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.
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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.
KiwiCrook™Item #804334 -
Has both a neck and leg crook for catching sheep and goats. Lightweight for quick handling.$52.00
Aluminum Tube RedCote™ Crook, 54 in.Item #804326 -
Used for grabbing animals as they are passing by or singling one out of a group. Handles well.$28.00
Sweet Chestnut Wooden Neck CrookItem #804100 -
Wooden neck crook preferred for herding dog trials. Light in hand. Nearly essential for herding sheep.$47.00
The "Premier" Fiberglass CrookItem #804331 -
An all-around good shepherd’s crook for handling sheep. Lightweight for quick handling.$30.00
Blue Leg Aluminum CrookItem #803001 -
Leg crooks are best for goats because goats prefer to face you--so if you wish to catch them in a pen, it works best to do so by snagging a front foot.$28.00
Aluminum Leg Crook (head only)Item #803000 -
An effective leg crook head (wooden or fiberglass shaft, not included) used for grabbing either the front or rear legs of sheep or goats.$13.00
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Sandy M from Arizona
I bought the shield for a horned sheep because the other solid one for polled sheep was on backorder. It fit and worked fine for a big club ram. Would order it again if the same circumstances happened. (Maybe he will grow horns, lol.)
Jeremy R from Minnesota
Made too small around the ears. Needs another strap to help hold them on. They come off very easy.
Nicholas E from Alabama
The small polled ram shield fit my Katahdin ram just like the size guide suggested. He had been ramming both the shelter and the ewes, but by obstructing his vision, this shield has pretty much put an end to both behaviors. Price is well worth it!
Ryan P from Oregon
Works great. Only complaint is the ear holes need to be bigger on the large ones.
Matthias F from Pennsylvania
Works well; a bit hard to get on.