Posted : 7/23/2009 10:52:04 PM
I forgot to mention that you can find Cut Heal at any tack shop or feed store. If you get really desperate (and I can see his ears are really getting nibbled), there's this stuff called Stockholm Pine Tar. Like the Cut Heal, it's both repellant and healing. It's not really tar like the stuff they put on roads. It's really concentrated fir balsam. It smells really gross! But one application should stop the attraction cycle (once the flies hit and get an inroad, it attracts more flies until you stop the cycle).
This is how awesome this stuff is. I bought a couple of young rams and around breeding time, they started fighting. One day I went out, and one ram had a hole literally knocked in his head! there was just a membrane where I guess his sinus would be - you could see him breathe.
Well, you don't call out a vet for a sheep that costs $50 to replace. It would even cost $75 to take him to the butcher. So, I knew his biggest problem would be infection, and fly strike. I started giving him tons of antibiotics, and poured on the Stockholm tar. About every two days I went out and repeated. After a week, the whole thing was filled in with tissue, and by the next week, skin was starting to grow over the area again. Four weeks later, the only way you could tell him from his murderous buddy, was the brown stains all over his head from the tar!
I need to get a new bottle (I use it during shearing and we'll be starting again next week). If you want, I can send you a dab in a little container, as that's all you need for the rest of the year, most likely. Then after you break the cycle, a simple repellent will probably work - my guard dogs wear fly repellant collars and that works perfectly.