Ambush nasty flies with fast feed-through program

Are you tired of looking into the crystal ball to predict when fly season will start? Did you already miss that magic 30-day window to start a feed-through to protect your pastured cattle from damaging horn and face flies? A … Read More

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

Technology that aids in lice control

Technology is now available to help ranchers, cattle feeders, dairy operators and horse enthusiasts control both sucking and biting lice in their animals. Most pour-ons only kill adult lice and nymphs, but a pour-on insecticide containing both a pyrethroid insecticide … Read More

Don’t let lousy lice cause lousy problems

Does Larry Hawkins find any humor when it comes to lice and livestock? “I guess it would be easy for me to start scratching my head and say something like, ‘Lice are an itchy topic.’ Is that humorous enough?” he … Read More

Battle lice by knowing their lifecycle

LICE! When you hear that four-lettered word, what comes to mind? Humor? Like Lonnie Easterling’s comic line about the young louse that finally faces reality: “Son, your mother and I have decided it’s time for you to move out and … Read More

Work with neighbors to combat flies

Is your own facility producing your fly problem, or are the pests coming from a neighbor’s feedlot, dairy or equine facility? That is often a difficult question to answer, but it points to the importance of working with neighbors to … Read More

Challenging year for face and horn flies

Are you — or should we say your cattle — having “a devil of a time” with face and horn flies this year? If yes, you’re not alone. If no, feel lucky and keep doing what you’re doing. “Populations of … Read More

Keep anaplasmosis out of your cattle

“From a control standpoint, my FIRST recommendation is to avoid introducing the disease in the first place,” said Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Professor Hans Coetzee. “Don’t buy a problem.” If you are considering purchasing a new herd … Read More

Don’t get blindsided by anaplasmosis

  Many cattle producers across the country are facing a new bully; and this tag-team is one tough cookie, creating havoc round-the-clock.   Secretly, she goes by Anna PM and he goes by AM Osis, but investigators tracking their every … Read More