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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Shelley L from Canada
Not impressed with them. I got the first one and it's so hard to squeeze I need three hands to use it. So I got a second and it's the same thing. Bend a lot of pins as well. But gets the job done
Justin F from California
Cheap but do the job. Same type of tool as you get free with scrapie tags. Should've held off to see before buying but it'll make a good backup.
Chad B from Virginia
Just tagged 30 goats... Worked just fine. No problems at all.
Cathy S from Iowa
Would be nice if the tagger came free with the eartags as they used to. Worried about the pin breaking after reading other reviews. Pain in the butt to need 2 taggers for free scrapie tags v. premier tags.
Marlene A from Nebraska
Really hard to get the tags to release. Too stiff for a woman to operate easily.