February is the time of the year we need to consider fly control programs for spring and summer. While it’s cold and dreary outside, spring will soon be here and flies will be back again.
The best feed-through fly control program is provided at least 30 days prior to the emergence of flies. That makes the month of February critical in the selection and implementation of a fly control product. Flies cost the cattle industry billions of dollars each year from lost weight and the transmission of disease. With the current value of cattle, the use of a good fly control program will actually pay for itself and put additional profits in your pocket from the increased weight gain alone.
While there are several products available and each offers its own advantages, we have had very good results from the use of IGR in minerals and tubs. IGR is an insect growth regulator shown to be very effective in controlling and preventing the most costly of the flies – the horn fly.
We offer Formax Mineral with IGR as an excellent loose mineral for fly control. Formax IGR Mineral also contains large levels of highly available minerals and vitamins to meet your cow’s daily needs for these nutrients.
As the days get longer and warmer, it is time to select a fly control product to add weight to your calves and profits in your pockets at sale time.
Jimmy Hughes is AFC’s animal nutritionist.