The april 2016 video fly control on pastured cattle highlights management options for flies on pastured cattle for current nebraska control recommendations please see nebraska management guide for insect pests of livestock and horses ec1550 pdf 365kb on the department of entomologys livestock entomology page . Horn flies are small 3 16 inch long dark gray flies that feed on cattle and occasionally horses both sexes are blood feeders taking 20 or more blood meals each day with their stiff needle like mouthparts. While these products can be effective in killing the larvae they dont kill the adult flies so if your cattle are close to a neighbor who isnt using fly control you may continue to see adult flies. Natural methods for cattle fly control tweet spring is almost here before temperatures start to rise its important to have a fly control plan in place for your cattle herd flies are not only an annoyance to your herd but they can also have a dramatic impact on your bottom line according to montana state university extension horn flies . Horn flies are one of the most economically important pests of domestic cattle they cause billions of dollars of damage and loss to the cattle industry each year the horn fly is a small blood feeder found in constant association with grazing cattle and in smaller numbers on drylot or indoor cattle
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