With the hot dry conditions on the rise producers need to keep an eye out for flies that are “bugging” their cattle. MU Extension Livestock Specialist Wendy Rapp says it doesn’t take very many of these insects to start causing problems.Although they cannot be completely eliminated, these bugs can, and should, be controlled to ensure less stress on the animal.

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Wendy Rapp

“There are two kinds of flies that producers need to worry about. Horn flies and face flies are the major ones producers need to be aware of.” Rapp said “They cause the cattle industry almost $1-billion dollars a year in annual production loss in cattle. So, fly control is an economic issue that producers need to be worried about.”