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Using genetics to fight Buffalo Fly

BUFFALO FLIES are estimated to cost the Australian beef and dairy industries about $99 million each year in lost production and treatment costs. There is also increasing fly resistance to many of the chemical control options.

Pamela Lawson
 Many and varied: While Bos Indicus cattle are more resistant to Buffalo Fly than other breeds, there will still be a wide variation in levels of resistance within a herd. Photo: Pamela Lawson

Many and varied: While Bos Indicus cattle are more resistant to Buffalo Fly than other breeds, there will still be a wide variation in levels of resistance within a herd. Photo: Pamela Lawson

But as RaynerAg's Alastair Rayner points out to Pamela Lawson, genetic selection may assist in the fight against Buffalo Fly. The Buffalo Fly, Haematobia irritans exigua, is a small, biting insect about...

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A growing series of reports, each focused on a key discussion point for the farming sector, brought to you by the Farming Ahead team.

A growing series of reports, each focused on a key discussion point for the farming sector, brought to you by the Farming Ahead team.

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