Integrated Fly Management for Pastured Cattle

Created with SARE support
Matt Steiman, Jason Smith | 2021 | 11 pages

In grazing systems, flies can not only be a nuisance for cattle but can also cause herd health problems like pink eye, and reduce milk production and weight gain.

Matt Steiman, livestock manager at Dickinson College Farm worked with Dr. Jason Smith, entomologist and horticultural specialist at Milton Hershey School to develop this fact sheet to help dairy and beef producers to implement non-chemical fly reduction methods on their farms.

The fact sheet includes descriptions of three fly species–stable flies, horn flies and face flies–that target cattle and then suggests cultural and biological controls that farmers can use to manage these pests.

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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.