Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


Livestock Producers Should Plan Ahead For New Fly Control Feed Additives

Fri, 19 Feb 2021 10:14:32 CST

Livestock Producers Should Plan Ahead For New Fly Control Feed Additives It may be cold and snowy now but given Oklahomaís erratic weather we could see warmer temperatures quickly and that means fly problems for our cattle, said Mark Upton, director of sales for Central Life Sciences

Upton was recently interviewed by Radio Oklahoma Agriculture Network Associate Farm Director and Editor KC Sheperd.

As a company our message is to start on fly control at least 30 days ahead of fly season up to about 30 days after first frost, Upton said.

You need a good killing freeze for several days, so you have to be vigilant, he said.

The products we have are in feed additives, so we donít have to put anything directly on the animals, he said.

Upton, who is based in Pauls Valley, Okla., encourages producers to start feeding the product several weeks before the weather warms up to prevent fly eggs from hatching in the manure, Upton said.

One of the things we have to do is educate producers on the high economic damage caused by flies, he said.

Flies, especially horn flies, are the number one economic problem for pasture cattle in North America, causing as much as $1 billion a year in damage, he said.

These flies are sucking blood and robbing weight gain so itís really important from an economic and disease standpoint to control them, he said.

Feed additives work better than ear tags or contact sprays which only kill the adult fly and resistance is a huge problem, Upton said.

From an input standpoint the feed additives are cheaper because you donít have the labor involved like you would with collecting and spraying the cattle, he said.

Using feed additivities also means fewer flies around the farm, Upton said. As an added benefit, controlling the flies will keep the numbers down around the farm, he added.

In years when fly populations are high, a single cow could have as many 2,000 flies on its back, Upton said.

To learn more about feed-through fly control, click here.

You can hear more of KCís interview with Mark Upton by clicking on the listen bar below.

   
   

right-click to download mp3

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • The USDA Will Focus on Climate Change, Improved Markets And Covid Relief Funds Said USDA Chief Tom Vilsack During Commodity Classic Speech   Fri, 05 Mar 2021 16:15:18 CST
  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2:00 p.m Friday, March 5  Fri, 05 Mar 2021 15:51:53 CST
  • USDA Extends Application Deadline for the Quality Loss Adjustment Program  Fri, 05 Mar 2021 15:48:03 CST
  • Friday, March 5, 2021 Market Wrap-Up with Justin Lewis  Fri, 05 Mar 2021 15:15:29 CST
  • EPA Seeks Nominations for Local Government Advisory Committee  Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:47:05 CST
  • Growth Energy, U.S. Grains Council, RFA Supportive of Proposed Canada Clean Fuel Regulations  Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:45:17 CST
  • New Political Action Committee Launches to support Oklahoma Republican Women running for Elected Office  Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:43:36 CST
  • Latest Road to Rural Prosperity--Congressman Frank Lucas gives Updates on the Latest Legislation and the New Administration   Fri, 05 Mar 2021 09:40:33 CST

  • More Headlines...

       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit Ag Mediation Program P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show AFR Insurance Stillwater Milling Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association KIS FUTURES, INC.

    Our Road to Rural Prosperity sponsors!

    Banc First OPSRC ORWA TPAOO TPAOO

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com


       
       
    © 2008-2021 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.