DCHA’s June 4 webinar addresses fly control and its economic impact

DCHA’s June 4 webinar addresses fly control and its economic impact

The next Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) webinar focuses on fly control. Scheduled for June 4, starting at 2 p.m. Central time, Richard “Rick” Hack, an independent business consultant with RJH Consulting LLC, will serve as the lead presenter. His expertise lies in controlling insects on dairy animals and within their facilities.

A nuisance to animals and people, adult flies continue to lay eggs if adult fly and larval populations are not controlled. Eliminating all fly breeding material is not feasible to prevent adults from repopulating. However, controlling larvae is a proactive process that helps prevent adult flies from laying eggs and repopulating. Thus, Hack recommends continuously managing larvae and adult flies throughout fly season. “Program success is dependent on using the right products at the right time in the right way,” says Hack.

During the webinar, Hack will discuss flies found on animals and their facilities, the economic impact of flies on animals, and how to control flies. In addition, he will describe effective integrated pest management programs, which include inspection, sanitation, treatment and monitoring. Inspection involves identifying adult fly species on a dairy, developing a facility diagram and recording where adult flies live, and identifying potential breeding areas. Sanitation includes removing fly breeding areas, such as around manure and feed areas, and near calf hutches, water containers, lagoons and fences. For a treatment program, learn how larvicides can be used in conjunction with adulticides to successfully control flies.

“Use fly control products at the right time, in the right way for the right fly,” says Hack. To wrap up the webinar, Hack will explain how to monitor the effectiveness of a fly control program.

Hack earned a master’s degree from Clemson University in veterinary entomology and an MBA from Wilmington College. His current role includes providing global marketing and technical support to the animal health industry.

To register for the webinar, go HERE and follow the prompts. As the webinar approaches, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to log in to participate.

This webinar is sponsored by Elanco. The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association does not support one product over another and any mention is not an endorsement by DCHA.

If you are a DCHA member and cannot attend the live program, you may access the webinar through DCHA’s online Member Center. This is a new DCHA member benefit. To access the webinar, DCHA members need to visit HERE and enter their username and password.

For more information about DCHA’s webinars, e-mail Sue Schatz, DCHA member services director, at: sue@calfandheifer.org. Follow DCHA on social media or visit the DCHA website to learn about future webinars.

The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association was founded in 1996 based on the mission to help dairy producers, calf managers and those professionally focused on the growth and management of dairy calves and heifers. With a national membership of producers, allied industries and research leaders, DCHA seeks to provide the industry’s standards for profitability, performance and leadership, serving as a catalyst to help members improve the vitality and viability of their individual efforts and that of their business.

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