Lice in cattle herds can bite producer profits

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife

A common wintertime pest in cattle herds – lice – can suck money from producers’ pockets, said Dr. Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, Overton.

Banta said lice can infest cattle throughout the year, but more problems are seen from December to March.  Continue reading

USDA scientists try to find efficient way to stop stable flies

Livestock producers may not be able to see the difference between stable flies and other flies at a distance, but they can definitely see the stable flies’ effect on their cattle as the animals stop grazing and bunch together to minimize the number of bites they’re getting.

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Reducing flies helps keep herds healthy

Contact: Lee Townsend, 859-257-7455

Flies are annual summer pests of cattle and other livestock. Controlling them could mean happier, healthier and heavier livestock, said Lee Townsend, extension entomologist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

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