Feed Lot

JUN 2018

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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4 FEED•LOT June 2018 EDITOR'S DESK Call 800.466.1146 today or visit AgLoan.com A part of the Farm Credit System. Equal Opportunity Lender. When you need to purchase livestock, we're here to help with competitive rates, flexible terms, and service that's second to none. LIVESTOCK PURCHASE? ROUND UP THE EXPERTS. It doesn't matter if you're at your son's soccer game with the aromatic scent of bug spray to keep the mosquitoes away, or if you're at the feed yard and roll down your window for a quick conversation only to discover a few hundred flies want to take a trip with you – they are pests! As I write this, I have a herd of mosquitoes on my window screen. We've been blessed with moisture in my part of Texas, and as of this morning I would say the mosquitoes are out. No doubt, pests are a prob- lem for humans and animals alike. So each year, we take one issue of FEED•LOT Magazine and dedicate it to fighting these pesky critters. Inside this issue, you'll find ideas on parasite resistance, getting the most out of your premise spray and tips for using feed-through fly control. The economic impact of flies is quite astounding. Research shows horn flies cost producers $1 bil- lion – with a B – annually. These pesky suckers can feed 20 to 30 times a day with painful bites on a calf. Weaning weights have been proven 10 to 15 pounds higher when horn flies were controlled in the cow population, and the impact doesn't stop there. As yearlings, horn flies can reduce weights up to 18 percent. Stable flies also are a pain, liter- ally. Estimated annual losses due to stable flies are $2.2 million, with decreased milk production and up to .48 pounds per day in decreased weight gain. House flies transmit bacteria, and one of their biggest issues is annoying the neighbors! If you have a feed yard near your house or someone else's, you know how bothersome they are. Pest and parasite control costs money. And with some of "cattle country" struggling with drought conditions, it can be easy to let things slide for the sake of the bot- tom line. But considering the losses these critters can cause, and the im- portance of keeping your neighbors happy, it's worth figuring in control measures in your breakeven. Here's to a reduced fly and mos- quito season at your place. FL It's a BUGGY Time of Year.

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