Livestock production: How to control fly-borne diseases

Flies not only cause irritation, but can also transmit disease. This may happen either mechanically, as a result of picking up micro-organisms while feeding, or by being a biological vector – an intermediary host for micro-organisms. Culicoides midges are tiny insects, 1 mm to 3 mm in length. They occur…

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Pork production: Dealing with flies in your piggery

Question: Now that the weather has warmed up, I notice that there are lots of flies in my piggery. Is there anything I can do to control the flies? Fly control is an important part of biosecurity on a pig farm. Flies are a nuisance to the pigs and to…

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Harvesting insects for food

“Insects, like fly larvae, are also cost effective and produce a sustainable, high value product with no disadvantages en risks that we could identify so far." Although a great deal of money has been spent on getting rid of insects, they have been used as food for thousands of years.…

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