Fly Season Brings Pinkeye
What’s the issue?
- When flies are in season, so are Pinkeye infections.
What’s the impact?
- Flies are the main transmitter of Pinkeye in cattle.
- Pinkeye is painful and spreads rapidly amongst your herd.
- If the infection of Pinkeye is severe, the infected animal can lose the eye and will use the ability to see.
- Severe pain decreases appetite in cattle which can lead to a decrease in weight gain and potentially milk loss in lactating cows.
- There are many products out there to help eliminate flies including: pour ons, baits, premise sprays, feed additives and fly predators, which are a non-invasive insect that feed on a pest insect’s pupae.
- Vaccinate your cattle against the common strains of pinkeye prior to fly season. Work with your veterinarian on the appropriate vaccine to use.
- If you have vaccinated your cattle and are stilling having outbreaks of pinkeye, culturing the eye to see exactly what strain of pinkeye you are dealing with may be beneficial.
- Having an autogenous vaccine created is an option that should be discussed with your veterinarian.