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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas MefaW Texas May 1991 County Agent Texas laboratory busy identifying suspected killer bees By JOE Comal County Extension Agent Honey bees cant easily swarm Texas incognito A new laboratory al Texas University has the make on Tlic Texas hon ey bee Identifica tion Lab begun analyzing honey bee AHB sus pects as part of the states plan to minimize the impact of the dreaded Often after the first measurement of a sample it is obvious thai the hon ey bees arc said Leon entomology research assistant who supervises the But if there is a possibility that they arc we do the full set of It can take up to six hours to prepare and one sample of Scientific identification is impor tant because me AHB is almost identi cal to the ordinary domestic honey Special a computer program and genetic tests are used to determine whether a honey bee is Bees collected both in the Texas trap line from cast of Kings villc to Laredo and by the general public can be identified at the new lab with the microscopic and computer The identification service is Horace Van Texas entomologist and lab admini expects strong demand from the public for bee We have built cxpandion into the Van Cleave We have feared up to handle the Its just a matter of when to pull the switch and start He said that will be determined by the level of concern from hc public as bee swarms become more prevalent this When swarms start showing we will getting more Van Cleave Three parts of the honey bees are measured in the lab the hind wings and a segment of the abdo men from which the wax is If those measurements suggest a swarm is samples are sent to a department of Agricul ture lab in for genetic The first AHB swarm in the United States was detected near a small town near the Rio Grande River in South on Praetorius provided these sugges tions for sending a sample to the lab for identification Remember that the honey bee looks just like a domestic honey Do not send bumb yellow jackets or any othcrinscct for Collect at least 50 individual hon ey bees if you know how to handle Put honey bees in a jar filled with rubbing This keeps the bees soft and easier to Pack the jar well in a small Encase that box in another well Include the following informa tion collectors organization and phone number time and date of collection site of the swarm or col city and county precise location Mail to Texas Department of Honey Bee Idcntifca tion Riverside Building Rom College Tex as Cattle prices Cattle and calf prices again set record highs in As meat pack er competition for tight cattle stocks push cattle futures ever anal ysis are starting to blame the price escalation on a severe shortage of beef resulting from ranchers economic problems in the followed by the severe drought of the late loss of income lax benefits and oilier investment Some anal ysls are even questioning ihe sue of the cattle inventory and the methods used by USDA to estimate the Many ranchers considering herd expansion are wondering just how much they can afford lo pay lor u lisiimalcs can be calculated using the same procedures used to estimate olher capital The inoxi mum economic investments is ihe cuienl value ol the projected net alici lax cash flow expected over ihe life of the In projected iciums aie highly variable depending on pioduc lion ilie cost of pioducnon and lie market pi ice lor ihe pioduet Total production costs per cow vuy lioin as low as lo ovcdi per Because of vuna good pioduciion and I manual iccoids iuc ubsoluiely essential loi pioviding ihc inloimation ncccssmy lot iunchus lo make sound economic decisions based on ihc specific chai ticiuislicsol llieu own Willi expected puces ot I lo per pound for a 500 and assuming 10 percent lower prices for a 460 ihc projected annual net return from a cow is about to assuming an 85 percent calf crop and total production including variable and over head With ihc same sci of but using the average price for 500 the past icn years of about annual revenue per cow unii drops lo The nuMtnum cow puce can Iv estimated h dclcimuting the net present value of the future income stream generated by the piiu for that the urn will be in the herd for seven Using a 7 pciccni disuuni a raticher could afford to pay foi a cow assuming annual net revenue of per cow including cull eow sales wi i at S at s a in U A is per framily ai the Jwr s lc rt IKs times SO links percent culled seai To provide the laics information in this the IW1 Texas oiilvuiive ill tv held Ma JS at uV Klebeig Animal and Sciences Comer al Vcxiis Sublets tiKluJe desirable 1ied Uxionsion units vf jvn reared ugs and Seiviee poulliy said ihe qiuif habitat vk conference program is designed to preventing problems m breeder meet eilucalionat neeils relating to tminiion industry I le said ihe confer The program will be conducted b the Extension Service in cooperation with the Texas Porks and Wildlife Department and Texas Agricultural Experiment For more information the Thornbcrry at 409 8454318 or Ramsey Iuc is Cunntl County UAlcnsnm Agon fur Agriculture with UK Texas AgriculUiinl Warm weather looks for petites and woineii SportSVVOiir inn nip t lui alui Uiii Ut I iti Ml MiiiSOS Vomit kt i miuu i JMI sii kill kilil id i v LS Il in I ii Mlmuiiil k Is hi k Hi i v i iM t i i i un at I utlui v iiv I ll i i k i I lJ I h Ik aiiu i ki kuil Kil iM VVtMUi V i I lV UV 1 i UO Dillaals
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