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Buffalo fly

Lesion on a steer caused by a buffalo fly

Lesion on a steer caused by a buffalo fly

Buffalo fly are a serious pest to cattle producers in Northern Australia. In recent cattle industry surveys, producers have nominated buffalo fly as the major parasite problem of cattle.

Increased resistance to the synthetic pyrethroid (SP) range of chemicals by the buffalo fly population has meant that the effectiveness of some chemicals is greatly reduced. Combined with this, the prevalence of buffalo fly has fluctuated further south over recent years. At the same time chemical residues are becoming increasingly important in all food markets.

  • Control in cattle

    Buffalo fly has a similar geographical distribution to that of the cattle tick occurring along the coast and across the north.

  • Production losses

    Information about the extent of production losses in cattle due to buffalo fly