Rubber “O” Rings
“O” rings are commonly used for docking lambs or castrating ram-lambs and goat kids. These elastic bands can be expanded with an elastrator tool and slid over the tail or scrotum (including testicles), and then released.
Constricted ring will steadily squeeze arteries supplying area with blood. Without blood, tail and scrotum will dry and drop-off over a period of 10–20 days.
Available in resealable storage bag, or hard plastic container.
To expand the “O” rings, use:
- High-density latex rubber
- 100 “O” rings per package/container
- Failing to ensure that both testicles are actually in the scrotum below the ring (tricky with baby lambs and kids).
- Applying rings before a lamb is 24 hours old, up on its feet, nursing and active may interrupt nursing and thus predispose lamb to rapid death from E. coli problems (“watery mouth”). Many wait a day or two to apply on twins, triplets and orphan lambs.
- Rubber rings can cause tetanus. Be sure to vaccinate ewes or does with a booster dose prior to parturition.
Follow this link to learn about other methods of docking and castrating.
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.
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Pamela B from Kentucky
Quality product. Delivery was quick. Will use this company and this product again.
David R from North Carolina
Maybe it's just me but the orange bands seem better than the green ones from local farm store. What I really like though is the container. Compact enough to fit in your pocket with a flip lid for quick access. Far superior to fumbling with a plastic bag while trying to band multiple sheep.
Stronger than the old green bands.
Martina G from Alberta, Canada
better then the green ones in cold and easier to put on calves
Linda M from California
Easy to use with the Blue Ring Expander. Very affordable and gets the job done.