How-to: Insert Ear Tags in Cold Weather
Plastic tags (all brands) are much easier to install if they are warm. Why? As the temperature drops below freezing, plastic becomes less flexible (more stiff). Forcing the male point of a tag through the female takes many more lbs. of pressure (because the female must expand).
So if you care about your hands it’s a good idea to keep the tags above freezing in very cold weather. It takes very little to do this. One method is to simply store them while tagging in a small bucket, cardboard box or tool box with a lid alongside a sealed pop bottle full of warm water. The warm water will keep both the air and the tags warmer in the container.
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Pat M from Colorado
Louisa L from Missouri
I have never used a tagger that was this much trouble. It is heavy, requires both my hands to squeeze on, and does not release easily. Today I ripped a lambs ear because she jerked at just the wrong time. I've never had that happen with other tags and about 20 years of working goats, sheep and cows.
Katherine E from Michigan
Tagger worked great for us. We did tag in above freezing weather and found the tags very flexible and easy to apply. The applicator is a bit bulky for small hands and you do have to pull the tag free from the female side after tagging but no real complaints.
Audrey L from Missouri
It works perfectly, I just don’t like the way it’s built. It’s hard to get it unattached from tag after you tag the animal. But I would still recommend it.
Jeremy F from Pennsylvania
Worked well and seems to be built to last a while. The metal loop that keeps the applicators closed fell off on the first use but it doesn't affect the ability to use the tool.