Fly Management in the Organic Dairy Pasture Webinar by eOrganic

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About the Webinar

If left uncontrolled, external arthropod pests such as flies, lice, mites, and grubs on organic dairy farms can negatively impact animal health and production on organic dairy farms. Organic Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for these and other pests begins with proper identification of pests, understanding their biology, and realizing their importance in the production process. Once identified, pest populations are monitored and assessed to determine if the population requires management to reduce potential damage.

In this webinar, Dr. Donald Rutz and Keith Waldron of the New York State IPM Program will address several fly pests that attack cattle while they are out on pasture, especially horn, face, and stable flies. Each has distinctive habits, life histories, and management options.

About the Presenters

Dr. Donald Rutz and J. Keith Waldron work with the New York State (NYS) Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program, part of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Dr. Rutz is the director of the NYS IPM Program and is a professor of veterinary entomology with more than 30 years of research and extension experience working on IPM issues that affect dairy, beef and poultry production. Keith Waldron is the program's Livestock and Field Crops IPM Coordinator where he develops and implements livestock and field crops IPM programs across New York. They recently helped to publish the Integrated Pest Management Guide for Organic Dairies as an outline of practices for the management of external arthropod pests such as flies, lice, mites and grubs on organic dairy farms.

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Title: Fly Management in the Organic Dairy Pasture
Date of live event: Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET

Published June 16, 2011

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