HOW TO EARTAG YOUR GOAT

March 2, 2008

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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10 Responses to “HOW TO EARTAG YOUR GOAT”

  1. eddie81 Says:

    I had my first set of kids born yesterday. How old do they need to be for me to place the eartags?

  2. thekebun Says:

    That is an excellent question, something that was not covered. We normally tag our kids when the mob have finished with the kidding and by then the group could be from 6 weeks to 1 week old. What i would like to suggest that you use ice cubes where you intend to tag them on the ear as this helps a lot in numbing the pain when the tagging is actually done.

  3. eddie81 Says:

    Thank you! We will use the ice cubes. With any luck we will be done kidding this week.

  4. thekebun Says:

    Let us know how it went Farmer Eddie, Cheers, Farmer Adrian


  5. I tagged both my goat kids yesterday and I ce cubes work well to lessen the pain. Make sure that you prperly restrain the goat before ear tagging it. If the hole punch goes in and the goat trys to jump away it may rip the goats ear.We tag our goats at 3 months of age.

  6. livinmagik Says:

    Looking for help
    Have a rescued a young boer goat she has a tag in her ear how do I find out who she is registered with and how to change ownership
    Thanks from Homeland,CA

  7. The Kebun Says:

    You will need to see the marking on the ear tag. What does it say?


  8. Is there a way to look up the numbers on the ear tag?


  9. Hello there,
    We are planning on getting two pygmy wethers next year, but we’ve already had problems with our pets being “funny” with us (Guinea pigs want nothing to do with us) and we were wondering we would lose their trust by causing them pain. Of course the goats have no idea that this particular pain is necessary, so would they feel betrayed? I know this was posted a long time ago, but any help would be greatly appreciated 🙂
    Kind regards, Grace

  10. The Kebun Says:

    The pain will much less when you use ice cubes on the area you want to punch the eartags in. Or just fill a plastic bag with water (size your palm/hand can handle) and freeze it. Have something they like to eat handy or do it before their meal time so as to distract them after punching.

    Don’t worry about them distrusting you. Have someone else do it if it really concerns you so that the goats don’t associate pain with you. Even if you do it they will soon forget it ever happened.


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