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Fly Control for your Cattle

Jun 12, 2019

Did you know that just a few adult flies can quickly populate to 4,000 flies or more per animal?

Pesky horn flies can cause your cattle to waste energy and go off feed.

However, early-season planning can help keep fly populations under control all season long. 



 

HOW TO BEAT THE BUZZ

1. Consider a feed-through form
Cattle need both fly control and mineral, so delivering the two in one package can be a convenient option. Once a cow consumes fly control mineral, it functions through the manure the cow excretes. 

2. Follow the 30/30 rule
Feed fly control mineral 30 days before the last frost in the spring and 30 days after the first frost in the fall. This rule of thumb ensures cows have access to fly control mineral before horn flies appear in early spring and provides coverage through summer and fall.

3. Manage your mineral
Cows should be consuming 2-4 ounces of mineral per day to get consistent fly control in manure piles.

4. Plan for the long haul
Fly control mineral can also provide benefits that last the full length of fly season compared to other forms that need reapplication.
 

For more information on adding Wind & Rain Cattle Mineral to your operation,
contact your CFE Beef Specialist.

All information provided by ​Purina Animal Nutrition LLC. 



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