Cattle Fly Control

Cattle Fly Control options available at Hillendale Quality Feeds. Ways to control flies on beef cattle are more diverse than ever. Natural and biological practices now offer options along with chemical control methods of pour-ons, sprays, dust bags, back rubbers, and insecticide ear tags

Horn flies, face flies, and stable flies are not just irritants to livestock but are economically important to producers due to negative impacts on milk production and calf weaning weights. In addition, they can affect grazing distribution and transmit eye diseases such as pinkeye and infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR). It is difficult to predict what fly levels will be like for any given year, but hot, dry weather usually results in high numbers. It is important to understand the identification and life cycles of pests affecting livestock in order to choose the most effective control options.


      Cattle Fly Control Options available at HQD
  • Pour on
  • Dust Bags
  • Rub on
  • Spray on
  • Fly Tags
  • Mineral
Ultra Saber 30 oz
For long-lasting residual control of lice and horn flies on beef cattle and calves. A broad-spectrum pest management insecticide to control horn flies and lice. Pour-on insecticide for beef cattle & calves.
For Control of Horn Flies and Lice. Do not apply to lactating or dry dairy cows. Do not apply – this product to face of beef cattle or calves.
  • It contains the highly bioactive pyrethroid lambdacyhalothrin.
  • Convenient Squeeze ‘N’ Measure bottle dosing or use with automatic dosing systems, only two dosing sizes.
  • Economical, low-dosage volume.


Exit Gold Synergized:
Controls lice and flies on beef cattle, lactating and nonolacting dairy cattle and calves. When applied as a pour-on , mist spray or back rubber. Controls keds on sheep and lambs when applied as a pour-on . Controls flies on horses when applies as a wipe-on , pour on or ready to spray.
Permectin Dust Bag
Dust Bags help to controls horn flies and lice and aids in the control of face flies on horses, swine and cattle. Controls fleas, ticks and lice on dogs. Also controls lice on swine, northern fowl mites, fleas, ticks and lice found in bedding, cracks and crevices. Contains 0.25% permethrin. The advantage of a dust bag or rub is that, if placed at a site where all cattle must use it, it can provide very economical control of face and horn flies. Proper placement and keeping it charged with insecticide are the keys.
Martin’s Permethrin 10%
 An effective multi-purpose insecticide for livestock and pets, Martin’s Permethrin 10% Insecticide controls flies, lice, fleas, and mites. It provides a quick knockdown on a broad spectrum of insects with an effective residual for up to 28 days. For use on cattle, including lactating dairy cows, horses, swine, poultry, sheep and dogs
  • For use on cattle, including lactating dairy cows, horses, swine, poultry, sheep and dogs
  • Controls flies, fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, lice, mites, cockroaches, spiders, keds and mange
  • Broad-spectrum insecticide
  • Residual control for up to 28 days


Starbar Prolate Lintox HD Quart & Gallon
Controls horn flies, lice, sarcoptic mange and ticks on beef and non-lactating dairy cattle; lice and sarcoptic mange on swine. Prolate Lintox HD contains the organophosphate insecticide Phosmet. Effective as a back rubber and spray for livestock
that controls pests such as horn flies, lice, mange mites, and ticks.

  • For use on beef and non-lactating dairy cattle
  • Do not treat non-lactating dairy cattle within 28 days of freshening


Fly Tags
Newer-generation fly tags that contain a higher concentration of insecticide are quite helpful in quite helpful in controlling fly populations. Use pyrethroid tags for two consecutive years, then switch to an organophosphate tag for one year to reduce pyrethroid resistance. Follow label directions on the number of tag cow.
  • Tag animals as late as possible to ensure maximum effectiveness when horn flies are present. Do not tag earlier than June 1st.
  • Do not use the same type of insecticide tag two years in a row.
  • Tag mature cows and weaned calves, but there is no need to tag nursing calves. Horn flies typically do not bother calves.
  • Remove used tags at the end of the season. This will help reduce the incidence of horn fly resistance.
  • Use high quality tags. Inexpensive tags are generally not as effective.


In Conclusion:

There are many products on the market for fly control. Sitting down with your Extension beef specialist and or herd health veterinarian to develop a plan to control flies is the best recipe for success. Using just one strategy from the above list likely won’t give you the results you anticipate. A multifaceted approach is best for attaining your goal of “controlling” flies. The staff at HQF is very familiar with fly control in cattle. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help find a solution that works for you.

Remember, you can’t eliminate fly problems, but you can lessen their negative impact.  No matter which fly control method you use, make sure you have a plan in place well before flies emerge. Waiting until flies are present can impact cattle performance and productivity.

Aside from fly control, keep these cattle mineral supplement considerations, such as McNess Bova Beef 6 with Altosid in mind to help your cattle achieve greatness.

Our team has years of experience and expertise to help you with all your feed needs, from small domestic animals to your livestock feed needs. Give us a call or stop in, we will be happy to find the right feed for your needs.

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