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shearling

  • Joined Mar 2011
Dangly earings or button studs?
« on: April 26, 2011, 03:09:16 pm »
Having now got some of our own lambs born we need to get the ear tags. Do they have to be dangly earings or can I use button ones? If I could I thought these might not rip out so easily, any thoughts and where to buy?
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Dangly earings or button studs?
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2011, 03:26:58 pm »
It's best to hold off a while before actually putting in the tags until the lambs ears are strong enough to take them - as long as you can identify each lamb before that.  We use turkey wing tags at birth as temporary ID of new lambs then put in the permanent ones once they are sold on at 4 months, or 9 months for those we keep.
We use Allflex bubblegum eid tags which are generally accepted as good - they are the dangly type, but soft, with a good pin, plenty of room for the developing ear and clearly marked.  We have in the past used button tags, before they had to have eids in, and we found them ok in general except that they tended to get rolled over ears caught in them on application, in breeds with small ears.  Some other users hate them.  Look carefully at the tags you choose to make sure there will be room for the ear to grow - some tags get narrower towards the folded-over end and have caused problems, others don't have enough room at the pin end for thick ears.
You can order all your tags online or by phone - much quicker than going through an agricultural store which just act as agents and take up to a month.  Defra has a list of recommended suppliers - these suppliers will take the details they need from you and supply legally appropriate tags.  Try googling Allflex for the bubblegum ones - they will send out samples.  They also do a slaughter tag which has a very fine pin but if you want them to stay in for more than a year or so would probably not be suitable for the long term.
The best way to ensure that your eartags stay in and don't cause infection is to apply them properly in  precisely the right place between the rays of cartillage in the ears. We have been putting ours in for the last few years with the fold at the top of the ear and we have found these catch less often.
« Last Edit: April 26, 2011, 05:56:15 pm by Fleecewife »
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shearling

  • Joined Mar 2011
Re: Dangly earings or button studs?
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2011, 05:17:58 pm »
As ever, brilliant advice and support. We do not need to tag them yet as only three boys :sheep: :sheep: :sheep: and I can tell them apart very easily

lachlanandmarcus

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Dangly earings or button studs?
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2011, 10:33:26 pm »
I would also recommend the Allflex bubblegum earrings, they work well on my Shetlands, lose an occasional one but not many even with the EID. We dont tag until 6 months ish so as to reduce the risk of losses/infections/torn ears

 

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