Pest populations rising in Texas

in Southwest Farm Press

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife

Crop pest populations are on the rise around Texas.

Dr. Sonja Swiger, AgriLife Extension veterinary entomologist, Stephenville, said many pests emerged earlier than usual this year due to the weather, but populations and how long they stay will depend on the weather to come. Continue reading

New tool provides fun, easy way to protect herd from horn flies

Researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife recently gave a “thumbs up” to a product that claims to control horn flies without the hassle of corralling the herd. Sonja Swiger, veterinary entomologist at Texas A&M AgriLife, tested the VetGunTM, an insecticide delivery system that premiered in 2014.

Developed by SmartVet, the VetGunTM “shoots” a ball of insecticide at an animal’s hide like a paintball gun shoots a ball of paint. The rancher can apply the insecticide without having to gather the animals into a chute, so it saves time, anxiety for the animals and extra money to hire additional people to corral the cattle. The VetGun does not need not need to be used with ear tags. It is a replacement option but should be coupled with other integrated pest management options such as a larval control and sanitation. Continue reading

Fly season begins – protect your cattle

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife

Springtime conditions are increasing fly activity and cattle producers should take steps to protect animals and reduce losses, said Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist at Overton.

Horn flies, stable flies and house flies are the most common fly pests in Texas. Flies may be viewed by some as a nuisance to their animals but they also cost cattle producers statewide hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Continue reading

Horn fly control in the South

From Southeast Cattle Advisor

Cattlemen are faced with fly control decisions every year. Horn flies are the most important in terms of economic loss to cattle producers, accounting for about $1 billion annually in the United States.

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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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Southern IPM Center Enhancement Grant Leads to New Product for Use in Controlling Horn Fly on Organic Cattle

The horn fly is the most important pests of pastured cattle in the United States. Flies feed on cattle, reducing milk production and weight by as much as 15%. Typically, dairy farmers manage horn flies by using broad-spectrum insecticides and must be applied two or three times per month.

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