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Lazy M

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Flies are one of the drawbacks of fall calving. I'm using fly mineral and try to keep the pastures trimmed up. But this year the flies seem especially bad. May have to put up some rubs or try something else.
 

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Nice looking cow (looks to have a good udder & tidy teats) & new born calves. That's a god awful amount of flies. I'd spray or pour then asap.
 

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andybob said:
A simple non toxic spray through a mobile system - https://www.facebook.com/Regengraze/videos/360240570842694/
That's the exact amount of cattle I hope to have, by the time my 100th birthday rolls around..
 

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ALACOWMAN said:
andybob said:
A simple non toxic spray through a mobile system - https://www.facebook.com/Regengraze/videos/360240570842694/
That's the exact amount of cattle I hope to have, by the time my 100th birthday rolls around..

Not me! I want to be shot by a jealous husband jumping out a second story window. They will talk about it for the next fifty years on the dead pecker bench at the barbershops 💈.
 

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Caustic Burno said:
ALACOWMAN said:
andybob said:
A simple non toxic spray through a mobile system - https://www.facebook.com/Regengraze/videos/360240570842694/
That's the exact amount of cattle I hope to have, by the time my 100th birthday rolls around..

Not me! I want to be shot by a jealous husband jumping out a second story window. They will talk about it for the next fifty years on the dead pecker bench at the barbershops 💈.
Either one will kill you....ones just slow and miserable :cowboy:
 

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Twins? Nice looking cow and calves.

And I hear ya! I just sprayed 4 days ago and I was in disbelief this morning when I checked them. I'm diligent about spraying, fly tags don't seem to do anything but keep 'em off their face for 6 weeks when the flies aren't that bad anyway and I use mineral with IGR & CTC. But we've had record rain this year; actually since last Oct. I switched sprays last year and it didn't seem to make a difference so I went back to my tried & true, which in hindsight may have been an epic fail. But fall is just around the corner . . . .

Andybob, I enjoyed watching that. How often do you have to run them through? And how long did it take to train them to go through in the first place? My girls wouldn't cooperate with just a rub. Or maybe I wasn't patient enough?
 
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andybob said:
A simple non toxic spray through a mobile system - https://www.facebook.com/Regengraze/videos/360240570842694/
That's awesome. I swear that I'd have 3 or 4 that would lay back until last and would run through and tear it up somehow.
 

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That’s a neat spray system. I could see something like that working on an overhead for a gate. Could get them when I rotate pastures. Otherwise my cows wouldn’t go within a mile of that thing.
 

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TCRanch said:
Andybob, I enjoyed watching that. How often do you have to run them through? And how long did it take to train them to go through in the first place? My girls wouldn't cooperate with just a rub. Or maybe I wasn't patient enough?
This herd is the Mashona herd run by Jaime Elizondo in Florida, he used a non toxic spray for the hornfly because he has built up the dung beetle population and would rather keep the benefits including less flies with the beetles dispersing the dung. Jaime is available on the regengraze facebook page. (click on the name on the video) We had compulsory spraying and dipping for ticks in Rhodesia which was contrary to my breeding program which relied on the natural resistance to ticks and flies of the native cattle, and rotating daily to break the worm cycles. Our facilities were permanent buildings capable of handling larger numbers of cattle for spraying or dipping with organo phosphate which played havoc with my beetles and tick eating birds, so we experimented with pyrethrum based sprays until we were allowed to stop compulsory dipping.
 

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WalnutCrest said:
There are some genetic helpers people could use to reduce fly burden ... but most people are not interested in any of those ideas ... :shrug:

You mean like Fly Predators?
 

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