With 51,000 dairy farms in the U.S. and 97% of those being family owned and operated, the importance of ensuring the highest possible level of health and regulatory practices is necessary to maintain the integrity of the industry and its products.
Dairy farms, due to the inherent nature of the business, are susceptible to a number of environmental threats. One particular threat that can be incredibly detrimental to the livestock found on a dairy farm are ticks. Ticks are not only a nuisance; they also carry a high level of risk for cows in certain circumstances. For example, blacklegged ticks carry a dangerous bacteria that can lead to a reduction in the amount of milk produced by cows. If a cow is affected by a tick carrying harmful bacteria, it can have a detrimental impact on the small dairy farmers of America. It’s important dairy farm operators utilize tick control services to minimize the risks associated with ticks and keep their farm operating at a peak level of productivity.
There are a number of valuable measures dairy farmers can take on their own to prevent tick-related problems from occurring, for example keeping facilities clean and free of waste and tall grass, which are potential breeding grounds for ticks. While these measures may offer some protection from ticks, the most advisable course of action to avoid sick and infected cattle is to use the services of a professional mosquito control company, such as Mosquito Squad. In addition to providing mosquito-related services, a professional service provider like Mosquito Squad will often be able to offer natural solutions that pose no risk to the animals or the humans working on the farm and will eliminate ticks from the premises.
By keeping animals safe and healthy, not only is a dairy farmer able to reduce the extra costs associated with caring for sick animals, but the farmer can also rest assured that he or she is providing only the best milk to customers.