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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: ORIGIN, DEVELOPMENT AND POPULATION GENETICS OF STABLE FLIES AFFECTING PASTURED AND CONFINED LIVESTOCK

Location: Agroecosystem Management Research

Title: Economic Impact of Stable Flies

Authors
item Taylor, David
item Berkebile, Dennis

Submitted to: Livestock Insect Work Conference
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: June 17, 2008
Publication Date: June 17, 2008
Citation: Taylor, D.B., Berkebile, D.R. 2008. Economic Impact of Stable Flies. In: 52nd Livestock Insect Workers Conference, June 15-18, 2008, Kansas City, Missouri. Section 5: Beef Cattle.

Interpretive Summary: A dynamic model was created to estimate the economic impact of stable flies on livestock production. Based upon a nationwide average of 10 stable flies per animal for 3 months per year, the model estimates the impact of stable flies to be $543 million to the dairy industry, $1.34 billion to pasture cattle and $144 million to feedlot cattle. The model is compared to previous estimates and the variables and assumptions used to arrive at these estimates are discussed.

Technical Abstract: A dynamic model was created to estimate the economic impact of stable flies on livestock production. Based upon a nationwide average of 10 stable flies per animal for 3 months per year, the model estimates the impact of stable flies to be $543 million to the dairy industry, $1.34 billion to pasture cattle and $144 million to feedlot cattle. The model is compared to previous estimates and the variables and assumptions used to arrive at these estimates are discussed.

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