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| 2012 Beef Management Calendar Now Available
WSU Extension has released the Beef Management Calendar for 2012. This customizable, month-at-a-glance calendar comes with instructions on how to set up a useful reference for your cattle production operation, including economic, feeding, breeding, calving, herd health, and other management concerns.
Ag Team Newsletter Features Horn Fly Article
Summer 2010 WSU Animal Agriculture Extension Newsletter features
an article by Dr. Holly Ferguson entitled A New Way of Looking
at Horn Fly Control, in which she discusses horn flies and
face flies, utilization of digital photography in assessing fly
counts, and methods of fly control.
Risk Management Agency Cattle Partnership Concludes
four-year partnership between WSU researchers and the Federal
Crop Insurance Corporation's Risk Management Agency has concluded.
The project laid the fuondation for a science-based IPM program
for Pacific Northwest rangeland cattle, including research into
beef measles, rotational grazing, pesticide impacts on beneficial
fauna, a novel fly control system involving pesticide-impregnated
netting, and two entirely new research methods for tracking flies.
The project is summarized in this May 2010 report.
More than One Way to Count Flies!
Holly Ferguson discusses the importance of fly counts in determining
thresholds for IPM in livestock and introduces a more accurate,
labor-saving counting technique under development. This technique
uses digital photography and a grid pattern. The seminar, A
Thousand Points of Flies, was presented December 2008.
Grazing -- Effective or No?
Studies of Dung Fauna from Cow Pats, presented by Dr.
George Peck in November 2008, shows deployment of our immunomarking
technique to track movement of horn and face flies toward an
understanding of the impacts of rotational grazing on pest
Catch a Fly
George Peck's poster, Mark/Recapture Studies of Musca
autumnalis, presented at the 56th Annual Entomological Society
of America's Meeting in Reno, Nevada, in November 2008 shows
how we track movement of flies with an immunomarking technique.
Flies on the Rise?
out by reading Dr. Holly Ferguson's Black
Flies on the Rise article in the Summer 2008 edition
of the Washington Animal Agriculture Team's Round-up newsletter.
Holly Ferguson presented this Powerpoint presentation,
Diversity and Seasonal Abundance of Pest Diptera in Washington
State Cattle Pastures, 2006-2007,
on June 17, 2008 at the Livestock Insect Workers Conference in
Kansas City, MO.
Highlights Expanding Partnerships in Cattle Research
poster, presented March 2008, describes the partnership
between Washington State University, the USDA FCIC Risk Management
Agency, and the CSREES Pest Management Alternatives Program (PMAP).
The RMA work is well underway, and the PMAP work has enabled
our team to expand into new research arenas. To view a miniature
version of this poster, click
here or on the image at left.
2007 Edition of WSU Livestock Round-Up
Summer 2007 issue of the Washington Animal Agriculture Team
and Washington State University Extension's newsletter is still
available on-line, including an exposé on
the secret lives of dung pats and the ecosystems therein, "Bessie,
What Have You Dung for
Me Lately?" At right: field researchers
floating beetles out of dung pats; field researcher examining
on Cattle Pest Work Presented at 2007 LIWC Conference
first year of a three-year partnership between Washington State
University and the USDA FCIC Risk Management Agency is presented
in this engaging poster. The poster highlights the accomplishments
of various team members and explains the pest management work
completed so far. To view a miniature version of this poster,
click here or on the image at left.
Edition of WSU Livestock Round-Up
Washington Animal Agriculture Team and Washington State University
Extension have released their May
2007 Newsletter. Articles include discussion of horn fly
and face fly on cattle, recognizing and treating colic in horses,
identifying and eradicating scrapie in sheep and goats, and
three pasture management articles (controlled grazing, grazing
for weed control, and the merits of grazing stock on forage kochia).
Extension Bulletin Surveys Pest Management Practices
research team conducted a survey of Washington State beef cattle
producers in the fall and winter of 2005/2006 to assess cattle
pest prevalence and pest control product use and effectiveness.
The resulting data were analyzed and are presented in Washington
State University Extension Bulletin EB2017E, Survey
to Assess Parasite and Fly Control Methods Utilized by Washington
Beef Cattle Producers*. The document is available free
of charge as a PDF download. It includes a brief overview of
the state’s beef cattle industry. describes the major internal
and external parasites/pests, and summarizes the results of our
survey. The data will serve as a foundation toward addressing
increasing concerns among cattle producers about inefficient
and unsustainable pest management practices.
Poster Presented at Livestock Insect Workers Conference
June 2006, our team presented preliminary results of our cattle
producer survey at the national Livestock Insect Workers'
Conference in Amarillo, Texas. View a miniature version of
this poster by clicking
here or on the poster image at right. These survey results
are summarized in the 16-page Extension Bulletin publication
3-Year Research Project began in 2006 to reduce risk
in rangeland beef cattle production. This
poster explains the basic parameters of the research and
outlines the deliverables planned by the IPM Livestock Team
in charge of the project. Directed by Dr. Doug Walsh, the research
now underway will address internal and external pests identified
as most economically important by Washington State rangeland
beef producers. This project is funded by and conducted in partnership
with the USDA Federal Crop Insurance Corporation's Risk Management
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