Protect yourself and animals. 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.
Horned shields fit over the horns.
Polled shields rely on the ears and head shape to hold its position.
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
- Lay ram shield against the ram's face.
- 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 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 (see photos above) within limits. The depth that you cut will depend on how wide your particular ram's head is.
Our Premier Serrated Foot Trimmer and ARS Hoof Trimmer 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.
See instructions above for additional information.
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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Scott S from Oregon
OMG, did this work well on my large Icelandic ram! Bought the small size, fit perfectly. Completely took the fight out of him. I now feel safe working around him. Now we have a happy flock. Ram does not like it and tries to scrape it off once and a while. I am ordering a second one in case he succeeds (I did not cinch it down really tight because I wanted him to be more comfortable).
jessica l from Louisiana
Pretty easy to get on once you figure it out. I like that the shield itself is leather so I can trim sides if needed. But the sizing is hard to get right when ordering. We have a normal size American Blackbelly and a large is really too big but works ok when tightened all the way down. They can't get it off and doesn't seem to increase rubbing on fence post. This shield will not fix ramming 100 percent but does help. Usually now he charges and stops short a few feet out from his target. When he does ram it's at walking pace. Need to give him time to adjust before you leave because ours ran into a few fence post at first just freaking out for the first few minutes. All and all I think the best bet is just to segregate rams. We were trying to avoid it with our limited space. I do think it is worth the money when you can't segregate.
Debby P from Texas
Be sure to check SIZE CHART—it lists the breed and suggested size. I bought a large for my Katahdin because it seemed like he had a big head but it was TOO big. The chart suggest a small.
jenny R from Minnesota
Super service! I ordered large for my alpine doe who likes to kill other goats and large was way to big! I believe it would have fit my Suffolk ram though. I called and actually got real people who were super nice and helpful! I now have a small on its way!!!!
Lorene S from California
The shield works really well with the aggressive rams. We have montadales and the large size does fit but they figured out how to get the shield off in about week. We now put collars on the rams and use 2 small nylon straps on each side of the shield by the ears to attach the shield to the collar. So far that has worked with the rare times a ram has been able to get the shield down below his eyes. Then he looks like a bandit and generally the ewes stay away from him. We have found that we have to leave the shield on for longer times (3 weeks or more) when we put the rams together.