- Male pin pivots only after the handles are fully closed or fully open. Releasing only when a tag is correctly applied.
- Sliding lower jaw with quick release by pushes the female tag out after application.
- Tagger can be adjusted to accommodate slightly thicker-than-normal tags by adjusting the applicator restrictor (yellow switch on side of tagger). Push-out for easier handling of the thicker tags.
- Tagger can be locked into the closed position for storage.
How to Use
- Separate female tags from male tags.
- Place the female cap of the tag completely under the spring fingers of the applicator. If numbered, the numbers will face down and the tag will extend away from the tagger. Slide the male tag over the metal pin. If numbered, the numbers will face up and the tag will extend away from the tagger.
- Before you try to insert the tag into the ear, gently squeeze the applicator together to ensure that both the male and female tags are properly aligned.
- Place the ear between the jaws of the applicator, positioning the male tag on the back side of the ear. Make sure the tag is correctly place.
- Grip the ear firmly at the proposed position of the tag. Place the point of the tag in contact with the ear close to your thumb. This allows you to feel the vein therefore avoiding it. Completely close the applicator until the tag is inserted through the ear and the female side of the tag.
When applying EID Tags, push the yellow Application Restrictor out (toward handles), to make application easier. For all other tags, have the restrictor pushed forward (toward jaws).
To lock the jaw in place for storage, push the applicator restrictor in the forward position, close the handles and depress the jaw lack button. Release the handles.
Tag placement is critical to success!For maximum retention and the lowest risk of bleeding and infection, place ear tags in either of the two spots shown in the illustration below. The goal is about 2-3 inches from the head of the animal.
TIP: Inserting 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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John H from Texas
Works very well. Easy to use.
Julie S from Illinois
Amy F from Wisconsin
I’ve had this tool for about a year now and it works great. I use it with the Scrapie mini-tags, on both lambs and larger sheep. I especially like that the pin swivels and automatically releases as soon as the tag is together…if a sheep jerks its head away the applicator automatically releases instead of tearing the tag out of the sheep’s ear. Feels well-made.
Amy J from Wisconsin
Pin that it came with it was too small for all of the tags I ordered.
Magowah R from Mississippi
Works extremely well. I have arthritis in my hands and I can use this without difficulty.