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  • Joined Nov 2010
First fly strike of the season!
« on: May 13, 2017, 09:51:02 am »
Spotted the first case of flystrike with our flock the morning. We're in Devon, so it's bound to be early in the season, but it was always going to happen after this recent warm wet flush.

We were trying to hold off on crovect until after the shearer, but he can't come now for a couple of weeks. Checked with him first to make sure he doesn't mind working with 2 week old crovecty fleece.

Keep your eyes peeled folks!
Voss Electric Fence


  • Joined Apr 2014
  • Mid Wales
  • Owner of 61 Mediterranean water buffaloes
Re: First fly strike of the season!
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2017, 10:02:58 am »
Will do. Weather has been hot here and then over these 2 days lovely showers, still warm too so will keep a vigorous eye out. I am thinking of booking shearer end of this month, maybe? All but 3 have finished lambing now :)
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  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: First fly strike of the season!
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2017, 10:05:52 am »
Thanks for the warning.

You probably don't supply your fleeces to handspinners or other crafters, but if you do, please be sure to tell them they've been crovected and, if they still want them. that the fleeces should be thoroughly washed and air dried before handling.  (Shearers are in contact with each fleece for a couple of minutes; crafters for hundreds of hours. ;))
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  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: First fly strike of the season!
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2017, 11:36:35 am »
I had a bad case of strike this week too in Cornwall. Shearing early next week luckily and the ewes are in.

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: First fly strike of the season!
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2017, 12:05:00 pm »
Nights are still quite cool here but we ad a cloudburst on Thursday so if it gets warm the flies will really kick in.  The Badger Face/Southdown lambs are well fleeced so as soon as I see more than 6 greenbottles in a day they'll be Cliked.  Shearing is scheduled for Tuesday.


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