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Controlling tsetse with insecticide-treated cattle
Do I need to treat all my cattle?
No you do not and, in fact, you should not do so for two reasons.
So by treating only the older and larger animals we not only allow cattle to develop resistance to tick-borne diseases but also apply the insecticide to the cattle that are more likely to be bitten by tsetse.
As a general rule, you should just treat half the herd, selecting the bigger animals.
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Torr, S.J., Prior, A., Wilson, P.J. & Schofield, S.
(2007). Is there safety in numbers? The effect of cattle herding on biting
risk from tsetse flies. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 15,
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