Fly Control Costs on Northern California Poultry Ranches

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The average cost of fly control for 1 year (1962) on 10 poultry ranches was 7.4¢/bird/year. Manure management costs averaged 6.5¢/bird/year (range 3.5–13.8¢/bird/year), whereas insecticide costs averaged 1.36¢/bird/year (range 0.3–3.6¢/bird/year). Overhead costs (depreciation, interest, taxes and insurance on equipment specifically purchased for fly control) were included in the overall cost analyses. Fly control (good, fair, or poor) was good where manure management was conscientiously practiced and fair or poor where manure was removed only occasionally or once yearly. The degree of fly control was not related to cost, but on a per-bird-per-year basis costs were higher on smaller ranches.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1965

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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