One of summer's biggest pests is causing some costly problems in the pasture.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin explains.
These summer days cows are doing a lot of tail swishing and standing in mud like this to get these pests off their backs.
(Dr. Troy Dutton / Steele Vet Clinic) "This year compared to previous years, we have seen a big increase in the flies and I think that's because we have seen such cool wet weather in the spring. It's been kinda warm and dry so there's been a huge fly problem this year."
Dr. Troy Dutton at Steele Vet Clinic sees the major problems these little insects can create.
(Dr. Troy Dutton / Steele Vet Clinic) "Pink eye has really exploded two to three times what we have seen last year, the foot rot we just won't know until the end of the year. But, it seems like there is an increase this year."
Dutton says problems like foot rot and pink eye can also result in major weight loss.
(Dr. Troy Dutton / Steele Vet Clinic) "Fly control is huge. Anywhere from 30-40 pounds if animals are fighting flies instead of grazing."
(Sarah Gustin / firstname.lastname@example.org) "It's tracks like these that are a sure sign that your cows are probably spending a lot more time in the water than you think."
(Dr. Troy Dutton / Steele Vet Clinic) "Flies will transmit pink eye from herd to herd or animal to animal. They also if they are fighting flies they are going to spend time in any time of water source or muddy area and that does increase the instance of foot rot."
Dutton says your best line of defense is fly control products like these and keeping a close eye on your herd.
Dutton recommends checking your herd at least a couple times a week and consulting with your local veterinarian to find a fly control product that's working in your area.