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ScotsGirl

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • Wiltshire
Branding Fluid Options
« on: February 01, 2015, 10:52:36 pm »
i want to put a mark on my black Welsh lambs so I can easily identify which mum owns each lamb. I don't want to tag at birth as they are so tiny. I was going to get some Siro Mark a Fluid but it's quite expensive and I only have a few sheep.


Anyone got a better solution? I spray numbers on the commercials which lasts a few weeks but it doesn't show on the black.
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Foobar

  • Joined Mar 2012
  • South Wales
Re: Branding Fluid Options
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2015, 10:36:26 am »
I tag mine at 24 hours - just with the non eid tag as its the lightest.  still makes the ear flop for several weeks though - some ears are better than others.


One guy i know uses numbered metal poultry wing tags, they are about 1-2cm long.  means they will have an extra tag in their ear though, unless you remove them once you tag them properly.


Previously I have tagged a few weeks later, but it is a lot more effort matching up the lambs to the mothers ... a matter of grabbing one and seeing which mum it runs too!  Fun, but time consuming :).

shotblastuk

  • Joined May 2013
  • Proper Gloucestershire !!
Re: Branding Fluid Options
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2015, 10:39:02 am »
Leg tags of some description?

clydesdaleclopper

  • Joined Aug 2009
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Branding Fluid Options
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2015, 11:00:39 am »
I was wondering if it was possible to get something akin to the wrist bands they put on you in hospital to put on their legs until tagging time.
Our holding has Anglo Nubian and British Toggenburg goats, Gotland sheep, Franconian Geese, Blue Swedish ducks, a whole load of mongrel hens and two semi-feral children.

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Branding Fluid Options
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2015, 11:02:01 am »
Ritchey spray-on marker in yellow?

Foobar

  • Joined Mar 2012
  • South Wales
Re: Branding Fluid Options
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2015, 11:12:57 am »
Ritchey spray-on marker in yellow?
They dont last more than a few hours.  I don't know how different BWM wool is to other breeds but spray marker just seems to "fall off" mine!!!

Me

  • Joined Feb 2014
  • Wild West
Re: Branding Fluid Options
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2015, 11:17:38 am »
I find no marker sprays stick to hair very well, it often suits me to spray ewes for cull etc on the back of the head and these wash off straight away

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Branding Fluid Options
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2015, 11:42:01 am »
I've never marked mine but would raddle paste work?  When I had the ram I put the powder mixes with some margarine on his chest. It stayed on the girls bums for ages.
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Foobar

  • Joined Mar 2012
  • South Wales
Re: Branding Fluid Options
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2015, 11:51:13 am »
Nope ... it doesn't last long enough.  Maybe a week on my girls bums, maybe a few more if Mr Ram was super keen on that girl, haha.

Bramblecot

  • Joined Jul 2008
Re: Branding Fluid Options
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2015, 01:17:02 pm »
How about the coloured sticky tape (I think it is called tail tape) wrapped around leg or tail. Or the lightweight aluminium ear tags?

Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Branding Fluid Options
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2015, 03:23:15 pm »
When I worked on a large dairy farm we used the rolls of electrical tape.  The different combinations of the colours having different meanings.

shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Argyll
Re: Branding Fluid Options
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2015, 07:27:07 pm »
Check out  ROXAN.CO.UK  they have very light weight tags with a very thin sharp pin  EASY TAGS @ 11p   and a metal chick/lamb tag PADLOCK TAGS @ 50P                           AGRIFLEXANIMALID.CO.UK  have a REYFLEX pastern tag

mowhaugh

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Scottish Borders
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Re: Branding Fluid Options
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2015, 08:11:25 pm »
SiroMark is worth the money.

ScotsGirl

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • Wiltshire
Re: Branding Fluid Options
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2015, 08:58:23 pm »
Thanks, some inspiring ideas. Siro mark is about £30 and will last me decades. I saw some cheapish branding irons on ebay ages ago and now I can't find them. Might have to resort to cutting numbers out on halved potatoes! (My mate works in a primary school, very resourceful!)

Ladygrey

  • Joined Jun 2012
  • Basingstoke
Re: Branding Fluid Options
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2015, 02:15:32 pm »
Use the tiny chicken wing tags? or use ear notching? a notch doesnt weigh down the ear (well opposite actually) and can never get lost  :thumbsup:

I ear notch all male lambs at birth in one place and any un keepable ewe lambs in another, makes sorting them through a race so much easier when they are grown in the summer  :thumbsup:

 

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