How to remove pitch (from cattle hair) (Cattle - General) : LUSENET : Countryside : One Thread

Our highland cattle are covered in pitch from a white pine tree. I want to use something non-toxic to remove it. I know turpentine will work but I am worried about the cows licking themselves and ingesting it. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

-- Cindy Clarke (, April 24, 2001


Response to How to remove pitch

Hi, Cindy,

I have no idea how many cattle you have or if this method would work for you, but it worked for my niece who got pine pitch in her shoulder length hair. Massage any kind of cooking oil (vegetable, olive, etc.) and the pitch comes out. I can't imagine doing that with a whole lot of cattle but it does work. I've also heard peanut butter and mayo.

Thanks for reading.

-- Dianne in Mass (, April 24, 2001.

Response to How to remove pitch

rubbing alcahol

-- dale (, April 24, 2001.

I get pitch on my hands all the time and I use the FIT vegetable/fruit cleaner my wife keeps on the counter. Any type citrus based cleaner will work, and I can't imagine the cattle will get sick from it, but you better check to make sure. Good luck, Glenn

-- Glenn (, April 30, 2001.

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