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Rope Curtain Reduces Flies On Cattle
When one of his bulls took it as a personal challenge to destroy every insecticide applicator Steve Davis tried, the Amagon, Ark., farmer decided to make something better. Three years and a few prototypes later, his patent-pending Cattle Curtain insecticide applicator can be found on his farm and others in several states.
    “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; cattlecurtain@gmail.com).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5