The growth, feed efficiency and economic benefits of spraying twice daily during the growth period was evaluated under subtropical conditions. The experiment was initiated in July with 20 kids aged 5.5-6 months. Half the kids were sprayed, whereas the remaining half were not. Mean daily weight gain, feed efficiency ratio and final weights of the sprayed group were higher than those of the control. The economic benefits of spraying were estimated at US$ 25.6 (for 10 kids) during the experimental period. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.