Fly control on livestock

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Re: Fly control on livestock

Postby BK9954 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:40 am

This works great for me. I spray them down when the flies get bad. Hit them with a spray bottle when they are eating cubes. Heck it kills flies when they are on the cattle. Most my cows know what it is and don't mind. One cow has half her tail bitten off. She stands as long as I spray, poor girl can't swipe them off her back. I use fly tags for the ears. Flies are not a problem.
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Re: Fly control on livestock

Postby Highpoint » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:59 pm

I have tested mineral oil with cedar oil and fulvic and been able to go up to ten days without spraying except for bull. I also have been spraying pasture with fulvic which is suppose to reduce flies by 60 percent. (Test results from Australia) We care for 8 cows 6 bulls right now and cattle across road handled by family employee has to spray every three days and even went to using strong stuff. Fulvic like garlic has sulfur and the fulvic smells like liquid smoke but makes their fur shine. I also put apple cider vinegar with de in tub by water. Flies hate smell of smoke vinegar (you won't want to put on fur just for drinking) and cedar oil.

I have also noticed the grasshoppers are fewer where I sprayed the fulvic. It is a new product a guy in Kansas is having me test.

The cedar oil was fairly expensive and also the mineral oil but thinking saving from less spraying and less cake to bring them up close. They come for cake because of molasses and wonder if one could just spray grass with it and save too.
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Re: Fly control on livestock

Postby kilroy60 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:49 am

It has been a tough year for flies no doubt. We always tag ours with Warrior tags. We will get 8 -10 weeks easily out of them. Always tag end of May and usually can get by without tagging again. We should have re-tagged first of Sept but we were fooled with a cool snap and thought fall was going to be early but we were fooled.
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Re: Fly control on livestock

Postby BK9954 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:41 am

kilroy60 wrote:It has been a tough year for flies no doubt. We always tag ours with Warrior tags. We will get 8 -10 weeks easily out of them. Always tag end of May and usually can get by without tagging again. We should have re-tagged first of Sept but we were fooled with a cool snap and thought fall was going to be early but we were fooled.

They say you are supposed to rotate the kind of tags you use from year to year as the flies can build up a resistance to the insecticide. They are "supposed" to last 6 months, I get about 4-5 out of mine, maybe due to the heat heat, not sure.
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