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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Battling the pesky Fly issue on our farm

I have found that one of my bigger issues in having livestock is keeping my girls free from the pesky flies.

We have had our girls in our pastures for 4 years now, and I believe I have finally figured out what works in most cases for my situation. Obviously keeping the manure cleaned up is a given, but also treating the areas where the urine and manure were helps.

In my case, I only have three, and realize this won't be practical for those with larger herds, but if you are able to do this and a couple of other things, I believe you can control the fly problem to.

Because of our high water table and mostly clay soil~ I put down 4 X 6 ft rubber mats from my Tractor Supply store, inside the 8 X 12 ft RUN-IN and outside under the overhang cover.

So my regime is this:

1. I clean the run, sweeping etc.

2. Once or twice a month I get a hose and scrub the mats using a
safe all natural product. Using Shaklee's basic H and basic G germicide.
Scrubbing, and rinsing well with the hose.

4. For the potty area after picking up all the manure I can, I then
sprinkle barn lime on the urine areas, then lay about 10 or so
bags of equine pellets around. When they get wet they expand
and this makes it easier to pick up the ALPACA beans. It also
give a fresh clean area so my girls don't tract to much poo into
the run-in.

5. I also rinse my girls down in the summer months paying
particular attention to their hove's, making sure to clean as
much poo as possible off.

The girls fight to get in front of the hose. They just love it.

I also sprinkle diatomaceous earth all over their run-in mats for them to roll In

I still use products like Flies S.W.A.T and another all natural product called absorbine All Natural fly spray. It helps tremendously.

My point in battling flies and other pests is, keep the sweet smell of urine and poo/manure off of my animals, and keep their shelter and surrounding areas as clean as possible, & keeping the smell under control is the best natural way of battling these nasty yet necessary insects...

Take it, I only have 4 alpacas, and many have more. The principle is still the same, but just a bit more work.

I hope this helps others in their quest to find inexpensive ways to combat flies.