Blue Ring Expander
- 8" long
- Blue plastic handles
- Metal workings
How to Use
Premier Tip: When putting rubber "O" rings on your ring expander, turn or twist them on about half way down. When you roll them on, they seem to go all the way down and this makes it harder to get off the expander when banding a lamb or goat.
- Though it causes more distress (particularly ram lambs that are both castrated & docked), this lasts less than an hour if the lambs are less than 7 days old (because the nervous system is less developed).
- Rings (all sources) occasionally break so it's wise to check results a week later.
- Failing to ensure that both testicles are actually in the scrotum below the ring. This can be tricky with baby lambs and kids because the testicles are small.
- Applying rings before a lamb or kid is 24 hours old, up on its feet, nursing and active. To do so interrupts nursing and predisposes lamb to rapid death from E. coli problems ("watery mouth"). Many wait at least 2 days to apply on twins, triplets and orphans.
- Rubber rings can cause tetanus. Be sure to vaccinate ewes or does with a booster dose prior to parturition.
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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Lily B from California
Solid tool. The only thing I could complain about is removing the bander from the band once you have it closed around the testies. Was my 1st time banding alone, so perhaps there's a trick to make that last step a bit easier.
Chuck G from Georgia
Four stars because I have not used it yet, but looks well made.
Linda M from Northern California
Easy to Use for docking tails and banding testicles of week old lambs.
Crystal E from Northeastern California
I was nervous buying a plastic bander after using the metal ones for years, wondering if it would hold up as it looked a bit flimsy in the picture. But it's heave duty and does the job just was well as the old metal one. Bonus? It's a heck of a lot easier to find when it drops in the straw or is buried in the back of the vet cabinet! That bright blue really shows up.
William & Lisa S from Virginia
This is our first year breeding lambs, meaning this is my first year doing tails & "noogies"... These really were easy to use, and they will get the job done! Love them!