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Farmers Warned Not to Play ‘Blowfly Lottery’

26 June 2015

UK - A delayed start to summer could catch out many sheep farmers holding off with flystrike treatment, animal health experts have warned.

Blowfly seasons are becoming ‘more unpredictable’ and can last longer and, in some years, start earlier than ever before, says Elanco Animal Health, developers of the Don’t Play the Blowfly Lottery campaign.

Aimed to help provide farmers with information on adapting control strategies, the campaign includes a video detailing the devastation blowfly strike can cause if not treated early.

Elanco has stressed that preventative treatment products are available such as Insect Growth Regulators and that delaying treatments represents a ‘serious risk’.

Katherine Openshaw Ruminant Marketing Manager at Elanco said: “Averting blowfly strike can be difficult due to the unpredictable weather in the UK and as a result many farmers get caught out by not treating their flock at the right time.

“Taking this gamble can cause great emotional and financial implications if sheep become infested as the animals will suffer if they are affected and a loss of production will often result as well.”

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