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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Stephen B from Mountain West
These seem to be very sturdy taggers. Heavy duty.
Jonathan M from VA
Only tagged 2 lambs so far but I'm pleased with ease of use and visibility of the Q-Flex tags.
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.