Pest and Parasite Control –
The push is on to discuss and advertise pest and parasite control within the beef industry. Unfortunately, it is always the same old thing. No one within the status quo beef industry is willing to think beyond the heavy use of toxic chemicals. One advertisement said, “What doesn’t kill parasites makes them stronger.” That is exactly right! Cattle pests and parasites are becoming more and more resistant to more and more chemicals. Where will this end? Allow me to ask a simple question. WHO took care of cattle pests and parasites 200 years ago? Pests and parasites have always been around. They have coexisted with their host animals. Animals that did not have sufficient natural resistance did not survive or reproduce. That’s nature’s way! That’s survival of the fittest! And then man came along thinking he could improve on nature’s way. Man, in all his wisdom, has done nothing but create inferior cows and superior pests and parasites. Genetic pest and parasite resistance is one of many areas in which Pharo Cattle Company has assumed the leadership position. We have cowherds in 12 different states – from Minnesota to Texas and from Alabama to Montana. Most of those herds have gone two decades without being treated for parasites. Animals with inferior genetics have been replaced by animals that are genetically resistant to pests and parasites. We continue to be “Different for all the Right Reasons.” I don’t know of any other seedstock producers who are selecting and breeding for genetic pest and parasite resistance. We have been working on this for over 20 years. In the last 15 years, we have evaluated and scored well over 10,000 bulls for genetic fly resistance. While other seedstock producers continue to use toxic chemicals to cover up their inferior genetics, we are helping you solve the problem with genetics.
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