Seeing cattle rubbing hair off due to lice infestations can be extremely frustrating. Not only are the cattle damaging fences and equipment, there also can be performance losses and health issues not to mention that the cattle are simply not as visibly appealing, which can be very important for seedstock producers or feeders selling backgrounded feeders.
Winter ticks, also called moose ticks, are unlike other tick species because they are active during the winter months.
The arrival of spring in South Dakota means warmer weather and more outdoor activities. However, it also brings an increase in tick activity.
Just as longer days mark the beginning of summer, so does the arrival of increased number of flies in feedlots. Flies are not only are an annoyance, they can reduce performance and worsen heat stress. Successful control strategies start with sanitation.
Fly control on dairies is an important pest management consideration that impacts the bottom line by affecting overall animal productivity and health.
Summer is here, and so are the opportunities to enjoy the long days and warm weather. Ticks and mosquitoes share the outdoors with us, and there are things you can do to prevent bites from both.
While it’s true that in South Dakota most West Nile Virus cases occur during August, new human infections are detected well into September in most years.
As we progress later into the summer, we commonly see an increase in horse fly activity.
Spring is coming and with calving season underway it is important to keep our eyes forward on to the next step in production.
Mosquito trapping efforts across the state in the last seven years showed that there are over 20 species of mosquitoes occurring in South Dakota, yet only two species dominate the surveillance data: Aedes vexans and Culex tarsalis.