Eartags are an easy way to permanently identify each goat in your herd. Unlike tattoos, you can read them without actually having to catch the goat. Unfortunately, unlike tattoos, they can break and fall out of the goat’s ear. Before you put in the eartag, be sure to record what eartag number you are assigning to the goat.
Load the proper number into the eartag applicator.
Restrain you goat kid in a disbudding crate or wrapped in a towel or by holding it like this. Older goats will need to be straddled and their head pressed against your attendant’s thigh.
Locate the area you want to eartag. Be sure to go between the large veins in your goat’s ears. The veins are located in the large creases in the ear. Try to put the tattoo near the center of the ear where it will be less likely to catch on things and get yanked out.
Position the eartagger over the area you have selected and give it a strong squeeze. If the eartag has two parts be sure the top and bottom parts are on the correct sides of the ear before you squeeze.
Eartagging causes about as much pain as getting your own ears pierced. Goat kids will want the comfort of their dam or a bottle of milk after the eartagging is finished.
When you are done, you will have an easy-to-read identification number on your goat that can be used for herd records and health certificates.