Improved Livestock Productivity = Financial Security The Problem: Flies! ZeroFly® Livestock is one of the most suitable option for penned animals, including dairy cows and pigs, to prevent attack from flies, mosquitoes, and midges Flies create large-scale havoc while often undetected as the cause Biting and House flies Biting Fly Tsetse fly – trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) Stable fly – mastitis Agitation results in reduced milk production Cow defensive motions cause weight loss, poor feed efficiency House Fly Implicated in transmission of 65 diseases Spreads mastitis Transmits Pink Eye Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome Virus Implicated with diarrheal diseases caused by bacteria HOW IT WORKS Studies show flies travel at low levels and will land on the fabric when approaching the animal shelters SCREEN Pour-on /dips Sprays Coils/ smoke Controls flies before they reach animals Single application, year long effect, easy to apply No dose calculation based on animal weight No spills or drift No smell No pesticide residues in/on animals Cost effective, less than USD 0.01/day/animal Mosquito (Aedes aegypti) Mosquitoes held for 24 hr • The proven insecticide, deltamethrin, kills flies and mosquitoes that land on the fabric. • A 10-20 second exposure to the treated surface is sufficient to kill most flies. Although time to death varies between fly species, they die within 24 hrs. Cattle Defense against Biting Flies 80% fewer defensive movements in shelters lined with treated netting Flies on Cattle 77% fewer flies on animals at the 10-week point • • • • • Measure perimeter of shed/pen/sty; then cut the required length of ZeroFly® Livestock from roll. Nail to bottom boards of pen; stretch and nail to highest board of pen. Keep bottom of fence 10 cm above ground. Pull the fence tight to avoid sagging. Do not over stretch. Wear gloves and protective clothing to avoid potential irritation to eyes or skin. Wash skin with soap and rinse after contact. For livestock in concrete and brick shelters: Attach Fence on top of the wall, using multiple fixation points. Proper maintenance is the key to long-lasting fly control with Livestock. Vegetation: Keep a five meter perimeter around the shelter clear of vegetation. Cleaning: Dirt interferes with exposure of flies to insecticide, so the surface of the fence must be kept clean. Use a cloth or soft broom to wipe the fence when dirt layer becomes visible. Fence can also be washed with water. • Increases milk quality by less contamination from flies • Increases milk yield by having calmer cows • In case of Tsetse control, allows use of high yield exotic breeds • Improves sanitation conditions, especially when installed around manure piles • Eliminates concern for insecticide residues in meat or milk • Prevent diseases spread by flies, reduce veterinary expenses • Reduces nuisance flies around the family at home and neighbors of the community • Provides peace of mind for an extended amount of time • What does ZeroFly® Livestock control? • The insecticide control all major livestock flies, mosquitoes, and midges when they land on the screen. • How quickly does it kill flies? • A 10-20 second exposure to the treated surface is sufficient to kill most flies. However, time to death varies between fly species and may take up to 24 hrs. • How safe is the insecticide? • It is approved by FAO for agricultural use and WHO for use in public health. It is considered safe. • What is SCREEN made of? • SCREEN is a polyethylene polymer with insecticide incorporated into the yarns. The plastic was chosen to provide a measured dose continuously at the surface. The textile is rugged enough for outdoor use. • What is the lifespan of the fabric? • SCREEN will remain effective for one year or more after installation depending upon environmental conditions • What effect does the sun have on SCREEN? • UV stabilizers are added to the formulation to insure longevity of the product. • How is it installed? • Install fence according to the VF installation guide. SCREEN can be cut to custom lengths and installed by farm labor using a hammer and nails. • How large can the pen be? • A height of one meter is sufficient to prevent most flies from getting into the shelter. The maximum perimeter distance has not been established but SCREEN will work in most situations where animals are kept permanently penned • How is it maintained? • Install SCREEN 10 cm above the soil to reduce dirt buildup. Keep vegetation trimmed near the shelter to eliminate fly resting areas. Keep material clean using a soft broom or washing occasionally with water to prevent buildup of dust. Keeping dirt and dust off the material prevents interference between insecticide on surface and the resting insects • Can it be safely discarded? • At the end of useful life SCREEN may have, at most, a trace of insecticide and can be disposed per local guidelines for plastic materials. Alternatively the material can be used for other farm purposes such as fencing around gardens or mulch to prevent erosion.