERS AWAIT ARRIVAL OF RARE BLACK SWAN CYGNETS

first_imgBirdwatchers are awaiting a rare arrival in Co Donegal – a brood of Black Swans.Two of the striking birds have paired up at Inch Wildfowl Reserve and could be about to produce the first such brood in the wild in Ireland. The swans, which come from Australia, are believed to have escaped separately from captivity at some stage.The pair did give birth last year to a number of cygnets but the young birds were washed away and died after heavy rains.Now birdwatchers are monitoring the birds as they prepare to breed once again.Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland said the arrival of a family of Black Swans would be a rare occasion. “Black Swans are native to Australia and the only explanation is that they escaped together or separately from captivity at some stage.“It is very unusual that a pair have mated in Ireland. If they do manage to breed successfully then it will be even more unusual,” he said.Birdwatchers have been gathering at huts set up at the reserve to catch early morning glimpses of the elusive pair.The birds nest any time between February and September and will have between 4 and 8 eggs at a time and the incubation period will be between 35 to 40 days.When born, the cygnets will spend up to nine months with the parents before going their own way.Local National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Emmett Johnston said the survival of any young Black Swans was in the hands of nature. “They nest in reeds and if there is a lot of rainfall and the nest gets too wet then the young birds could perish,” he warned.PHOTO BY KIND PERMISSION OF JUSTIN MACLOCHLAINN OF THE BUNCRANA CAMERA CLUB.BIRDWATCHERS AWAIT ARRIVAL OF RARE BLACK SWAN CYGNETS was last modified: February 13th, 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:Black SwansInch Wildfowl Reservelast_img read more

A dark day as Ballyshannon mourns loss of ‘kind, bright spark’ Aisling

first_imgA cloud of grief has descended on Ballyshannon following the tragic death of Aisling O’Connor – a much-loved young woman who gave so much to her local community.Aisling, 21, passed away two days after a kayaking accident in Co. Kerry. A fun trip with friends in the University of Limerick Kayaking Club turned into a devastating tragedy on Saturday when two students got into difficulty near Caragh Lake.Aisling was airlifted to University Hospital Kerry, where she sadly passed away on Monday. The second student, a 21-year-old young man, is said to be in a stable condition in hospital. As news of Aisling’s death reached Ballyshannon, a sense of shock and heartbreak hit the town.“She was one of those girls who made an instant impression wherever she went,” said local Councillor and neighbour Barry Sweeny.“It is so devastating for the family. She will be sadly missed. She was so well-loved among her circles of friends. She had so much more to give.”Aisling was in her third year of a degree in Industrial Biochemistry at UL. Before university, she attended Colaiste Cholmcille in Ballyshannon and completed her Leaving Cert in the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal, where her mother Sorcha Begley is a teacher. As a granddaughter of historian Anthony Begley, Aisling had a keen interest in the heritage of Ballyshannon and volunteered in the local tourist office.“She was a kind, bright spark who was so willing and helpful,” Cllr Sweeny said.“She was so eager to help with the Ballyshannon Regeneration Group, for a young person to be so interested in the community and do something good for her town shows the kind of person she was and the type of family she came from.”Aisling is the second eldest of five children. She is survived by her mother Sorcha Begley, Ballyshannon and father David O’Connor, Cork, her older brother Ciaran and younger siblings Matthew, Clodagh and Maeve.“She left her mark wherever she went,” Cllr Sweeny said, and that is evidenced by the Discover Ballyshannon website, where much of the information on display was compiled by Aisling as part of her voluntary work. Cllr Sweeny said today is a “dark day for Ballyshannon” as the town comes to terms with the loss of a popular young lady.“My sympathies go out to both the Begley family and the O’Connor family in Cork. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”Dr Des Fitzgerald, the President of the University of Limerick, also expressed his condolences following Aisling’s untimely and tragic death.In an email sent to all UL students, Dr Fitzgerald said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Aisling’s family especially her parents Sorcha Begley and David O’Connor, her brothers Ciaran, Matthew and her sisters Clodagh and Maeve. We will work to support Aisling’s friends, class mates and club mates here at UL in coming to terms with this loss.” Students affected by the loss are being encouraged to contact the university’s Chaplaincy, the Eist counselling service and the student’s union for support services.Funeral details will be announced later.A dark day as Ballyshannon mourns loss of ‘kind, bright spark’ Aisling was last modified: November 6th, 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)last_img read more

Raising sheep and teaching the flock

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As the OSU State Sheep Extension Program specialist, the Executive Director the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, Livestock Director for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, OSU Animal Sciences small ruminant and pseudo-ruminant Instructor, sheep shearer, and livestock judge, Roger High has built his career around sheep.His job has taken him to sheep farms around Ohio, across the United States and around the world, but though his duties occasionally require a suit and tie in an office setting, he is still most comfortable in the barn wearing his work boots. Running his sheep operation on his home Indian Summer Farm in Union County with his wife, Holly, and their son, Adam, is where his passion lies and serves as the driving force behind the extensive work he has done in Ohio’s sheep industry.Managing his own flock of sheep keeps him grounded in the basics and innovating for the future of lamb production in Ohio.“On the farm I try to do a lot of the things that I am asking producers to do. We moved here in ‘94 where we could raise a family. I have been able to use a lot of the things I do here as examples for other producers for what I am doing through Extension and for teaching production classes at OSU. If I expect producers to being doing it, then I think I should be doing it here on my farm. I try to bring a lot of the things I have learned over the years to my small flock,” he said. “I grew up with sheep and have been around them all my life. It is my job, hobby and passion. Most of my friends are sheep people. It is just what I do. It wasn’t very long after we moved here that we got started with our sheep flock. I grew up with primarily with Shropshires, but we also had Hampshires and Targhees on my parents farm. We started out our farm with Hampshires, then we got the Polled Dorsets, and also had some Dorpers for a little bit of time before we settled entirely on the Polled Dorsets.”The start of the current Polled Dorset flock was facilitated by Holly’s parents.“They bought five Dorset ewes for us so that Adam could one day raise them for 4-H and FFA projects and we went from there,” Holly said. “Once we had the Polled Dorsets we really enjoyed them in comparison to the other breeds that we had. The Dorsets fit in with our lifestyle. It has been a family activity for us. Some people have boats. We have livestock. And on Sunday afternoons when other people go to the beach, we go to the field and move fence.”The Highs’ sheep flock reached its peak when Adam was heavily involved with the FFA program.“When our son Adam was heavily involved in FFA, we were feeding out several feeder lambs each year, had a brood ewe flock of approximately 50 head and Adam was successfully showing market lambs at the county and state fair levels,” Roger said. “Adam won the state proficiency award as a junior. His FFA Sheep Production SAE was a very diversified sheep operation when he was heavily involved in the FFA program. Now we are lambing about 30 ewes and feeding out several feeders lambs each year — just enough to keep me busy on the farm.”Now that Adam has finished his FFA career, the flock is smaller, but still very closely managed.“We don’t keep a bunch of rams here. The ram lambs are castrated and sold to the non-traditional (ethnic) market or the traditional market as finished feeder lambs. I have in my mind a goal for each ewe to generate so many dollars and replace herself every year. The number fluctuates depending on the market but we make sure they are generating a little income,” Roger said. “We have eight acres of pasture on the 30-acre farm. We have 18 acres in hay production and produce all of our own hay for the sheep and for the two horses and one llama on the farm. We buy all of our grain and straw. We have also done several fencing improvements and water development, part of it through the EQIP program.”The fence and water have been important components in the intensive grazing practiced on the farm.“I try to get the ewe flock out onto the pasture as soon as I can in spring. I usually try to get them out in late March, but we were later than that this year due to the extreme cold weather,” he said. “I give them about three days to graze before I let them go to the next area. They get trained to the electric fence pretty quickly. The ewes will be standing there waiting for the fence to be taken down when I arrive for the next move. We have enough pasture that we can move them around enough to have grass for them all summer. I have grazed up to seven months of the year.”The rotation of the pastures maximizes the pasture resources, improves pasture quality and helps control parasites.“With the Management intensive Grazing I don’t find my flock running into parasite problems. The parasite cycle is 21 days and we don’t have ewes going back to the same grazing area at least 21 days. If I need to I can put them in the barn and feed hay as necessary to break up the parasite problem or during a period of drought,” he said. “I am really pretty strict on the vaccination programs, especially for the abortive diseases that we talk about a lot in the sheep industry. Anything we think a producer should be doing to make their flock more productive I try to do here.”The operation — lambing in particular — is set up for ease and efficiency.“When I am gone, which is frequently, everything has to be set up here so Holly and our neighbor Nevin Smith can do the chores without me,” Roger said. “I lamb in January and February only. I try to concentrate my lambing time so I can manage groups in a tight time frame because it has to work around my work schedule.”If problem ewes are identified, they are culled.“There is strict culling based on early lambing and I get rid of ewes that have problems,” Roger said. “I don’t have time for problem ewes around here. I rarely see a lamb born here at the farm. I am too busy to be here all the time and if there are problems with lambing, then they will not be problems the next year. I manage to make sure problems do not stay here.”Traditional breeding methods are most common on the farm, though there has been some work done with artificial insemination.“I think that if you have a female you have determined is really valuable to the flock and you want more offspring out of her, artificial insemination and embryo transfer is the way to go. We did some embryo transfer work a few years ago,” Roger said. “If you are working with purebred sheep, it had better be a really good ewe to justify the expense. Club lamb flocks are the ones that can really benefit from AI and ET, though.”Though coyotes and black vultures have been problems for sheep producers in some areas, predators have not been a problem on the farm.“All my fence is electric. I want to keep the sheep in and the predators out,” Roger said. “We keep a guard llama for protection too. We have never had a coyote loss here at the farm.”The Highs employ a fairly diverse marketing plan for their flock.“I sell some breeding stock. I sell a ram or two per year, mostly commercial. If they are the right size I will sell them for the Easter market. I have sold some club lambs for 4-H and FFA members projects. I sell to the non-traditional ethnic markets and traditional markets as well. We also sell some at finished lambs through the Ohio State Fair Commercial Lamb Sale,” Roger said. “I am trying to get more muscling into my sheep. We are transitioning from larger framed sheep to heavier muscled, shorter framed sheep — something that will be good for market lambs and for club lambs. I believe that the industry needs to produce more meat more efficiently on grass and they need to be efficient on grain. We don’t feed as much grain to the ewes as we did with some of the larger framed sheep that we had on the farm.”The time spent working with sheep together has been a great benefit to the High family and it has also really paid off in Roger’s career.“Taking lessons from my sheep farm to the classroom or educational programs has been valuable for me and hopefully the industry as well,” Roger said. “I am also contributing to the state and national checkoff programs, and I believe that these check-off programs are valuable to the industry.“I get to be the Ohio sheep industry spokesperson, but I get to live it as well.”last_img read more

Anthony Wayne FFA awards 1st Annual Les Disher Leadership Award

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Les Disher was a man of integrity who invested a great amount of time into Anthony Wayne FFA members. He believed in agriculture and the importance of building leaders through the FFA. Everything in his life emulated an excellence leader. As a result, the Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter recently honored Disher for his service.Over the years, Les has helped coach the Anthony Wayne FFA Meats Career Development Team and judged local carcass contests. He also assisted students with their sheep projects, employed students to assist with landscaping, and chaperoned FFA conventions. He was an Anthony Wayne FFA and Ohio FFA honorary degree recipient. He truly helped students live out the FFA mission of premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. His legacy will live on through the many students he impacted. As a result, this year the Anthony Wayne FFA chapter started the Les Disher Leadership award.The recipient of this award was senior Jacob Gase. He received an engraved clock as a result of his hard work, dedication and his leadership shown through the Anthony Wayne FFA chapter. As a true leader in the organization, Jacob was a worthy recipient of this award and the Anthony Wayne FFA chapter hopes to recognize great leaders in the coming years.last_img read more