Ear tag applicator for installing all styles of Q-flex® visual ear tags.
- Powder-coated aluminum resists wear over years of use
- Retention clip keeps tag in place, essential when tagging ornery stock
- Not cumbersome; handles easily for precise tag placement
Use to install the following tags:
How to Use
- Female tags will need to be separated from male tags.
- Place the female cap of the tag completely under the spring fingers of the applicator. If numbered, the numbers will be down and the tag will extend away from the tagger. Slide the male tag over the metal pin. If numbered, the numbers will be 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 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 quickly and 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.
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.
ApplicatorsItem #6300880 -
Tool for applying all styles of Q-flex visual ear tags. Powder-coated aluminum won’t rust.$5.00
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Katie O from California
I bought this tagging gun in Sept ’23 after we switched tags for our herd, and I hate it. I would NOT recommend this product to anyone. Mine does not look *exactly* like the one pictured, so perhaps the mfg changed? This applicator takes so much force that it’s really difficult to close it, and we just found out after tagging 15–20 goats that the edges of their ears are getting caught in the mechanism and getting pinched and even sliced in a few cases. We wondered why some of our fall babies had wounds on the edges of their ears, but thought maybe we had a biter. But after several ear edges were bleeding today and a few had the hair rubbed off in stripes, it’s clear that it’s the gun. I came to Premier to buy a better quality one thinking maybe I’d shopped on Amazon to save a buck, only to find out that it’s in my order history here. I’m going to try the Pro Applicator and see if it’s any better, because I really don’t want to have to order a whole new set of scrapie tags again!
Cynthia Z from Oregon
I purchased this tagger after my other one just like it didn’t work on the tags last year. I’m not sure if it’s the tagger or the tags. It is so very hard to squeeze the handle. I have not had any complaints with your tags or taggers until last year. I thought buying a new tagger would fix the problem. I’m hoping there is an explanation.
Jessica K from Pennsylvania
Great tag applicator. Easy to use!
Sabrina A from Texas
Nice, heavy, well made tool.
Patti B from Iowa
This instrument works, however it takes so much force at the agony of the goat kid.