Flies are more than just an annoyance for calves in warm weather. High fly populations also can spread diseases among calves; cause stress and reduced immunity; and negatively impact growth and weight gain.
One lesson COVID-19 has taught our country is agriculture is essential. “We can't replace people getting up and doing the chores," says Dan Thomson, chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University.
Moisture came to about two-thirds of the country last week, dropping heavy precipitation from the southern Great Plains northeastward into the northern Appalachians. But many areas remains in significant drought.