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Evaluation of three synthetic pyrethroids in the control of sheep headfly disease
  1. WT Appleyard,
  2. JT Williams and
  3. R Davie


Deltamethrin (0.01 per cent) applied to the heads of lambs and gimmers at 30 day intervals on two separate farms failed to control damage caused by the sheep headfly , Hydrotaea irritans. Permethrin (0.1 per cent) applied to gimmers at monthly intervals achieved a slight reduction in severity of damage but protection did not extend beyond 14 days. Polyvinyl chloride tags containing 8.5 per cent cypermethrin reduced damage in gimmers to a very low level with protection lasting throughout the summer. Weight gains of lambs suffering headfly damage were significantly less than unaffected lambs.

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