Tagging Best Practice

Shearwell Top Tips for Successful Tagging

  • Tags should be applied so that the point (male part) is on the inside of the ear.

  • The tag should be applied 1/3 from the head and 2/3 from the tip of the ear.

  • For sheep, loop tags should be on the upper edge of the ear, allowing room for growth.

  • For cattle the tags should be inserted in the middle/lower ear.

  • Avoid piercing the ridges of cartilage in the ear, as this may deform the ear and may also result in infection.

  • Disinfect the tag and load the tag as per instructions supplied with the applicator.

  • Tags should be stored in dry conditions.


Tag Feedback Forms

Please use the following links to www.gov.uk to provide feedback about approved ear tags. The links open in a new tab.

Ear tag feedback form for sheep and goats

Ear tag feedback form for cattle (Look for the download button near the bottom of the page.)