Reducing external parasites
will ultimately boost efficiency and weight gain. According to the DCHA Gold Standards III,
growers should "practice internal and external parasite control based
on geography and heard veterinarian's recommendations."
One form of parasite control is setting up and implementing an Integrated
Pest Management (IPM) fly control program. The University of California
Agriculture and Natural Resources defines IPM as an ecosystem-based
strategy focused on long-term prevention of damage caused by pests. The IPM
system uses environmentally sound and effective ways to keep pests from
harming your animals and damaging crops.
inspections: Identify the type of pests and determine
Keep a log: Include an
identification of the pest, the population size, recommendations for
future prevention and complete information on the treatment action
used. During the fly season, monitor fly populations and adjust
control protocols as needed.
of the game: Start control activities well before flies
become active and follow through with your control activities.
Work with your veterinarian, extension livestock specialist or
industry representative to resolutely rid your area of flies. Stick to
what is necessary.
conducive to flies
Follow these precautions as a
means of discouragement:
food supply by keeping feed, hay and bedding dry.
control of larvae habitat by properly managing manure.
The slightest change in temperature or liquidity levels can result
in fewer surviving flies.
products, such as QuickBayt or
that are not harmful to livestock or people.
The IPM control program
utilizes a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat
manipulation, modification of cultural practices and use of resistant
varieties. Pesticides should be utilized as a last resort after monitoring
indicates they are needed according to established guidelines. Treatments
are made with a specific goal of removing only the target organism - pests