2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5, Page #28[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Rope Curtain Reduces Flies On Cattle
“I got the idea after seeing a rope wick applicator, so I had a guy build me a curtain with different ropes,” Davis explains. After experimentation and testing, they came up with a design that covers more than 80 percent of the bodies of calves and full-grown cattle that pass through.
The 14 4-ft. long polypropylene ropes hang from a piece of pvc pipe that’s filled with a blend of insecticide and oil. “The oil stays in the ropes well. It applies a thin layer all over (the cattle),” Davis says.
The cattle get used to the curtains quickly and walk through the ropes with their heads up to get a thorough coating.
Davis recommends installing the curtain, which weighs less than 50 lbs. when filled with 3 gal. of diluted insecticide, on a crossbar over a gate where cattle go to drink or lick mineral blocks.
Davis recommends customers use oil-based insecticides that work best in their region. He’s seen a big difference in the reduced number of flies on his herd in northeast Arkansas.
At $179, plus shipping, the Cattle Curtain is built durable to last. It’s an insecticide applicator that even his orneriest bull hasn’t been able to destroy.
Davis welcomes dealer requests.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Cattle Curtain, 423 Jackson 272, Amagon, Ark. 72005 (ph 501 412-0698; www.cattlecurtain.com; email@example.com).
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