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Hi, I'm new to goat ownership. I have recently acquired a togg doe. I have stumbled through learning to milk and building a milking stand and goat proofing the horse paddock. I'm concerned with whether or not insect repellant should be used on a dairy goat. I intend to use the milk for soap and cheese. I spray my horses and myself and she suffers with the mosquitos and black flies.

Living in the woods with a bunch of goats....a bunch of chickens...one peacock, a couple of horses and a box full of guinea keets.
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Living in the woods with a bunch of goats....a bunch of chickens...one peacock, a couple of horses and a box full of guinea keets.
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i've used the farm & home fly spray on mine. you have to stand back two feet from them when you do and don't get it in their face. i've used homemade fly spray too. i have also 7 dusted them before and i also milk mine.

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kristin
wife to best guy in the world, homeschool mom to 4, one on the way
www.geraldthemajesticgoat.blogspot.com
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What is used to dust them? Is there any organic choice?

Living in the woods with a bunch of goats....a bunch of chickens...one peacock, a couple of horses and a box full of guinea keets.
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Living in the woods with a bunch of goats....a bunch of chickens...one peacock, a couple of horses and a box full of guinea keets.
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I have been using a horse-type fly repellent on my goats. I spray a little around their legs, backs, and butts, and then wipe some around their eyes and ears with a cloth. It gives them some relief, and I hope it's ok. Mine are wethers (packgoats), not milk goats. I use so little that I doubt if it would be a problem even for milk goats tho.

post #5 of 7

I use a pyrethrin based horse spray and a big fan.  It seems to work pretty well.

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I don't believe anything I write or say. I regard belief as a form of brain damage, the death of intelligence, the fracture of creativity, the atrophy of imagination. I have opinions but no Belief System (B.S.)

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Is pyrethrin safe for dairy or food animals? I'm so worried about making cheese that's toxic, ya know? I feel dumb... Shoulda paid attention in science class. smile Course...back then..well you know..dark ages.

Living in the woods with a bunch of goats....a bunch of chickens...one peacock, a couple of horses and a box full of guinea keets.
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Living in the woods with a bunch of goats....a bunch of chickens...one peacock, a couple of horses and a box full of guinea keets.
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post #7 of 7

I personally use the Skin so soft from Avon and spray it on a cloth as they dont like getting wet or sprayed. Also if you get Ditanimous earth make sure its the food grade and sprinkle it where they sleep or lay around. SSS sure makes their coats shine and I also use it on my horses as the mosquitoes hate the smell. Good luck

* And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens. * Proverbs 27:26-27
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* And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens. * Proverbs 27:26-27
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