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Control of headfly on sheep
  1. AJ Wright,
  2. DB Nichols and
  3. JA Badcock


Eighteen different treatments against sheep headfly (Hydrotaea irritans) were tested on Scottish blackface and Swaledale ewes and lambs. Gamma-HCH + paradichlorobenzene gave consistently better control than crotoxyphos cream. Pyrethroids in sprays or incorporated into eartags were relatively ineffective. Pyrethroid pour-ons gave good control, but in a year of low headfly attack they were not as effective as HCH + paradichlorobenzene. Liveweight gain was improved by treatment with HCH + paradichlorobenzene and significantly improved by treatment with deltamethrin pour-on.

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