The cost of fly strike to sheep farmers is considerable. Apart from animal deaths, other costs include: labour and chemicals for control, reduced wool value and poorer animal performance. Also, there is a cost in animal suffering and potential for chemical contamination of wool. Furthermore, fly resistance to currently available forms of chemical control is increasing. A complementary approach to controlling fly strike is to enhance the animal’s genetic resistance via selection.
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 57, , 41-42, 1997
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