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.
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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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.
Hope C from Maine
Works well but would recommend a this side top on it since I did put a few tags in backwards
Trey & Larry R from Idaho
Pins are very soft, have 2 sets of taggers, and each pin only lasted about 35 head before bending. Tagger itself is ok, but heavy and bulky. The older plastic ones from the previous tag version were much better. I have gone to an Allflex tagger for the Q3 tags, it works much better for me.
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