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Blowfly Treatment Get the First "Blow" on Flies

Climate change means some fly species are remaining active at unfamiliar times of year with activity even spreading into the winter months. To help protect cattle, producers are being advised to treat livestock earlier with insecticides.

Flies and midges are not only a nuisance to cattle in the parlour and at grass, they can also transmit costly diseases such as summer mastitis, New Forest Eye and the Schmallenberg virus. They also cause significant production losses.

Summer mastitis is particularly costly and up to 60% of herds in the UK are likely to experience the disease each year. The head fly is the main culprit thought to transmit the bacteria that cause summer mastitis. It is widespread in the UK and one breeding cycle is enough to produce swarms for the whole summer season.

Applying insecticide early in the season will both help protect cattle from the first flies of the season and cut next generation numbers. Kill flies early and you reduce their ability to breed. Your aim should be to kill as many insects as possible when the first landing parties arrive on your livestock to feed.

As well as treating cattle early, it’s also important to keep on top of the insect problem as we move through the warmer months. A mixture of different fly and midge species threaten most farms with populations peaking at different times and waves of attackers hatch out to trouble herds all season long. However, regular treatments will reduce the insect threat. And an early first dose will also help control any biting and sucking lice that have built up on animals over the winter housed period. 

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Mark Riggs BVet Med MRCVS

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