Qwik Tag Applicator
- 9" long
- For installing Qwik Tags
How to Use
- Qwik tags can be placed into the applicator by folding it in the middle and pushing it into the open jaws with your finger.
- Slide the female side into the jaw with the recessed hole. Then you can easily work the male portion into the other jaw of the applicator.
- Gently close the applicator to make sure the male and female tags meet.
- While gripping the ear 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. While still holding the ear, release the applicator and check that the tag is free of the applicator before pulling away.
Tag placement is critical to success!For maximum retention and the lowest risk of bleeding and infection, place ear tags in either of the two spots shown in the illustration below. The goal is about 2-3 inches from the head of the animal.
TIP: 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). 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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Robert W from Montana
This was supposed to be a one part tag tagger. It doesn’t hold the tags like it’s supposed to and doesn’t open up very wide in order to put the ear through and not push the tag in a different direction.
Dianne S from Idaho
This applicator worked great with the Qwik Tags. I really liked that the tag stayed in good position once I put it in the applicator. Then I could concentrate on catching the lamb and inserting the tag in the ear.
Alice B from Oregon
I have lambs that get stuck in everything, including a wet paper bag! Don’t want to jinx this ear tag but so far so good! Bought the applicator too, it’s very easy to use. I have the bigger tags on a few purchased ewes in the flock and after a year or so (gives me enough time to know them by number) before some fall out. All in all, not sure where else I would purchase my tags if it wasn’t for Premier 1!
Nathan C from Nebraska
Very smooth to use. Feels very sturdy and well made.
Elizabeth B from Missouri
Here, the lambs stay with the flock for 8–12 months, with lambs born year-round. The colored tags let me see generally when the lambs were born, so that they may be marketed on time.
The small tags easily and snuggly spring into the Qwik Tag applicator. The male end of the tag is smaller in diameter and requires less pressure to move easily through the ear than other tags.
When applied from the tip of the ear toward the head on the back side, the tag fits between the ridges in the ear and generally stays in place. I may leave more room towards the tip of the ear so that the tag remains between the ridges and leaves room for ear growth.