Nettex Marking Crayons
Marking crayons make highly visible marks on ewes (or does) to let the shepherd quickly know which animals have been bred (and which haven't). Record the ear tag number and date for an estimated lambing/kidding date.
3 temperature options: All-weather, Cold/Soft, and Hot/Firm. (See table below for temperature recommendations.)
Crayons are compatible with Premier’s Deluxe Marking Harness, Nylon Breeding Harness or Cross Your Heart Leather Breeding Harness. (Harnesses sold separately.)
- Size: 4" length x (Front: 2" width, Back: 2 1/4" width) x 1" height
- Contains wax, colorants and inert excipients; no toxic components
- Metal cotter pin comes with each crayon
- Plastic cover protects crayons during transport
- Compatible with Premier’s Deluxe Marking Harness, Nylon Breeding Harness or Cross Your Heart Leather Breeding Harness. (Harnesses sold separately.)
Marking Crayons Compared
|Colors:||Red, Blue, Green||Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, Black||Red, Blue, Green||Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, Black|
How to Use
- Remove cotter pin
- Remove plastic cover
- Place narrow end of crayon (plastic side down) in wide part of holder
- Gently slide up until it can go no further
- Slide cotter pin through holes on side of holder and crayon
- With needle nose pliers, bend end of cotter pin to lock in place
- The shade of the marks on wool may not exactly match the crayon color.
- Store in a dry, cool place to prevent crayons from melting.
- Always check the ram every day to see if the crayon needs changing or the harness needs adjusting!
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.
Nylon Breeding HarnessItem #501000 -
Ram crayon marking harness. Ideal for larger framed animals. Quick and easy to adjust.$18.50
Deluxe Marking HarnessItem #501020 -
Many flocks use marking harnesses on their breeding rams to identify when ewes are bred.$28.00
Cross Your Heart Breeding HarnessItem #502600 -
Harness fits to rams and bucks to hold marking crayons, letting shepherds know when ewes or does have been bred to anticipate lambing kidding dates.$26.00
Sheep Management WheelItem #986000 -
Provides a detailed schedule based on your preferred lambing date. Very helpful in planning out your shepherding year.$14.00
Lambing and Kidding Aids
Lambing Barn Sheets, 10 per packetItem #780045 -
Keep records with these easy-to-use lambing barn sheets. An easy reference for all of your lambing details. Packet of 10.$10.00
Pasture Management GuideItem #984000 -
The best modern guide we've seen by far. Highly recommended for all Midwest shepherds who pasture sheep.$18.00
Hobby Farms Book - SheepItem #981021 -
Wonderful illustrations with excellent content for the small hobby farm enthusiast.$17.00
Storey's Guide to Raising Meat Goats BookItem #981006 -
This essential handbook covers every aspect of acquiring, caring for, managing, and marketing meat goats.$27.00
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The reviews have been mixed on Premier’s EZ-Mark® Crayons so we brought in harness crayons from a reputable UK manufacturer as an alternative. When marketed in Europe, Nettex crayons are available only as “all-weather”. But for the US market where the weather can fluctuate between extremes, they’ve introduced COLD/SOFT and HOT/FIRM options.
For folks familiar with Premier’s EZ-Mark crayons, Nettex All-weather crayons will offer similar performance in mild temperatures (40–80°F).
(Some customers have asked for the crayons that Pipestone used to supply prior to Premier's acquisition. Nettex is the same brand that Pipestone offered.)
Ron G from Michigan
I have used these crayons before with little problem. But this time had a problem with crayon separating from its holder after only one day. Was warm here (80°F).
Ronald G from Texas
These markers work very well and are very helpful in keeping track of which ewes are being bred and when they are bred.
Rhonda H from Idaho
We prefer to use the "hot" weather chalk even in our colder weather for several reasons. Our rams are big Hampshire cross, so the firmer, "hot" variety last longer due to the weight of the rams. The marks are still clearly visible.
William H from Kentucky
Each color of Nettex crayons broke off after the first day and no ewe had been marked. We're now trying Flockmaster marking fluid.
Travis L from Oklahoma
We have had good luck with them and will continue to use them.