Last updated on March 31st, 2022 at 03:02 pm
Finding the best fly control for your cattle all depends on your goals and management practices. There are all different ways to control flies on cattle... sprays, pour-ons, dust bags, tubs, you name it.
Here at Riomax®, we offer a couple different feed-through fly control options in the form of tubs. We like tubs, because it ensures the cattle are consistently receiving fly control every time they consume the product. Plus, it's a 3-in-1 product (fly control, minerals, digestion pack) saving time and labor for you.
If you're wary of using a chemical kill (poison) to control flies, no need to worry. There are ways to fight flies without using chemicals that could potentially harm your biology.
By using natural repellants like garlic, you can reduce fly pressure on your herd and improve their gut health.
The Riomax® PG360-REPEL formula contains a heavy duty fly-fighting package, which includes natural anti-parasitic and antioxidants. It has proven to repel a wide variety of flies and insects on ranches all across the country.
Flies are more than just irritating to your cattle. Flies negatively impact weight gain, breed up, and overall herd performance.
According to Altosid IGR, horn flies cause an estimated $1 billion loss to North American ranchers annually! This is even higher than losses due to respiratory diseases or pinkeye.
Cattle mineral tubs are a great feed through fly control option. Lick tubs are infused with fly control, and allowing cattle to consume fly control very consistently, since they're constantly consuming the supplement.
It's important to ensure your tub-to-cow ratio is on point so that all cows are receiving adequate levels of fly control.
Mineral tubs with fly control usually need to be put out earlier than other fly control methods. Typically, it's recommended to begin feeding it 30 days before the last frost in the spring all the way through to 30 days after the first frost in the fall. So, while feed-through options have a longer feeding season, the benefits of consistent fly control often make it worth it.
There are many different ways to control flies on cattle. What are some of the most effective fly control methods, and what do they involve?
Cattle Fly Tags
- Uses insecticide
- Requires tagging every animal
Pour-On Fly Control
- Involves a chemical kill
- May need to apply twice
- Can include internal parasite control
Dustbags & Cattle Rubs
- Requires set up where every animal will touch it
- Less labor-intensive once set up
Fly Control Spray
- May involve fogger equipment
- Need to be sprayed consistently
Feed-Through Fly Control
- In the form of loose mineral, tubs, or blocks
- Consistent source of fly control, as cattle consume it with their supplement
- Can get chemical kill & natural options
LEARN MORE about these different ways to control flies on your cattle to decide which one is best for your operation.