Flies are a serious problem for Australian livestock industries including beef cattle, dairy cattle and horses. There are several types of flies that cause problems but the most troublesome type is known as buffalo fly (Haematobia irritans exigua).
As most producers know flies can be very annoying not only to livestock but also to the humans! But did you know that flies can result in a serious loss in production due to reduced growth as feed intake is reduced with fly irritation. Flies can also cause major health problems for livestock as they begin to scratch and rub – which then only exacerbates the issue. Hide damage is common because flies cause irritation which leads to self-inflicted wounds. A heavy infestation of buffalo flies may result in hairless, irritated areas around the eyes of cattle and an increase in the incidence of blight. According to a recent Meat and Livestock report, buffalo fly was one of the top five cattle diseases in Australia, costing the industry $98 million annually.
Here at AC Backrubs we are committed to providing cost-effective fly control options. There are various methods for combating flies around your cattle or horses, ranging from ear tags to dips to sprays. We believe that backrubs are by far the best way to control flies; they are not only labour-efficient but just as importantly are very effective. We find that both cattle and horses adapt easily to using backrubs.
Our backrubs are the result of years of product development and on-going modification to produce simply the best backrub available in Australia.
Our backrubs are:
- very strongly made
- long lasting
- simple to install
- highly absorbent
We both grew up on cattle properties in the South Burnett. Since then we have owned a property near Meandarra in Queensland and agisted cattle throughout Queensland. We understand cattle production and we understand the detrimental impact buffalo fly can have on livestock.
We have used various methods to treat our own cattle for buffalo fly but believe that backrubs are the most efficient and effective method. Cattle just love them.
In November in 2016 we purchased AC Backrubs from Keith and Carol Whyte, moving the business to Toowoomba. We quickly could see that this business only produces the best quality backrubs and distributes exceptional products to be used for buffalo fly control. We are excited to continue on with the AC Backrub tradition – supplying top quality solutions for fly control.
We have found our own cattle more contented with treating themselves with the backrub on demand in paddocks rather than being traumatized by being mustered and yarded for ear tagging or spraying for fly.
AC Backrubs is a family owned business, whose aim to provide top quality service. We look forward to working with you. Please just give us a ring!
Ciaran and Jayne Gentry (and “Poppy” the blue dog)