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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Emily T from Hawaii
We used this Q-flex applicator over the weekend on 12 lambs and 17 older ewes (all hair sheep). This was my first time using any type of ear tag applicator and it went quite smoothly. The lambs were very easy to tag with one hand and some of the older ewes required 2 hands to press the applicator together, but all in all, it went very well. I had purchased a replacement pin just in case after reading the reviews, but never had to use it since the original pin held up just fine.
Mary W from Maine
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.