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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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.
Michael H from Missouri
I wanted to get the Pro model but it was out of stock so got this one instead. Turns out to not be a bad choice and is a lot cheaper for a small operation. I tagged 4 lambs with it. It does take a good bit of strength to get the tags pinned on, but I think it was because it was relatively cold outside (25 degrees) and the tags were cold. I needed to follow the instructions with the tags that said to warm the tags in warm water. I was already using the blue anti-bacterial lubricant. After the first one, I warmed the others in my pocket for a while and that seemed to help. The U-shaped piece of metal at the end of the handle that is meant to keep the tool closed when not in use fell off and was lost almost immediately. Does not impact the utility of the tool. I also purchased a spare pin, but did not need it for this first use. I think it will be OK for a small operation, but for someone who is tagging dozens of animals at a time, it might be better to get the Pro model.