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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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.
Sheridan F from Kentucky
I have two rams, one a Katahdin and a White Dorper. I bought the large polled ram shields because the Katahdin's head is about the same size as the Dorper's and there are a number of reviews that state the small is too small for a Katahdin and the large is what is recommended for the Dorper. The large is too large for either, the problem is in the length of the face shield, which cannot be shortened without taking the thing apart and re-sewing it. I ordered the small shield so hopefully it will fit. It might be helpful to measure your rams head from the top of the corner of his eye to about an inch up from the corner of his mouth (as shown in the diagram provided for putting the shield on your ram) to find out just how long his head is. Other than the sizing problem, the product looks well-made.
Kim from Missouri
I purchased these a couple of years ago and pulled them out for the first time this morning when I woke to find my two Icelandic rams in a huge battle. Unfortunately they are MUCH too small for either of my rams even though I ordered the size recommended for Icelandics. There is no size or item number indicated on the items so I'm taking a gamble and hoping that they are small. I've reordered two large shields this morning but will have to keep my rams separated until I get the order. Please change the recommended size for horned Icelandics to LARGE since I've noted this comment now on other reviews. I'll see if the large size fits and update review if it does and if the product works. My recommendation of NO to buy is based on the size chart for Icelandics, not the product quality.
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.