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For exclusive content and insider information, check the Altosid® IGR blog regularly to stay up to date with the latest in horn fly control and cattle health management.

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Achieve Your 2024 Fly Control Goals

The Altosid® IGR team can’t wait for NCBA January 31-February 2, 2024! Stop by our booth to get expert advice to achieve your 2024 fly control goals.
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Enhancing Cattle Performance with an IPM Approach

To optimize cattle performance and safeguard your bottom line, implementing an effective Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program is essential.
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Protecting Heifers from Horn Flies

Beef heifer mastitis is a potentially devastating issue for cattle herds, as it can quickly spread and have a huge impact on animal health and your bottom line.
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Keeping Horn Flies in Check with Altosid® IGR

To fit your unique needs, Altosid® IGR is formulated in a range of solutions to protect against horn fly infestations.
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Field-based Support and Solutions for Livestock

Central Life Sciences has a dedicated Technical Services Group that is focused on providing field-based support and solutions for livestock and insect control.
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Unmasking the Truth: Garlic's Limited Impact on Horn Fly Control in Pastured Cattle

The industry explored the use of garlic for managing horn flies, but Central Life Sciences revealed limited suppression of horn flies when garlic was utilized.
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Study Shows the Impact of Altosid® IGR on Horn Fly Populations in Manitoba

The Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives published their findings from a one-year study conducted to evaluate the efficacy of Altosid® IGR on horn fly populations
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Controlling Horn Flies to Prevent Mastitis

By controlling horn flies, producers can reduce the occurrence and impact of mastitis and blind quarters in their herd.
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Altosid® IGR the Labor-Free Solution for Horn Fly Control

Discover how Altosid® IGR provides a no-labor solution for controlling horn flies, eliminating the need for time-consuming cattle rounding.
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Spring into Action with the 30/30 Program

By adopting a "30/30" approach, producers can get ahead of fly populations in the spring before it exceeds the economic threshold.
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Improved Fly Control in 90 Days

We asked new users of Altosid® IGR to test the product’s horn-fly control in a 90-day trial and detailed their experiences in a follow-up survey.
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More Than Just Fly Control

At Central Life Sciences, we are more than just fly control. Hear from our team of experts on how we can help your operation.
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Prepare for Winter with the 30/30 Approach

When you need to account for the unpredictable nature of frost dates, Central Life Sciences recommends taking a "30/30" approach to fly control.
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Get Ready for Fly Season with an IPM Program

It's important to use a variety of fly traps, fly baits, on-animal treatments and feed-through fly control to manage disease-spreading fly populations.
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Identifying Horn Fly Infestations

Discover how to identify and control horn fly infestations on your operation to keep your cattle comfortable and your profits high.
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Controlled Field Study Finds Garlic Does Not Control Horn Flies as a Feed-Through

To test the viability of including garlic into cattle feed, we initiated a controlled field study and monitored the horn fly populations for 14 weeks.
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Altosid IGR: How It Works

To expand your knowledge on Altosid® IGR, we will be answering your most frequently asked questions and explaining how it works.
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Say goodbye to cattle handling with Altosid® IGR

With Altosid® IGR, there’s no need to round up or handle cattle because the animals spread the active ingredient as they graze.
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Be a Good Neighbor with Proper Fly Control

Be aware of the conditions of your operation and the number of horn flies around your cattle for the protection of your property and neighboring operations.
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Reducing your Herd’s Environmental “Hoofprint”

Reduce your herd's environmental "hoofprint" with Altosid® IGR; the ideal horn fly control choice for today's environmentally responsible cattle producer.
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Flies on beef cattle cause reduced weight gains, lower productivity, and decreased feed efficiency.

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Best Practices for Maximizing Beef Production

To maximize production on a beef operation, operators must have a comprehensive management plan in place.
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Feeling the Squeeze? Consider Altosid® IGR

The most convenient way to control horn flies in beef and dairy cattle on pasture is to give them a supplement or feed containing Altosid® IGR.
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Placing an emphasis on cooling your cattle during the warm summer months can pay huge dividends for the short and long-term health of your operation.

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Beat the Heat: Tips for Cooling Cattle and Maintaining Meat Production

The effects of heat stress in cattle cost the U.S. livestock industry billions of dollars every year, and those numbers are only going to increase as average summer temperatures continue to rise.
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Beef cattle require a number of minerals for optimal growth and reproduction.

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Choosing the Right Mineral Supplement for Your Herd

Looking to improve your cattle mineral program? Check out these quick cattle mineral tips.
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Pinkeye is a painful, debilitating condition that can cause significant reductions in cattle performance and value.

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Protecting Herd Health from Pinkeye

To protect against cattle diseases, it’s important to know the signs and implications of one of the most common cattle diseases spread by flies: pinkeye.
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ClariFly® Small Packs effectively controls stable flies, house flies, horn flies and face flies

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Come Rain or Shine: Altosid® IGR Field Study

Horn fly populations often increase on pasture cattle after heavy rainfall. We sent our team into the field to see the effect this has on Altosid® IGR.
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Don’t Fall Behind: Late Season Feeding 101

Without a fly control program in place, horn fly populations can swell up to 4,000 flies per animal.
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Altosid IGR has been proven to reduce costly blood losses from horn flies and promote healthy profits.

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Horn Flies and Blood Loss: Do the Math

When left untreated, a horn fly infestation of even 700 flies per animal can cause blood loss, increased cattle stress and annoyance.
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Infections not only impact current cattle productivity, they can impact the long-term herd profitability.

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Profit Starts with Successful Cattle Reproduction

Infections in beef heifers can lead to lower cow conception rates during the narrow windows of time available to conceive.
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Altosid® Small Packs: A Big Solution for Small Producers

Ideal for smaller operations dealing with horn flies, Altosid® Small Packs provide the same level of fly control that you've come to expect with Altosid® IGR.
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Now is the time for beef producers to prepare their cattle operations for winter.

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Prepare to Winterize Your Cattle Operation with This Helpful Checklist

When cattle have access to quality nutrition and facilities during the cold winter months, they are healthier, have more successful pregnancies and have better rates of gain.
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Cattle ranchers can improve grazing systems through small changes that result in increased cattle comfort and production, as well as more efficient feeding.

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Increase Cattle Comfort with These Four Grazing Tips

From a rotational grazing plan to fly control for cattle, follow these four tips for grazing to improve cattle comfort.
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Feed-Through Mixology: Mixing Tips for Altosid® IGR

Altosid® IGR can be relied upon to protect cattle from horn flies, but it must be administered correctly to maximize the efficacy of fly control.
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Horn Fly Impact on Milk Quality and Quantity

Fly management programs for beef operations are necessary to keep pests from impacting a herd and profits.
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Horn flies aren't the only pest affecting on-pasture cattle. Mosquitoes, ticks and fire ants may also be causing problems on your operation.

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Pests on Pasture: Horn Flies Aren't the Only Problem

Controlling horn fly populations on your operation is imperative to healthy cattle, but unfortunately, mosquitoes, ticks and fire ants are also pests on pasture.
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Flies on beef cattle cause reduced weight gains and decreased feed efficiency.

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IPM Tips for Beef Cattle

To keep cattle performing their best and to maintain control of your bottom line, an integrated pest management (IPM) program should be put into place.
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Make an Impact on Horn Flies without Impacting the Environment

Altosid® IGR is able to exert its effect at very small concentrations, making it an ideal fly control choice for today’s environmentally responsible producer.
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The life cycle of a fly from eggs to adult

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Breaking Down the Horn Fly Life Cycle

While the total life span of horn flies is slightly longer than one month, their populations expand quickly, causing infestations.
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Beef Heifer Mastitis: How Much Do You Know?

Without a fly management program in place, beef heifer mastitis can spread quickly throughout a herd, leading to blind quarters.
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Feeding Tips for Effective Horn-Fly Control

By following these feeding tips, you can ensure proper consumption of Altosid IGR to help decrease fly populations.
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By the Numbers: Study Confirms Altosid® IGR Improves Weight Gain

A recent stocker cattle study was conducted in northeast Oklahoma to observe the effects of Altosid® IGR on horn fly control, cattle mineral consumption and weight gain. Here is a breakdown of the study’s findings, by the numbers.
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A comparison of two cow illustrations, one covered in flies and the other with no flies

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Economic Threshold: How Many Flies is Too Many?

Altosid IGR has been proven to effectively control the biting pests and keep horn flies below the economic threshold.
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The torso of a cow covered in flies, alongside two others

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Three Benefits to Horn-Fly-Specific Control

When it comes to horn fly infestations on cattle, the best results are going to come from a product designed specifically to control horn flies, Altosid® IGR.
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RFD-TV Video

Watch our fly-control experts explain the benefits of Altosid® IGR, and hear how this feed-through horn fly solution has kept cattle more comfortable and profitable for Missouri cattleman Scott Betz.
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Protect Cattle From Horn Flies with the Original Feed-Through Larvicide

With more than 40 years of proven success, Altosid® IGR isn’t merely a leader among the class of feed-through insect growth regulators (IGRs).
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Cattle with flies swarming.

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A Story of Success in 90-Days

New users of Altosid® IGR tested the product’s horn-fly control in a 90-day trial where they detailed their experiences in a follow-up survey.
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Responding to the CFIA’s Ruling on Use of Garlic in Livestock Feeds

The CFIA has made a ruling on the use of garlic in livestock feeds, stating that “claims related to an insect repellent effect are not acceptable feed claims.”
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