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, (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 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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Joshua B from Tennessee
I purchased the polled ram shield, small, for my Katahdin ram. The product gets 2 stars because it does work as advertised. While he was wearing it, he made body language several times as if to set up a butt, but each time when he got lined up, he looked confused and shimmied away, because he couldn't see anymore. Unfortunately, after only a few hours, he had figured out how to slip it off, and that was the end of its usefulness. I had the straps as tight as I felt comfortable doing on his face. I just don't see how a polled ram wouldn't be able to slide the shield off if he wanted to.
Colin B from Nova Scotia, Canada
I bought a small Ram Shield for an 8 year old horned Icelandic ram. I choose this size based on the recommendation found in the table in the catalogue. However I have found it is way too narrow for this ram. I checked with two other mature Icelandic rams and their eyes are even wider apart. I suggest you change the recommendation in the table and actually state the distance between the eyes.
wendy c from Yorkshire, UK
Great temporary measure. As others with Polled rams have said, easy for them to figure out how to get it off, plus for my suffolk cross would prefer a medium. However, great safety item for putting on when visitors come to the yard. Have just bought 2 more as he lost one. Intend to cut down the large so at least he can peek out of the side so he doesnt stress as much.
Anna M from Mo
It took two people to put the shield on our horned Icelandic, but it's working. The ram can peek around the shield, but can't see to charge. He's stopped butting the door frame in the stall and the feed trough. The shield does need to be checked daily, but after a week it's still on and working. Very well made.
Angela R from Missouri
This shield for my horned Shetland ram was easy to apply to the ram, while my husband held the ram. One week later, the shield is still in place and the ram pen is now safe for all its inhabitants. The head ram is still the head ram, but he is no longer bashing his penmates while they sniff the cycling ewes.