Automatic sheep tagger. Which?

PhilipB

Member
Anyone had any experience of a brand that works well? And does do economically- particularly regarding the cost of the tags that go through it.

I've had the roxan tagfaster for a couple of years, by and large it's mechanically great, but I've just realised that I pay 1/3 more : 20p more, for every slaughter tag that passes through it.

For every strip of 20, I could pay myself £4 to load them manually. Annoying.
 

Nithsdale Farmer

Member
Livestock Farmer
Unfortunately you pay for convenience. That's how life works... remember, you can tag a lot more with the tagfaster in the same time you can with a manual tagger.

But I hadn't realised they were quite as expensive as that (I have the Tagfaster too, don't check the price when I buy them)
 

Al R

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
Thanks, I'll take a look.
The shearwell is 5p/tag more to have them preloaded into the drums. System works well with very few problems, the only problem I have had is with the new tags themselves bending when inserting but when I preloaded some of my 6 month olds tags In they went in no problem.
 

Al R

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
Do you think they have altered the plastic?
Shearwell tags used to be super, but they do seem to be more brittle nowadays.
I just use the Roxan tagfaster . Works a treat !
I’ve always found that with fresh tags the needle bends before penetrating the ear, give it a few weeks and their grand, it’s annoying when it happens with the autotagger because of how it holds them. I have heard they’ve altered the tagger slightly since they released them but not sure on it? Tagging at 5+ months the ear is harder than when a week old which is when I think a freshly manufactured tag might not have any problems
 

PhilipB

Member
So at 500+ the tag faster is 78p per tag.
Shearwell is 64p, plus 5p if you want them ready loaded.

So, at a 14p per tag saving the £60 shearwell tagger is paying for itself after 430 tags

(it's a wet morning here.)
 

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