Raddle Powder

Produces bright, long-lasting marks that make it easy to identify which ewes have been bred. Takes the place of a marking harness.


506300 Raddle Powder, red, 3.3 lb In Stock 3.30 $10.50
506400 Raddle Powder, blue, 3.3 lb In Stock 3.30 $10.50
506500 Raddle Powder, green, 3.3 lb In Stock 3.30 $10.50

Common Uses

Used during breeding season to identify the ewes that have been covered.


  • Eliminates the need for a breeding harness.
  • Container reseals, so there's no waste.
  • Comes in three colors: red, blue, and green.


3.3 lb. container.

How to Use

When using vegetable oil: Mix 2 parts powder to 1 part oil into a thick paste.

When using mineral oil: Mix 2 parts powder to 1-1/2 parts of mineral oil into a thick paste.

Rub paste into the lower neck/brisket. Apply fresh raddle to brisket every 2 to 5 days. Wool or hair growth of 2 to 3 months on the brisket helps to absorb/release the paste. (OB gloves help #550900).


  • Usually takes more than one application. More mess than a breeding harness.
  • Marks are not always scourable—particularly if vegetable oil is used.
  • It is difficult to remove all of the raddle from the animal's chest in order to change colors mid-season. If you plan to switch colors, go bright to dark or green/red/blue.
  • Raddle works best with wooled breeds of sheep. The fiber of hair sheep and goats does not hold the raddle as efficiently as wool.

Listed below are recommended optional components or related items. Your particular situation may require alternative recommendations. Please call and talk to our consultants if there are any questions at 800-282-6631.
Item # 550900 - In Stock
Using OB gloves reduces the risk of septicemia during assisted births. Sleeve covers arm to the shoulder.
Item # 550902 - In Stock
Vital for working with lambs that may be infected with ringworm, fungus and/or sore mouth. All can infect humans.
Item # 564300 - In Stock
Multi-purpose bucket for water, feed or mineral feeding.
Item # 803000 - In Stock
Insert your own wooden or fiberglass shaft (not included). Excellent tool for working with sheep or goats.
Item # 803001 - In Stock
Specifically for "grabbing" sheep and goat legs.
Item # 804100 - In Stock
Wooden neck crook preferred for herding dog trials.
Item # 804326 - In Stock
Aluminum neck crook.
Item # 804331 - In Stock
Lightweight and strong neck crook.
Item # 804334 - In Stock
So named by Premier because a New Zealand sheep family designed and developed it. I saw it in use there in Nov. 2011.
Item # 888050 - In Stock
Provides sterile plastic barrier so that you neither spread disease to other farms nor bring organisms home from somewhere else.
Item # 986000 - In Stock
Provides a detailed schedule based on your lambing date. By Pipestone Sheep School.
Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Number of Reviews: 8 customers reviewed this product.

Write a Review

Date: September 25, 2015
Ronald W
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I have used product for many years. I find it easier to use than crayons, a lot less expensive. Can mark 4 rams for same price as 1 using crayons.
Date: August 28, 2015
Carol A
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Love this product. I mix it with shortening in a ziplock bag by kneading the outside of the bag. I then snip the corner off the bag and pipe it onto the Rams chest as if it were frosting. Works great. For show sheep we use hair savior by Sullivan's show supplies to remove it.
Date: September 5, 2014
Marilyn V from Idaho
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Very easy to mix and use. Really the paint washes off hands pretty easily so if you for get the rubber gloves don't panic.
Date: November 8, 2013
Geoffrey A from Florida
Would you recommend this product? Yes
The product is easy to mix and apply. Obviously it's a little messy if you are used to marking crayons. I use this on my buck because the marking harness was such a PitA and he eventually ended up destroying it. It has to be re-applied frequently. I would like it a lot better if it actually made my does go into heat and got them bred!
Date: December 26, 2012
Bryce F from southwest mn
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I use raddle exclusively for a ram marker. It shows up very well and makes identifying groups mated to rams much easier. It is messy but you don’t have to worry about which crayon to use when it is hot or cold or the harness falling off. Make sure to get a box of AI gloves though for applying on the ram’s brisket. Usually I have enough out of 1 tub to get me 1 ram for 45 days if he is mating 25-50 ewes.
Date: November 9, 2011
Michelle L from WI
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I have never used a breeding harness before, so I cannot say whether or not this is better. However, I can attest to this powder's ease of use. It washed off my hands very easily (my rubber glove split open on the second ram, so my hand go totally covered with it). I hope that it comes out of the wool as easily as it did my hands because my poor ewes have it all over their bodies - any place that the amorpus ram has brushed up against. I used vegetable oil so that it would wash off more easily. Perhaps transfer would be less with mineral oil, but doubt it.
Date: October 19, 2011
Theresa H from Iowa, Buchanan County NE
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I purchased 3 colors of Raddle Powder. I am very pleased and respectful of the fact that your descriptions of the wool paint versus ram harneses did say that using the paint is the messier version. I'm glad you told me. This way I knew what I was getting into and am not disappointed. I first mixed it with vegetable oil, but then tried using clear grease from a tube. The oil dissolves the powder better, but I like the thickness of the grease. I don't end up having so much paint drip out of my hand. I use a latex glove, but the paint does wash off easily.
I would like some advice on what is the best order for using the colors. I started with blue and plan to switch to red and then green. Also I plan to change colors after 21 days.
I am pleased that this I have enough product to last for a lot of application. I am thinking of also using it with my wool paint numbers/brands.
Date: March 17, 2011
Janie B from Idaho
Would you recommend this product? Yes
This works well as a marker when sorting sheep. The powder can be thrown from a short distance to identify sheep. Messy, yes. But it cleans up. Handier as a powder in that situation than oil or a marking crayon. Also use it, sparingly, as a powder to mark baby lambs that need watching. Lasts for a couple of weeks.
Date: December 22, 2010
Charles R from ny
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Used a harnass in the past, and was unhappy with the slippage. Used Raddle with vegetable oil first, then switched to Mineral Oil becuase the guardian dogs liked the vegetable oil too much! Great product, use with the OB gloves to keep yourself clean!
Date: November 16, 2010
Jeff K
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Works very well. Directions on the package are very clear and easy to follow. Liked the suggestion on this website to purchase the OB gloves along with the powder.
Date: October 18, 2010
Susan B
Would you recommend this product? Yes
This stuff is a little messy, but really easy to use. We mixed it with veggie oil and it washed right off my hands with Dawn. It didn't even leave a stain from the pigment. Our ram had about a month of wool growth and it still worked well.
Date: September 11, 2010
Lisa D
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Love it! I have used harnesses in the past and had sores due to slippage and poor adjustment. This is easy to mix and apply and boy is it visible! Also I get my nicest Cotswold fleece at the fall shearing, so scourability is a MUST - this stuff washes out without much effort. I used vegetable oil and washed it out with Dawn dish detergent - worked great!