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.)