Flies have the potential to transmit diseases and harm animal well-being, especially in densely populated animal production environments. This is why an integrated fly management programme, targeting fly populations at different phases of development is essential.
In this episode, Dr Didi Claassen, head of pathology at Afrivet, and Dr Sakhi Nkosi, a technical veterinarian, share how an integrated management programme works and why farmers need one.
Even though flies are seen as a nuisance they are essential to the ecosystem, but because farming systems are intensifying, knowing how to control flies is key for a successful production.
“The effects of flies can either be direct, meaning the flies are irritating the animals or they can bite the animals and cause tissue damage. The impact can be direct or indirect,” Nkosi explains.
Catching up with this week’s #SoilSista
This week, Ellen Kaweng, a second-generation farmer from Hartswater in the Northern Cape, whose passion for agriculture runs deep within her roots. With unwavering determination and a fierce spirit, she has defied the odds, breaking barriers in a male-dominated space.
In this episode, they also discuss:
- Advice about fly management for herd health management:
- Key steps in an integrated management programme:
- And some of the most important preventive measures to implement
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