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In summer field tests conducted in North Florida, cattle were trained
for one day by allowing them to pass through the opening to reach a
shaded area with no ropes installed. These cattle had not received any
fly treatment for several months. The population of flies on each animal
was extremely high. On the morning of day two, ropes were installed and
insecticide was poured into the steel channel. A significant reduction
in flies was observed later that afternoon. Within 48 hours of the
introduction of the insecticide, the number of flies had been easily
reduced to an acceptable level.
Flies are an expensive waste of money. The annual loss to the U.S. beef
industry is estimated to be more than 800 million dollars per year or a
weight and/or feed loss of $25-$40 per head each year. Now is the time
to stop the loss. Don't let your profit fly away. Arrest the pests
The CowBuddy® fly
control system is the easy and effective way to control flies in your
cattle operation and the unit is extremely durable. The frame is made
from heavy structural steel, MIG welded, and coated with rust-resistant
paint for many years of service.
For a small investment, you are going to benefit from years of increased
profit, increased herd weight, and a decrease in the transfer of many
disease organisms. Furthermore, your cattle are going to enjoy a
reduction in stress, aggravation, distraction, torment, disruption of
grazing pattern, and illness brought upon them by various annoying
How aggravating are a thousand flies? Imagine what it would be like to
be bitten 20,000 to 30,000 times each day. Heart rates, respiratory
rates, and urinary output increase when cattle are exposed to only
several hundred horn flies.
What about other methods of fly
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- Their low concentration level allows flies to soon
become resistant to the insecticide.
- All cattle do not share the same enthusiasm for
using the cattle rub, and like the dust bag, the cattle rub may not adequately address the variation in animal height from calf to bull.
- Moisture may cause the dust to solidify and
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- Flies easily travel several
miles from one farm to the next.
- While flies are controlled, the labor
costs are high and animals are stressed.
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information about the use of insecticide on cattle
The CowBuddy® was designed on a farm in North Central Florida by a
farmer and high school math teacher with three decades of experience
in raising cattle. It was created out of a need for an effective
passive application system. The CowBuddy®
is simple, effective, and durable. Heavy structural steel channel is
used for the main body and reservoir of the unit. A series of holes
are linearly aligned in the bottom of the steel channel. The holes are
punched with a 40 ton hydraulic press. High quality braided derby
ropes are fitted through each hole with each length of rope being
looped through each pair of holes. Galvanized metal sleeves are
crimped at half the length of each rope to prevent their removal
through the holes by the animals.
One pint of liquid insecticide is poured into the steel channel to be
absorbed by the ropes, which extend below the steel channel. The
liquid is transferred to the coat of livestock as contact is made with
the ropes. Four ½" lag bolts are used to secure the device to two
corner posts or other suitable locations. Fencing should be configured
in a manner such that all cattle are compelled to walk under the unit
several times per day to reach water and/or shade. The CowBuddy® is
also available in a hanging version that may be suspended from chains
as a single unit or multiple units in tandem to accommodate larger