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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Black Flics Dangerous To Human Health Dft. K. II. DEPNER i Entomologist Black flies belong to a family of insects known as the Simu- liidae. In this family there arc over CW known species distri- buted tliroughout Ihc world. Many ore persistent anJ pain- ful blood-suckers of man and animals. Some are important as vectors of human and animal diseases; others have been in- volved in the deaths of livestock by toxemia, anaphylaxis, and suffocation. Attacks on livestock in Canada are confined to Ihe West and arc most common in areas near the major riveis of the central and northern regions. Humans stow a wide range of reactions to their bites and, in extreme cases, have reacted vi- oicnlly to a single bile. Species that attack man are widely dis- tributed but. arc generally moro o( a problem in the forested re- gions of Canada. One disease transmillcd by black flies affects humans liv- ing in tropical areas of the West- era Hemisphere and Africa. This disease is caused by a paraslic worm that requires a black flj as the intermediate host. In humans it produces a serious in fcction of the eye that may leat to partial or complete blindness A form of this disease, car ried by another species of black fly, occurs in Australia. In Can ada and the United Slates black flics are involved in transmit ting a protozoon parasite l> poultry. The disease it produces Friday, Martli 20, 1970 THE U7HMIOGE HERAID 7 Summary Of Farm Income Noted In Economist's Report S. LEE, P. Ag., Economist, Alberta department 01 Agriculture Farm income arj expenses or the settlers were surumar- common in wild and domes ic ducks, in geese, and in lur :eys but is not known lo alfcc nammals. Since several spec es of black flies are capable o ransrnilting this disease an out ircnk appear any when n Canada. The egg, I an1 and pupa stages of nearly all black flj species are spent entirely in run ning water; (he adults are free- lying. In the pest species, Ih emales require a blood mea retore their eggs will develop n this respect they are similar jo most species of mosquitoes The surroundings in which blac lies live are remarkably rl verse. The immature stages can be found in glacial or arctic streams where temperatures are very near freezing or in the very warm waters of equatorial streams. The streams may be elear or muddy and the rate o! flow rr.ay vary from sluggish lo very swift. Considering the wide range of conditions in the world under ,-hieh black flies live and the very large number of species in this family, we are indeed fortunate that so few of them are serious pests. On the other hard, those species that are pests cause serious problems. We at the Lethbridge Research Stalion are continually seeking and lesling ways to control these pests so that the humar and non-human inhabitants o( affected areas may be protected from the disease and discom- fort caused by black flics. LASS1K QUKEN Miss Linda Lou Maicr of Lomond was rrowned by Miss Evelyn Woods of Camrose as Alberta Shorthorn Lassie Queen cf 1970 at the recent Calgary Shorthorn Show. Miss Woods was the IMS Queen. Linda Is e daughter of Mr. and Mrs. aul Maier of Lomond and is second year student oasehold economics at thL 'Diversity of Alberta. Miss Taier was chosen on a basis o ast 4-H achievements, per- onalily, and ability to nice ic public. She will have the onor of presenting rib ons and awards to Short orn winners at all the ummcr fairs and sales in Mticrta, as well as attending Iher major shows such a legina. Vancouver, and thi loyal Winter Fair in Tor nto. Lir.da wears the tradt iona! Scottish costume mad the Alberta tartan rcpre Eenting the Scottish heritag of the Shorlbom breed of cal tie. Giickeii Consumption On Increase In spite of the fact hat record amounts of poulry meat, speci- fically broiler chicken and tur- key, were consumed by Cana- dians in 1969, the trend estab- lished then continues into 1970. To match this, of course, pro- duction by Canadian poultrymcn keeps increasing to record lev- els as indicated by the follow- ing figures supplied from the "Poultry Market Report" pub- lished by the Canada Depart- ment of Agriculture, Markets Information Section. millions Ibs eviscerated Marketings Domestic Disappearance 1969 19700 1970O Jan. 30.6 43.1 39.6 43.6 Feb. 32.6 36.C' 33.4 Tar 37.3 Vpril 38.5 lay 43.1 une 43.1 uly 43.2 Aug. 43.7 Sept 46.2 Oct. 46.4 45.8 Dec. 39.9 Total 499.4 Beef Futures WINNIPEG Winni- peg live beef futures market drew a small trade Thursday with some short-covering in the March contracts boosting prices by 35 cents over the previous close levels. No trades were re- corded, however. Open High Low. Close Thurs Mar 33.90 34.CO 33.99 34.00 33.2 May 31.90 31.90 31.9C Jly 31.38 31.3 Sep 30.70 30.7 43.6' 45.3' 33.7 37.8 45.2 43.7 42.9 44.6 45.0 45.2 38.8 498.9 O Average preliminary figures Are forecasts based on place merits of baby chicks. So far broiler chick place ments in growers barns to com .0 market in 1970 are runnin 19.8 percent ahead of 1963 Every province is participatin in this expansion in number with the exception of P.E.I, an Newfoundland. Quebec and Or :ario are leading the way wit British Columbia coming thir and Alberta a close fourth. From all the facts avail ab Mrs. Consumer will be able continue to purchase her favo ite quick-meal at ccoiuimic Ic els at any me.it counter fring and dry summer caused wer crop yields. This was par- cularly true in the Bit ID here the farm iar.d was r.ot roperly developed and irriga- on was not intensively prac- ced. The grain marketing prcb- jm has created difficulty for ome settlers; however, Ite sit ation is not considered loo ser- Grading System For Beef Cattle us as diversification of Ihe ruling program is generally rscticcd in the settlement reas. Farm income has increased uring the period. This, of oursi! is due lo the Increase in ze cf (arm. Other factors, such s belter management and new have also contribul- Canadian Cattlemen's Associa ion at the annual race-ring o the association in Winnipeg. The new idea would base grad ing so'.ey on fal thickness, per centagc of muscle and woul eliminate wasle fat which influences the price of beef. Mr. Bealiie said there ha been some opposition from pack ing companies, but he c.xpecls no serious problems in his prc senlation to government offic ials. Under the present s y s I e m carcasses are graded accord in to age, conformalion and eve: ess of fat thickness. Mr. Bea tie proposed that under Ih new mclhod, animals he grade according to tenderness, qua ity of meat on the carcass an lack of fat covering. "With this system, he addci. the consumer will be getting pared with which more beef for his dollar." costs about 15 cents an acre. Short-Lived Pesticide Approved EDMONTpN (CP> A short-lived pesticide called di- mcllioale will be the only chemical issued by the Alberta department of agriculture for control tliis spring. Joe Gurba, head of the de- partment's crop protection and pest control branch, said the chemical will cost about 64 cents an acre to apply conv 4-H Club "Bulletin Board? 4-H LtGHT HOIISE CLUB The Lethbridge Foothills 4-H jght Horse Club held their an- ual 4-H meeting on March 10th t the Bowman Arts Centre at M o'clock. The meeting was opened with is 4-H pledge and was pre- ceded by the secretary's min- tes and the treasurers minutes f the last meeting. The club members then had a discussion or the Ettire that our members vould wear during the comiiig parade. There were also sug- gestions made for a fund rais- ng project. We had a discussion on where our 4-H grounds would be located for the following year. There were five public speak- ers who gave a speech in order o prepare for the public speak- ing contest to. be held March 24 and 26. A short sing-song was lead by Greg Smith which brought a conclusion to our meeting. The next meeting will be held in ApiM at the Bowman Arts Ccn tre at o'clock. Judy Hoot reporter NIMBLE NEEDLES MEET The Public Speaking Elimin ations were held March I tth e the Hoping Community Centre Judges for the evening were Colette Milzcl, Mrs. B. Lloyd and Mr. W. Phillips. Winners were: 1st Bonnie La qua, 2nd Lcona Fautb, and 3rc Theresa Garbcr, and Sherry Black. Our demonstration clhrcira tions will be April 8th ant judging for it will be held Apn 22nd. Everyone is invited to alien ur Teen Dance April 3rd, from till at the Hoping Corr.- unity Centre, with Tie Cry- tal Soul Band playing. Theresa Garljer reporter. WILLOW CREEK The Willow Creek 4-H Light >rse c'aib held a horse clinic Sun., Mar. 8 at Hansma's Granun. The beguir.ing rid- ers rode with help from some more advanced members. Four horses were shown at the halter by members while their show- manship was judged end spok- en on. The four horses and then (cur other mares were judged and placed by the members for practise. Beth Cornish reporter. alendar Of Farm Events March 21 Brooks Family Life Series .larch 21-22 and District Science Fair March 24 Medicine Hat Weeds and Herbicides Meeting March 25 Burdeit Weed Control In Specialty Crops .larch 30 {ft 9 Olds Pesticide Applicators Course March 31 Piuchcr Creek Hog Producers Meeting April 2-3 Ixthbridge Spring Bull Sale April 2 Pincher Creek Feeder Association General Mem- bership Meeting April 4 Pincher Creek Bud Olson Federal Minister of Agriculture April 10 Medicine Hat South East Breeders Bull Sale April 16 Lethbridge Regional 4-H Public Speaking April 16 Pincher Creek Diseases and Pests of Cereals and Forage Crops April 17 Medicine Hat Regional 4-H Public Speaking Finals April 24 Calgary Southern Alberta 4-H Public Speaking Finals 19th ANNUAL LETHBRIDGE SPRING LLSALE THURSDAY and FRIDAY, APRIL 2 and 3 EXHIBITION PAVILION UTHBRIDGE, AlBERTA 334 of the RIGHT BULLS FROM TOP BREEDERS IN IHE RIGHT FIT.......WORKING CONDITION AT THE RIGHT PRICE.......FIT YOUR POCKETBOOK 246 HEREFORDS 88 ABERDEEN ANGUS SHOW TIME Wednesday, April 1st al p.m. Angus and Hereford; SAIE TIME Thursday, April 2nd 10 o.m. 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