On-Animal

Tips to prevent late-season fly control breakdowns

Horn and face fly numbers can continue to build throughout the summer, which will put pressure on your control programs. Now is a good time to evaluate the pasture fly situation in your herd. Check during the early afternoon on … Read More

The two most impactful flies and how to treat them

With summer upon us, so are the problems associated with fly infestations of cattle. Economic losses occur because flies torment cattle, sucking blood from the animals and spreading diseases such as pinkeye. However, effective control measures can keep fly populations … Read More

What to do for cattle with horn flies

The goal of horn fly-management programs is to reduce the numbers of feeding adults on the animals and manage pastures to minimize larval survival. Because horn flies only lay their eggs in freshly dropped, individual dung pats, cultural manure-management practices … Read More

Fight face flies that carry pinkeye bacteria

The economic injury level of face flies, a common pest of pastured cattle, is only 10 insects per animal. However, when face flies (Musca autumnalis) are carrying the bacterium that causes pinkeye, as is the case this season in several … Read More

Managing face (and horn) flies

The face fly, Musca autumnalis, is a robust fly that superficially resembles the house fly. It is a nonbiting fly that feeds on animal secretions, nectar and dung liquids. Adult female face flies (the most damaging of the two sexes) typically … Read More

Correct application key to parasite control

“Application matters,” begins Larry Hawkins. On this beautiful spring day, Hawkins is in cow country to discuss flies, lice and cattle—and some of the common mistakes he sees when it comes to controlling the former two so they don’t chew … Read More

How to control flies in pastures

In pasture settings, the most economically damaging fly is the horn fly. Good control can mean an additional 12 to 20 lb.of weight gain per calf over the summer months and reduced weight loss for nursing cows. Face flies, meanwhile, can … Read More

Ear tags remain effective option for cattle producers

Bayer to Conduct Large Scale Safety Study on Tolfenpro® Tags As fly season approaches, ear tags become a go-to fly control option for many producers for their effectiveness and ease of use. Last year, Bayer Animal Health launched Tolfenpro® ear … Read More

Tips for managing horn flies

Horn flies are one of the livestock pests with the greatest impact on the health and productivity of cattle. In the U.S., annual losses to horn fly damage total between $700 million and $1 billion. Horn fly damage is caused … Read More

16 tips to control flies in cattle feedlots

Potential fly outbreaks in feedlots are just around the corner. That means potential weight losses in cattle, the risk of disease transfer and complaints from neighbors. Regular cleaning, monitoring and maintenance of typical fly-breeding habitats will help reduce fly populations … Read More