kenny thomas wrote:Farmgirl10, I use the large Y-tex not the ex-large.
Are the ritchey or the Z-tags a one piece tag?
SRBeef wrote:How important is a reasonable variation in location in the ear to retention?
mnmtranching wrote:Guy down the road has 7 pair, got tags in both ears of all 14 head. Got numbers like C-15-A and stuff like that on the tags. Wonder what is is recording?
rockridgecattle wrote:The key is to not to use the same hole if you have to replace one in an older cow.
SRBeef wrote:There must be something about this time of year and ear tags.... I was checking out the calves yesterday (last one calved yesterday afternoon) trying ot get some photos and identifying marks so I can tell which calf goes with which cow when we work all of them in July.
I was surprised to find 3 cows with eartags either broken off (2-stud and ring still in place) or missing completely (1) with a rather large hole showing and close to the edge of the ear.
These are Duflex extra large and all three are cows that I purchased and came with the tags.
The one with the large open hole got me thinking that it looked like the tag was originally applied too close to the edge of the ear. The Duflex instruction sheet shows then going in about the middle of the ear with the stud well between the two cartilidge ribs. None of these three missing really looks like it is in the place they recommend in the instructions. The ones I've applied I tried to hit that spot and they seem to have held but are the smaller size tags.
I wonder if the smaller size tag in the correct position would solve a lot of these tag problems? Two questions there I guess, size and location. Do smaller tags really stay in better as a calf turns into a retained heifer and cow. Should I leave the small tags in? I have been changing tags on the keepers.
How important is a reasonable variation in location in the ear to retention?
kenny thomas wrote:How about a serious post on ear tags.
Anyone have an ear tag that will not come out in normal pasture conditions. Worked 70 cows and had to replace 5. Not a big expense but would love to have one that never comes out. Also one that the numbers will not fade.
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