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Re: Cattle Rub vs Ear Tags.
« Reply #20 on: June 25, 2021, 09:49:35 PM »
Surprisingly, throughout the 80's and early 90's I was a 100 sow farrow-to-finish operator, which nicely complemented the 2500 acre cash crop operation.

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Ten years prior to that we were a 300 sow farrow-to-finish operation that went broke trying to feed them (total crop failures in back to back years in '79 and '80).  Of course the fact that hogs dropped to about $.13 at the same time didn't help the situation much.   :-\
Everything around here is grown on contract now (for Smithfield Foods).  I know a few folks that made a decent living doing it over the last 25 years.  As for me, the only hog I want to see is right beside me eggs in the morning........and I do like bacon. ;D  

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Re: Cattle Rub vs Ear Tags.
« Reply #21 on: June 25, 2021, 11:46:08 PM »
Well im surprised it took 2 pages to get to food on a beef thread but i dont want to fully derail it so i made a thread to ask some piggy questions. 

https://forestryforum.com/board/index.php?topic=115780.new#new
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Re: Cattle Rub vs Ear Tags.
« Reply #22 on: June 26, 2021, 06:04:44 PM »
We used to use a IGR mineral but found after years of use we had no worms, grubs, dung beetles, etc. A manure patty would persist in the field untouched for 2 or more years as there was no bug action to break them down.

Now we fly tag (using alternating active ingredients every year), we also pour on with a product like Ultra Boss, or Ultra Saber. Fly control is as good as one could ask for, and we have worms and grubs that break down manure patties in short order. A cow pie doesn't last more that a few weeks now.

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« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2021, 10:54:06 AM »
Bought a rub pillow today. I'll see how that works out.
how did the rub work out?  

greg judy, who does not put anything in his cows that i know of, and uses birdhouses to try controlling flies, has a video about pouring on some sort of parasitic moth larvae into the cow pies. i guess they eat the fly larvae and dont bother the cow.  havent seen a followup vid but did not go looking either.


would chickens being grazed behind cows help consume fly larvae from the plops or no?  i figure they may scratch and spread the manure further into the soil and faster than by rain action alone.  anyone with experience?


by the way, for incessant flies that get inside my home from kids with the door wide open, the most convenient killer is all surface windex, yellow liquid.. the one with L-Lactic acid for an active ingredient.  one good stationary direct hit will kill them in 7...6...5... but a flyby dusting shot will usually knock the unswattable off trajectory long enough for a 2nd good spritz.  best part is its not some poison.. its literally house cleaner so you can be blasting all over with reckless abandon then just wipe up and kill 2 birds with one stone.  


i also use orange antibacterial palmolive in my laundry.. L-Lactic acid in that too and it kills any musty stink from boys soaking wet swim stuff hiding in the bottom of a basket for 2 days.  blue dawn ultra is the best grease removing laundry soap and manly shower scrub ever invented, and dawn makes an antibacterial orange version like palmolive but it does not use Lactic acid and does not kill the musty stink of wet clothes.   i should be buying dawn by the pail.  tire bead lube, mosquito larvae killer...
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Re: Cattle Rub vs Ear Tags.
« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2021, 11:17:49 AM »
I can't say the rub isn't working but it doesn't seem to help much. I am still having to spray them every 5-7 days.
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Re: Cattle Rub vs Ear Tags.
« Reply #25 on: August 23, 2021, 12:32:44 PM »
would chickens being grazed behind cows help consume fly larvae from the plops or no?  i figure they may scratch and spread the manure further into the soil and faster than by rain action alone.  anyone with experience?


It works - but you need a lot of chickens.  Today I have about 500 between layers and broilers out there - the broiler population is about to start dropping.  Anyway - that hardly makes an honest dent in the pies / flies.  Grasshoppers, stink bugs, and other slower, lower insects are targeted a lot more.  At any time however there are hundreds of cow birds out with the cows and in the spring they nest everywhere - they do make a difference for sure, and they are faster moving so they stay with the cows.  
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« Reply #26 on: September 08, 2021, 09:19:18 PM »
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Re: Cattle Rub vs Ear Tags.
« Reply #27 on: September 09, 2021, 10:36:01 AM »
 When we were millking we had rub bags hanging in the out door of the milk room and in the doorway going into the barn.And also out in the pasture under tree limbs where the cow liked to bed in the afternoons. worked great 8). After we put them I only had to mist the barn once a month before it was twice a week  >:(


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