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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Jamie M from New York
QFlex tags are very snug in this applicator. After having to squeeze a couple times in order to get the tagger to break through the ear to clip together. After releasing I had to forcefully pull applicator to detach from tag itself on sheep's ear. Ended up taking a screw driver to widen the bottom of this applicator so tags can slide in and out a lot better without force. Otherwise have some good arm muscle to use this.
Craig L from Illinois
Works as expected.
Brent/samuel J from North Carolina
Pins seem to bend easy.
Pat M from Colorado
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.