Fly Control for Livestock

A reduced-pesticide fly control method proves effective.

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Fly control is important among sheep and cattle.

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TWIN BROOKS, South Dakota — Rancher Linda Simmons has in the past experienced major problems with flies affecting her sheep and beef production. Several species of flies are known to cluster around the face and eyes of livestock, leaving behind disease and parasites. Simmons, who received a NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant, has been working to find a solution through reduced-pesticide fly control. Her efforts have led to the conservation of beneficial bugs, including dung beetles, which helps decrease the fly population.

To find out more, read the report at www.NorthCentralSARE.org.