Goats and bug spray

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by RockyToggRanch, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    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.
  2. penelope77

    penelope77 Songster

    May 6, 2008
    northeast oklahoma
    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.
  3. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    What is used to dust them? Is there any organic choice?
  4. gila_dog

    gila_dog Songster

    Aug 15, 2007
    New Mexico
    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.
  5. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    I use a pyrethrin based horse spray and a big fan. It seems to work pretty well.
  6. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    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. [​IMG] Course...back then..well you know..dark ages.
  7. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    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

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