Ample evidence is available of the benefits of letting stock scratch to shift insects and dead skin etc. (Lice usually live along the back of cattle and can actually be controlled by letting the cattle scratch adequately.) But of most interest to the farmer will be the ability of this system to apply oil, with or without pesticide, whilst brushing. The brushes have small spigot valves which release controlled amounts of oil whilst the animal scratches. The animal only needs this oil each 2 or 3 days to effectively control biting flies. Diesel oil is effective, but linseed or mineral oils are better. For maximum fly control pesticide can be added at 1 litre per 25 litres of oil (check manufacturer's instructions). The actual amount applied is just a few drops per animal, and the brush bristles ensure it is spread around whilst the animal scratches. The Cattle Brush and Oiler can be installed in a free-access raceway, or cattle yards, but for dairying is best mounted on an old trailer or similar which can easily be shifted each day with the herd. Your cows will very quickly learn to use it, and you will notice a steady trek to the brush all day. The flow of oil can be c ontrolled, but if used fairly continuously by stock, the 25 litre container will last 3-4 days. Treatment should be repeated at 10-14 day intervals.
Cattle have a need to rub and scratch - to get rid of pests and dead skin and hair. This is important to their comfort, and by default of this, improve production or growth rates. This need is evidenced anywhere there is a tree or post or rail that cattle have access to. This post or wall mounted cattle brush from Kerbl, Germany fills this need. The spring-loaded top brush ensures good contact with varying size animals. The whole device is galvanised steel, and sturdy build, to withstand the roughest use. Replacement nylon-bristle brushes are available. (Brush 50cm x 10cm.)
Used worldwide as an effective remedy for 'hardware disease', most often caused by hardware, wire etc, accidentally chopped up when harvesting grass or maize. These magnets are classic northern style, with adequate spaces to trap hardware within the cage. Length 100mm. Diameter 35mm.
These covers have been produced especially for cases of thermal emergency in dairy cows, for example after traumatic calving, accident or injury, etc. The cover outer is made of heavy duty rip-stop cotton-canvas which allows breathability, thus reducing internal moisture build-up, at the same time as being highly waterproof. Inside the cover has 6mm of recycled wool covered with a smooth and hard wearing lining material. This combination gives excellent heat retention for the cow, ensuring body heat recovery in a short time. NB: This is a cover for therapeutic emergency use, and should be used with caution on an animal with normal body temperature.
Very handy knives for removing ear tags, cutting twine, or many other uses where a safe razor-sharp cutter is needed. Razor-sharp blade in plastic handle. Economy is 16cm long and quality is 22cm long with good finger grips.
Pinkeye is most often a late-summer problem, generally caused by bacteria from flies or insects entering the eye of calf or adult. The bacteria melt the surface of the eye causing an ulcer to develop. Early identification and treatment is the key to control of this painful disease. After treatment with antibiotic or other topical remedy (consult your veterinarian), the pinkeye patch can be applied to protect the eye and aid recovery. The patch will fall off naturally in about 10 days. Our patches are Shut-Eye brand from USA. The Shut-Eye size allows some natural movement of the eyelid. Each pack of 10 patches includes glue and instructions for use.
This longer than normal veterinary-type probe-thermometer is ideal for use on large animals. The probe is 12cm long, and the whole unit is robust and waterproof. A protective probe cover is supplied. Range 32°C to 42°C.