Q-flex RFID Tags
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) ear tags have an embedded microchip that provides instant identification of the animal via an RFID reader. Premier’s farms have used RFID ear tags for 10 years. Our shepherds are able to conveniently track and identify every member of the flock with the electronic tags.
Tag set includes: (see tags at right)One RFID 2-piece ear tag
- Female tag: Pre-printed with a unique number that matches that of the embedded RFID microchip.
- Male tag: Blank (optional imprinting)
One Visual 2-piece ear tag
- Female tag: Visual tag for additional identification. Pre-printed with the same unique RFID number.
- Male tag: Blank (optional imprinting).
Customize your tags! We can customize the male side of the tags with consecutive numbers or farm/ranch name. Usually shipped within 2 business days.
How to order—see "Customization" below. If ordering "blank" tags, type "blank" in the Customization Instructions box in the shopping cart.
Not Scrapie Approved.
- 1.625" x .4375"
- Package of 5 tag sets.
- Two sets: one RFID, one visual.
- Tag color: Yellow.
- Tags are FDX-B type.
- Polyurethane. 2-piece tag.
- Insert tags using Q-flex, Pro or Allflex applicators.
- Use RFID Readers to collect data and make sorting decisions in the field.
- Male sides can be left blank or imprinted (details below).
- Can also handwrite on them with Marking Pens.
- Not Scrapie Approved.
Female sides are pre-printed with a unique manufacturer RFID number. Premier has no control over this number. Multiple packages of 5 may not be consecutive in number. They are consecutive within a package of five.
Male sides can be custom imprinted: 1) Consecutive numbers or farm/ranch name. 2) Up to 2 lines of 13 characters per MALE SIDE ONLY!
Custom printing details…
- Order tags above.
- Determine imprint (MALE SIDES ONLY)
- Numbers must be consecutive with or without repeating farm/ranch names. Up to 13 characters and 2 lines on MALE SIDES ONLY!
- Logos/Brands a one-time $15 setup fee per design.
- Imprint location - MALE SIDES ONLY!
- Enter tag numbers/letters either in the "Customization Instructions" box in the Shopping Cart or the "Comments" box on the Payment Options screen.
- Custom-imprinted tags are not returnable.
How do I order…
- To leave Male Tags blank—Enter package quantity of tags above and type "blank" in the Customization Instructions box in the shopping cart. Note: Female sides are pre-printed with a unique RFID number
- Individual names, numbers or replacement tags—Specific animal names on each tag as well as individual numbers out of sequence can be done on the MALE SIDE ONLY. But it takes much more machine time per tag so the cost per tag is $2.50/tag and please call Premier at 1-800-282-6631.
Note: You can also hand write numbers and letters on blank tags or supplemental data on already printed tags. Use our Marking Pens.
How to Use
- The male and female tags will come to you slightly connected. You will need to tear them apart.
- Place the flag of the female tag under the metal spring finger. The printed side of the female tag will be against the jaw of the applicator. Slide the male tag over the metal pin. NOTE: Be sure to push it all the way onto the pin. The printed side of the male tag will be against the other jaw of the applicator.
- Make sure the tag is correctly placed. Slowly squeeze the handles together to be sure the male pin aligns with the female opening (be careful to not put the tag together yet).
- Place the ear between the jaws of the applicator. While gripping the ear, quickly and firmly squeeze the handles together until the male tag is inserted through the ear and into the female tag.
Use RFID Readers to collect data and make sorting decisions in the field.
Inserting 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) and 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.
Listed below are recommended optional components or related items. Your particular situation may require alternative recommendations. Please call and talk to our consultants if there are any questions at 800-282-6631.
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Robert D from New York
RFID Tags work very well but it would be nice if they came in two colors. We would like to tag ewes one color and Rams a different color. It would also be nice if the web connecting the front and rear tags were a bit stronger. The web helps keep the tags from disappearing into the ear when left unbroken but these webs are fairly weak and do break.