Cherokee Feed & Seed has Solutions to Your Horn Fly Problems.
Did you know that the horn fly is one of the most economically damaging pests of range cattle in the United States?
Horn Flies cost cattle producers approximately $1 billion every year.
At a recent Cattle Meeting at Cherokee Feed & Seed the economic problem that is created by horn flies was identified by Brian Hupp of Central Life Sciences the manufacturer of Altosid® IGR.
Horn Flies are small, black flies that are blood feeders. They remain on cattle day and night. Adult flies live 10 to 20 days and mate on animals. The leave hosts to lay eggs in fresh manure that is less than five minute old.
There can be 1,000 to 4,000 flies per cow at common peak times. University data says 200 flies per beef cow is the economic threshold.
Cattle heavily attacked by horn flies my suffer a loss of 0.5 pound of flesh per day and milk production my be reduced.
Let’s look at some options to reduce the economic impact of horn flies on your herd.