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Flies are more than just a nuisance

Mon, 07/25/2016

Fly control protocols for heifers set the stage for long-term mammary health.

By Maggie Seiler, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

clean calf We all know the nuisance flies can be this time of year. Ruining picnics, dirtying white walls, and, perhaps most importantly of all, threatening the productive future of your dairy herd.

At the recent Joint Annual Meeting of ADSA and ASAS, the University of Georgia’s Stephen Nickerson warned attendees that horn flies play a potent role in mastitis infection. Some of the greatest damage is done before an animal ever enters the milking string.

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