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    09-14-2011, 01:00 PM
It'll be cheaper to get the fly predators. I used very little fly spray this year, and the horses didn't have to wear their fly masks except early on in the season.
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    09-14-2011, 01:12 PM
That's so amazing! Waas going to spring and buy fly gear for them this year (end of season sales) but I'm going to go google the website and see how much it'll run me for next year. Its amazing what they come up with. I'm pretty sure I'm going to do it because fly sheets are wxpencive and the fly spray I get at bomgaars is like 20 bucks a bottle! Ugh! Thank you everyone for the info and everything... this forum has replaced my addiction of facebook and I love the people here :) thanks again! :)
    09-14-2011, 01:27 PM
Almost 900 bucks a year with what cattle I have on my property right now... but some will be going to the sale barn this winter. And I counted my not so wild turkeys and pet quail (not mine...boyfriends dad's pets...was going to hunt them but he got attatched lmao) I'll have to do a recount before next season and price will hopefully go down :)
    09-14-2011, 01:37 PM
Glad you made this thread, OP. It reminded me to go to Spalding's site and put my 2012 order in.
    09-14-2011, 01:41 PM
Raisin, that is the problem a friend had when she went to use them. She had cows in the mix too and it made the quantity required go through the roof.
    09-14-2011, 02:31 PM
Glad I could help Speed Racer :)
And AlwaysBehind... I guess I just found out that the 30 head of cattle is really 60 :( ugh can you tell that I don't do the work with them? Lol I stick with my horses the bf does that most of the time...Personally I don't like cattle :)
I don't even want to quote what that will cost. Going to talk to the cattle owner about it. Maybe I'll get lucky and he will foot the bill but I doubt it cause cattle farmers usually don't give a rats patoot about the flies bothering the cattle. Might have to pick up a side job lol
    09-14-2011, 03:57 PM
Green Broke
You will have to use enough to take into account the cattle or it wont help much, I use a multi pronged attack,
I feed textured feed to my horse, and have a doxzen or so free range chickens, the chickens scatter the manure looking for the seeds that pass through, so no manure breeding grounds,
I set out 5-10000 spalding lab fly predators,
I use the proper fly traps, the add water and smelly fly traps don't work. They lure in house and garbage flys but not the flys that bite. You need the biting fly trap traps, look at spalding labs websight on traps they tell you about the different kinds.
    09-14-2011, 04:06 PM
I have used them 2 years in a row and really thought they should work better. My horses were still covered in flys on using them. I think my population was down a good 50% but still not good enough in my opinion.
    09-14-2011, 04:07 PM
JOe, you do not find the chickens eat your predators as much as they eat the bad flies?
    09-17-2011, 09:07 PM
My old BO used fly predators and the flies were still terrible :/ I wouldn't be surprised if she got less than she needed though and that's why they didn't work.

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