St. Joseph, MO – Cattle producers have numerous options when it comes to selecting the management practices that work best for their operation. BioZyme® has always made it a priority to offer products that can be used by a wide array of producers to fit their specific needs. As producers plan their fly control needs, BioZyme offers several different VitaFerm® mineral products that will help combat flies.
The first option available is Altosid® IGR Feed-Thru, a popular choice to prevent the breeding of horn flies in the manure of treated cattle. However, for this product to be most effective, it should be used 30 days prior to the last frost. Often our team will hear from producers that are still seeing flies when using IGR. You must remember that IGR is for the management of horn flies and you may be seeing other fly species. Also, it is extremely important that mineral intake is at the appropriate level in order for that cow to get the correct amount of IGR.
BioZyme offers mineral options with fly control in both the VitaFerm® Concept•Aid® and VitaFerm® HEAT™ product lines. Both of these mineral lines contain organic chelated minerals, and Amaferm®, a natural prebiotic designed to maximize the nutritional value of feed, however these two brands target different production phases.
VitaFerm Concept•Aid is designed to be fed 60 days pre-calving through 60 days post-breeding. VitaFerm Concept•Aid 5/S AUREO 3G IGR and VitaFerm Concept•Aid 5/S IGR both contain IGR to prevent the breeding of horn flies in the manure of treated cattle. It should be noted though, that the former product does contain AUREO 3G (CTC), which requires a VFD through your veterinarian. Be sure you have a solid working relationship with your veterinarian and local feed store to ensure you can work this product into your management program. Research has shown that the irritation and reduced milk intake from horn fly infestation can cause 20-25 pounds lower weaning weights as compared to cows treated with Altosid® IGR.
If you are looking to avoid a VFD or are more interested in a natural fly control product, you might consider the VitaFerm HEAT™ products. VitaFerm HEAT reduces heat stress during temperatures of 70 degrees and above, or anytime cattle are grazing fescue. But, from a fly control standpoint, VitaFerm HEAT includes garlic, a natural insect repellent. With this product, you will still see flies and insects hovering around your cattle, but they will not be making contact with their hide. For those interested in HEAT with IGR, that option also exists. For help selecting the right HEAT product, contact the Area Sales Manager in your area or your nearest dealer.
Regardless of the route you choose, combining a fly control product with Amaferm will ensure that your cattle see maximum performance and gains during spring and summer grazing season.
For more information about these fly control options or any BioZyme products, visit www.biozymeinc.com