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Re: Flies flies flies

Post by Bright Raven » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:32 pm

I use UltraBoss for my primary fly control. It absolutely eliminates horn flies. But in my experience, it is less effective for face flies and stable flies. I keep flies under pretty good control by treating with UltraBoss about once a month and using a hand pump garden sprayer with Martin's 1% Synergized Permethrin. I cut it just about 80/20 with diesel fuel. I use the Martin's on an as needed basis.


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Re: Flies flies flies

Post by Little Cow » Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:58 am

Anyone else use fly predators? They worked great at our old place because the neighbors were far away. We are closer to other people's livestock now, so not as effective. The only trick is to keep your hens out of the compost pile. Unless, of course, you use your hens to control the flies in the first place. We use much less pour on products with the predators on patrol.

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Re: Flies flies flies

Post by alisonb » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:15 am

Brookhill Angus wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:24 pm
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I've been wondering about those and how effective they are. They sure look like more fun than what I've been doing.
Don't use it if rain is forecasted minutes later, but instead get a decent window where you think it won't rain for 3-5 days and treat them. The flies are gone in minutes. I shoot our bulls twice with them, one on each side, and they look spotless in 15 minutes, and that's saying something for bulls which seem to have a lot more flies than the females.
Man I've seen flies on your animals in the videos you have posted...you had better be telling the truth :P :lol:
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Re: Flies flies flies

Post by Brookhill Angus » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:41 am

alisonb wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:15 am
Brookhill Angus wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:24 pm
jschoolcraft86 wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:13 pm
I've been wondering about those and how effective they are. They sure look like more fun than what I've been doing.
Don't use it if rain is forecasted minutes later, but instead get a decent window where you think it won't rain for 3-5 days and treat them. The flies are gone in minutes. I shoot our bulls twice with them, one on each side, and they look spotless in 15 minutes, and that's saying something for bulls which seem to have a lot more flies than the females.
Man I've seen flies on your animals in the videos you have posted...you had better be telling the truth :P :lol:
They would be far worse than what you see if I didn’t use the Vet Gun..

When it rains every few days, and is above 90 most of the time, flies have a perfect environment.

My mineral has Rabon, I use Vet Gun, and I use a pour on sparingly.

Talk to BR, he’s in my area and has seen my cattle, flies are BAD this year.

Using the Vet Gun ahead of rain is useless. You need a few dry days, which we rarely have.

Maybe I should only post photos with every fly removed with photoshop, you know people do that right?
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Re: Flies flies flies

Post by alisonb » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:47 am

Brookhill Angus wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:41 am
Maybe I should only post photos with every fly removed with photoshop, you know people do that right?
That may take a very long time, precious time :P
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Re: Flies flies flies

Post by alisonb » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:57 am

NEFarmwife wrote:
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I messaged my nutritionist about garlic.
You going to start eating garlic? :D
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Re: Flies flies flies

Post by shaz » Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:34 pm

Little Cow wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:58 am
Anyone else use fly predators? They worked great at our old place because the neighbors were far away. We are closer to other people's livestock now, so not as effective. The only trick is to keep your hens out of the compost pile. Unless, of course, you use your hens to control the flies in the first place. We use much less pour on products with the predators on patrol.
Can you elaborate some on this? Are you saying you keep chickens in with your cows?
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Re: Flies flies flies

Post by Little Cow » Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:35 pm

shaz wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:34 pm
Little Cow wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:58 am
Anyone else use fly predators? They worked great at our old place because the neighbors were far away. We are closer to other people's livestock now, so not as effective. The only trick is to keep your hens out of the compost pile. Unless, of course, you use your hens to control the flies in the first place. We use much less pour on products with the predators on patrol.
Can you elaborate some on this? Are you saying you keep chickens in with your cows?
No. We compost our manure outside of the cow pasture. If your hens can free range, they will scratch in your compost pile. SInce that is where you put the fly predator larva, the hens will eat the larva before it can hatch into the tiny wasps that prey on fly eggs. When our hens are free ranging, we put the fly predators in smaller piles where the hens can't get to them easily. You CAN put your predator larva into compost piles in the cow pasture.

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Re: Flies flies flies

Post by garnetann » Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:41 pm

The flies are the worse I can remember. We put in fly tags, sponged them with permectrin, and a fly kover cover mineral feeder. We also put out some rabon blocks. This is a new pasture, and the last person has a creep feeder that leaked, and the spot left old grain that basically fermented. Is about a 12x12 foot spot, just bare dirt. Was stinky and covered with flies. I could hear them when I walked by it...So I mixed up some extra strong fly repellent and doused that spot. Smells like fly spray now, but no flies on it. The girls are doing pretty well, and will keep an eye on them. But we are in for a hot next couple of weeks.. The guy we get our protein tubs has them with garlic too, supposed to repel the flies...

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Re: Flies flies flies

Post by NEFarmwife » Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:46 pm

alisonb wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:57 am
NEFarmwife wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:33 pm
I messaged my nutritionist about garlic.
You going to start eating garlic? :D
Ha. I do eat a lot of garlic. I can live off ranch and garlic, I’m sure.

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Re: Flies flies flies

Post by NonTypicalCPA » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:08 am

Brookhill Angus wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:01 pm
jschoolcraft86 wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:59 pm
I use Long Range and I'm not ready to sign off on the hovering vs. landing claim. I can't say that it is wrong, but my animals do have flies landing. I am a fan of what it does for the animals regardless of fly control though, and for all I know it may be putting a dent in the flies I just can't swear to it. I am gonna continue using Long Range as a dewormer but I am also going to continue spraying.

One thing that has got me interested is the VitaFerm HEAT minerals. There has been some talk about the garlic in it helping keep flies off, I'll be putting that to the test as soon as I find a place that sells it for something reasonable. The feed store I get my mineral from has it for almost 3x the price of the other VitaFerm products I use.
Save your money on the Vitaferm and get this instead. Use it 4-5 times per season, and your life will be far easier, not to mention your cattle's lives.

Thanks for the link. I just ordered one from ValleyVet. Looking forward to some additional target practice for deer season.

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Re: Flies flies flies

Post by sim.-ang.king » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:38 pm

NEFarmwife wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:46 pm
alisonb wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:57 am
NEFarmwife wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:33 pm
I messaged my nutritionist about garlic.
You going to start eating garlic? :D
Ha. I do eat a lot of garlic. I can live off ranch and garlic, I’m sure.
Alison can provide a good supply of onions, and garlic for you and the cows to munch on.
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