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Blowfly Strike – The Facts

Elanco teamed up with the National Farm Research Unit to survey the nation’s data and opinions on blowfly strike – revealing the full extent and reach of this serious threat to every sheep farmer’s flock.

“The challenge in the industry is to understand the real specific impact of blowfly strike – that blowfly strike is not an inevitable part of farming and can be mostly avoided with the right management strategy” challenges Kate Heller, Technical Vet at Elanco. “There are no guarantees when it comes to blowfly strike – with significant levels identified into November, an essential part of any strategy, has to ensure an early treatment that extends right through the long season.”

Despite greater awareness, many still underestimate the risks of blowfly strike:

  • Extended and less predictable blowfly season.
  • The true cost of strike goes beyond treatment and is widely misunderstood.
  • Environmental factors are essential when predicting strike, but only a minority regularly check reports and trackers.

How do you compare to others in the industry? See how you compare with our downloadable PDF– also full of key information, industry discussion, and recommendations for protecting against blowfly.


Matt Blyth Discusses Blowfly Planning


1. National Farm Research Unit, Blowfly Study April 2018. Respondents: 150 farmers or decision makers from England, Scotland & Wales with 80% over 47. Even regional split, mixed enterprises, 500+ ewes.