Pouring apple cider vinegar (ACV) down the centre of an animal’s back can stop bulls from fighting.
That is according to Phil Stewart, best known as Farmer Phil, an agricultural contractor and beef and tillage farmer from Co. Longford, who has tried and tested the hack.
Stewart, who completed his Green Cert at Gurteen Agricultural College, sells dairy-bred Friesian and Jersey-cross beef – mainly bulls – direct to consumers in the form of meat boxes through his bustling farm shop and online shop.
Apple cider vinegar
In the latest clip on his popular YouTube channel – which has over 65,000 subscribers – the mixed farmer explained more about the hack:
“Today, we are going to pour apple cider vinegar on our bulls’ backs before mixing them with another batch, as it will keep them from fighting.”
“So, we have bulls here that we have just clipped. I have a 5L drum, which I bought in my local co-op; it is meant for horses, but it is the same job and will cover 100 bulls.”
“To apply, simply put some apple cider vinegar in a jug and just pour it down the centre of their back.”
“It is nothing special; we do not water down the apple cider vinegar. The way it works is that the smell of it masts the smell of these bulls, so the other bulls cannot smell them, so they will not fight.”
“Now the bulls are together, and there is no fighting or kicking,” he concluded.
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