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
Horned Ram Shield:
- 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.
Adjusting or modifying 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 and instructions above) within limits. The depth that you cut will depend on how wide your particular ram's head is. (Remember: You want to block the forward vision, not the side vision. Start with small cuts, and then increase if the eyes are still blocked from the side.)
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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Evan L from New Hampshire
I had problems with my ram ramming the ewes constantly for multiple days…and the ewes were clearly stressed out. I wasn’t sure what to do at that point and someone recommended this ram shield. I got the small horned ram shield for my Icelandic ram and I couldn’t be happier!
The shield has worked perfectly, I have been using it since November 2022 and saw instant results. Peace has been restored in the flock! He acts like he doesn’t even have it on, he walks around, runs, interacts with the other sheep and myself, eats and drinks all as if he wasn’t wearing the shield. I highly recommend this if you have similar issues or ram on ram issues.
Brianna S from North Carolina
The shield was easy to put on, and took a day of adjusting tightness to get where it stayed on my ram. After that, he stopped ramming! Works excellently.
James S from Tennessee
Really hard to get and keep on, no matter how hard you tighten it.
Diane W from Missouri
I got this for my registered white dorper ram. He’s only been wearing it for a little over a week and it’s cut a deep gash into his ear. I bought 4 of these to keep the rams under control. I’ll be returning the other 3. I got the appropriate size for him and it was not put on too tight. When I put it on him I thought the ear holes seemed a bit small but they seemed like they’d be ok….well they’re not. Here we are a little over a week later and I’m wondering if he’s going to loose his ear. I won’t even be able to sell him if he does loose his ear. I think the concept of the ram shield is good, but it needs a lot of work. The ear holes are the main issue with this. The sizing for his breed was fine, but the ear holes have caused serious damage to my ram. I’m not happy about any of it.
Cheryl T from New York
I bought a small polled ram shield for a ewe that was jumping over the fence. It looks like a large one sent to me. It didn’t stay on. She had it off by morning.