Protect animals and yourself.
Rams can injure each other during breeding season. The Ram Shield is so effective in subduing belligerent rams that it surprises first time “users” (both the ram and the shepherd).
Ram shields are used to block the ram’s forward vision—which prevents rams from charging humans or other rams. Side vision is not affected so the rams can still eat, graze, breed and drink. We use shields only as needed and remove them when the fight “urge” is over.
Two versions, 2 sizes in each style. Horned shields fit over the horns. Polled shields rely on the ears and head shape to hold its position.
See below to determine the size needed. It refers to adult, full-grown rams. The heads of ram lambs are smaller than adults--so a size smaller than shown might work better for them.
Small--Cheviot, Finn, IceLandic, Katadin, Navajo Churro, Romanov and Shetland.
Large--Border Leicester, Columbia, Corriedale, Dorper, Dorset, Hampshire, Lincoln Longwool, Montadale, Polypay, Rambouillet, Romney, Southdown, Suffolk, Targhee, Texel and Tunis.
How to Use
Horned Ram Shield:
- Lay ram shield against the ram's face, (Premier logo at bottom, facing out).
- Thread top straps through loops on each side of shield.
- Fasten buckles around chin and around throat and pull straps very snug.
Polled Ram Shield:
- Thread top strap through loop on each side of shield, to form a space for the ram's ear to fit through.
- Place shield (with Premier logo at bottom, facing out) against the ram's face.
- Insert ears into spaces between straps.
- Fasten buckles around chin and around throat, and pull straps very snug.
Cutting the shield
Getting a good fit is not always easy, because every ram's head is different. A shield can be adjusted and modified (shown in "See More Photos) within limits. The depth that you cut will depend on how wide your particular ram's head is.
Our serrated (#750900) and ARS foot trimmer (#769500) work well for cutting the leather. Remember: Start small with your cuts, and then increase if the eyes are still blocked from the side. You want to block the forward vision, not the side vision.
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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Debra J from Wisconsin
I bought the large size polled ram shield for my 3 year old Suffolk ram. He was getting really bad and this was his last chance after butting me twice for no reason. It worked great. I put it on fairly snug after reading the reviews. He backed up after I let him go and came at me. But became scared when he realized he couldn't see me. It's made very well. He has rubbed it on everything trying to get it off. It's been almost 30 days and I'm very happy with it. He's been a lot easier to work with it on. It didn't rub or leave and marks on his face when I checked a few days ago. I will be buying another one for my other ram.
Samuel S from Ohio
The small shield is too small for our Katahdin ram. He can see forward and can still but after his head is down by simply peaking.
Melissa B from Washington
This is our second shield; currently being used on a slightly larger ram. Other than running quite small (at least for our Scottish Blackface with a large horn base), the shield has saved our fences! Works great, ram has no trouble eating or drinking.
Amy E from Michigan
I liked the idea of this harness, and the design was good - but I ordered two size smalls for my 3yr old Icelandic rams and they weren't even close to being able to fit around the base of their horns - way too small. We ended up cutting most of the harness off and re-configuring it for it to be usable (I needed it that day, couldn't wait to exchange it). Once we got them on they were great! No drama, no butting - GREAT! These rams have not been kind to each other in the past, so I know how this would have gone without the shields. I would recommend this to someone IF they fit their ram. I don't recommend going the route we did.
We got the shield for a two year old Shetland ram. It takes two of us to get it on him, but once on, it has stopped him damaging gates--pretty amazing. It is sturdy and stays on when strapped tightly. It seems a bit wide for this ram and may be causing some stress. Some tips for how long to leave it on without causing undue stress would be helpful.