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Spraying 10% permethrin on cattle

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 9:45 am
by kentuckyguy
I'm new to cows and am looking for an easy way to control the face and back flies on my cattle. I was wondering if anyone has tried the 10% permethrin mixed in a sprayer? I was planning to spray my small herd while they were eating some feed one evening.

My cattle are very calm and I can easily get close enough to spray them. I plan to use something better when I move them to the other pasture field and have better handling facilities.

So what I'm getting at is will this work? According to the label it's a suitable application method.

Re: Spraying 10% permethrin on cattle

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 9:47 am
by M-5
yes it will work fine.

Re: Spraying 10% permethrin on cattle

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 9:48 am
by snoopdog
Yes ,common practice

Re: Spraying 10% permethrin on cattle

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 9:48 am
by Nesikep
Some of my cows HATE the spray.. I can usually get them if I have a wet sponge though.

Re: Spraying 10% permethrin on cattle

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 10:14 am
by Craig Miller
Nesikep wrote:Some of my cows HATE the spray.. I can usually get them if I have a wet sponge though.


Yeah there something about that sound even for normally tame cows. I think it reminds them of a snake.

Re: Spraying 10% permethrin on cattle

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 10:26 am
by kentuckyguy
What kind of oil do you add to it? The directions call for mineral oil if I remember correctly.

Re: Spraying 10% permethrin on cattle

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 10:37 am
by M.Magis
In my experience, a shot of UltraBoss lasts a LOT longer and works better than permethrin. Suck some up in a syringe (no needle) and squirt it along their back.

Re: Spraying 10% permethrin on cattle

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 10:42 am
by Douglas
works fine. It might spook them at first. So you need them shut up in a small pen so you can finish.
Problem is rain washing it off. I use a rub now where premethrin is mixed with diesel. The have to go under it to get to the minerals.

Re: Spraying 10% permethrin on cattle

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 10:59 am
by Nesikep
I use Absorbine Ultrashield... it's what's available here, and works well.. I dilute it about 4:1 with water and it's effective for a long time.. we have very little rain around here though

Re: Spraying 10% permethrin on cattle

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 11:36 am
by Bright Raven
M.Magis wrote:In my experience, a shot of UltraBoss lasts a LOT longer and works better than permethrin. Suck some up in a syringe (no needle) and squirt it along their back.


That is what I do.

The permethrin mix I used last spring before switching to UltraBoss was a 1% synergized mix.

Re: Spraying 10% permethrin on cattle

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 2:13 pm
by kentuckyguy
I plan to use ultraboss when I move them to the other pasture.

It just kills me to see those flys wearing them out so I'm going to do something.

What oil would you recommend me to add to the sprayer? And how much of it?

Re: Spraying 10% permethrin on cattle

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 3:04 pm
by Bright Raven
kentuckyguy wrote:I plan to use ultraboss when I move them to the other pasture.

It just kills me to see those flys wearing them out so I'm going to do something.

What oil would you recommend me to add to the sprayer? And how much of it?


Good for you. I cannot relax myself if I know my cows are miserable.

I have never used 10 % so I don't know what you dilute it with.

Re: Spraying 10% permethrin on cattle

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 4:10 pm
by Douglas

Re: Spraying 10% permethrin on cattle

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 4:19 pm
by JW IN VA
Bright Raven wrote:
kentuckyguy wrote:I plan to use ultraboss when I move them to the other pasture.

It just kills me to see those flys wearing them out so I'm going to do something.

What oil would you recommend me to add to the sprayer? And how much of it?


Good for you. I cannot relax myself if I know my cows are miserable.

I have never used 10 % so I don't know what you dilute it with.


A new chemical compound- H 2 O

Seriously, the rubs work great with a mixture of diesel and 10 per cent.Mix according to label.Ultra Boss is good,too.

Re: Spraying 10% permethrin on cattle

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 4:50 pm
by JW IN VA
If you buy the rubs from PH White,the instructions come in it.