The current state of managing fly pests in livestock reveals a need for better understanding of underlying economics. A group of researchers in veterinary entomology, agricultural economics, and population modeling outline what’s needed to build a transdisciplinary IPM approach for controlling flies in animal production.
Meet Brandon Smythe, Ph.D., director at the Veterinary Entomology Research Laboratory at the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Smythe is the subject of the next installment of our “Standout Early Career Professionals” series.
In its effort to keep cattle fever ticks from escaping quarantine in five counties along the southern Texas border, researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have developed an overnight DNA test that can detect ticks' genetic indicators of resistance to permethrin, a common pesticide used to manage ticks.
A study in Tennessee found ticks on about one in six cattle and at livestock monitoring locations in all regions of the state, highlighting a "hidden health threat" to the cattle industry.