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.
Note: Colors may vary.
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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This was just the ticket for our aggressive doe who was flinging our bucklings at random moments, not just feed time. This is a durable shield with strong nylon straps. One side of the mask is similar to suede so I put that side facing her skin. The other side is shiny, almost waterproof. One of the fasteners seemed to be put on backwards, but this did not affect fitting or performance. Speaking of performance the doe could not get this off, adapted to it by the next day and is no longer flinging our bucklings around. This is a very affordable solution to what could have been expensive or life threatening injuries. I purchased the Small horned version for our Nubian/Nigerian cross.
I put the ram shield on when ram is in the pasture, I have no problems with ram butting others. It is amazing how this product works. I have already recommended it to other sheep owners.
Marie K from Minnesota
Arrived in very timely manner.
Great product Ram not pushing ewes away from feed now
Gail W from Michigan
I have Barbado Blackbellies and bought three of the small size for rams that were put back together after breeding season. I adjusted all three to the smallest fitting I could and they all had them off in 15 minutes.
Crystal E from Northeastern California
We used these on our suffolk/hamp rams when we pull them from the ewes and put them in a pen together. They'll swing their heads sideways at each other but can't get a good running start to do any real damage. About a week with the shields on and then we can take them off and everyone gets along. They are difficult to get tight enough on a polled ram, especially when new, but if you're careful to pull it down in the back behind the base of the ears, and tighten it really well, it will stay on. And one of my rams gets pretty determined, rubbing it on the fence and shed. They are well made from heavy leather. Some are 10 years old and still in service (though they are only in use a couple weeks out of each year).