The extremely wet weather we’ve had in March and April have proven to be good for the insect populations in the southeastern US. Flies and ticks are already established in many herds, but it’s not too late to get an external parasite control program in place. Take advantage of the warm and dry weather we’ll have this upcoming week to put out fly control mineral, clip weeds, attach back rubbers, and do all those other management practices that can help keep insects down.
External parasites can spread such economically significant diseases such as anaplasmosis and pinkeye. By understanding and managing risk factors for the diseases, we can prevent or reduce the incidence of such diseases our herds.