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The Pesky Truth

The Pesky Truth

“You can’t control pests if you aren’t controlling your facility. Your first line of defense is always a clean barn.” By Aly McClure for American Dairymen

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s we move into the warmer months, we must realize the inevitable is coming sooner rather than later. Flies and pests of all types will be making their debut. If you have struggled with pest control in the past, this is the year to take control. Exposure to insects and mites causes lowered feed conversion resulting in lowered milk production. They can also put cattle at risk for developing pathogenic microorganisms that can cause hide damage and blood loss. Effective pest control begins with a clean facility and then is complimented by chemicals and parasites usage. As I have said before, you cannot disinfect filth.

The stress on the animal caused by pests can be enough to delay reproduction and stagnate your milking herd. We are in the game of ef f iciently producing milk. Therefore we need to take the measures that help us continue to do just that. Providing a comfortable environment for your cattle not only helps keep your milk production where it needs to be, but * Continued on page 26

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