Eschewing the phrase, “sugar will get you more than vinegar,” one farm in southwest Missouri has found it useful to go with the vinegar instead.

Bobbi Rauch, of Sancrest Farms in Billings, Mo., applies vinegar to the backs of heifers that are being introduced into a larger group of animals. The vinegar smell helps ward off bullies, and “by the time the vinegar has worn off, the new animals are acclimated into the herd,” she says. The vinegar smell lasts six to eight hours on hot, lowly humid days; longer on days where it is cool or overcast outside with high humidity.

Rauch squirts 0.125 to 0.25 cup of vinegar down each animal’s back or top line. She says an empty detergent bottle works well for this purpose.