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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Donald W from California
Broke two applicator pins in the first 13 tags. Started being more careful when loading the the tags and it helped but, they still bent after ten or so tags. There are a lot better taggers out there.
Aaron from Iowa
Pin needs to be redesigned. If you push the male side of the tag firmly all the way to the bottom of the pin, it works, but the pin sticks inside of the shaft of the tag. If you don't push it all the way to the bottom of the pin, the pointed part of the tag's shaft is left unsupported as you squeeze the tool and is easily bent (rather than pushed straight through the animal's ear). I've had better luck with the AllFlex "Total Tagger" (competitor) on the Q-Flex tags than with this one specifically made for them.
Selden W from New York
Hard to squeeze, even for a woman with very large hands. Cheaply made -- one plastic handle broke in half in one season of use. Wish there were a better alternative... this product is unworthy of Premier.
Frank R from Texas
I do not find this to be a good applicator. When the male side of the tag is slid over the pin, It will not stay on. It slips off. While attempting to secure the animal to be tagged, if the applicator is turned over the tag falls off.
Sarah H from New York
I have been using it to tag week old kids and lambs. I have used it about 30 times at the point of this review. It has worked fine. No Tagging problems. The only complaint I can think of is: that you have to squeeze really hard. I've grown accustomed to that now and automatically give it extra good squeeze upon application.