FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes! Ritchey’s can produce a die with your ranch brand/logo that can be stamped on your ear tags. The initial cost of the die is approximately $55.00, but the die will be kept on hand for future uses. The die will usually last for about 4500-5000 uses. The brand/logo can then be placed in the shoulder of the tag, above the numbers on the Large Cow Tags and Medium Calf Tags (depending on the size of the logo).
Yes. If you want hot-stamped numbers, this can only be done on the Large Cow Tags. The numbers must be offset – the numbers must be at the bottom of the tag on one side and at the top of the tag on the other, so as not to compromise the composition of the tag. Both sets of numbers will be 1 1/4 inches. If you want the tags engraved, numbers can be placed on both sides of the Large Cow Tag, Medium Calf Tag or Small tags and the numbers do not have to be offset.
When numbering the tags yourself, it’s best to make a light pass (not too deep) the first time. Slowly grind away the top layer until the center layer is exposed. You will then want to go back over the numbers again with the Dremel in order to expose the maximum amount of the center layer – going wider rather than deeper. There is no need to push excessively hard.
Ritchey’s created a dual-colored tag that allows you to engrave through the top layer to expose the center layer. This center layer then permanently displays the numbers/letters ground into the tag – there’s no ink, foils or lasered numbers. The tags have incredible retention and legibility, saving time and money for producers.
Ritchey’s Universal tags are designed to work with any two-piece button system. We carry the Y-Tex button which may be installed using any tagger but you must use the Y-Tex blunt pin tool for installation. Other buttons may be used (such as All-Flex) but you must use an All-Flex tool for installation.
Stencils are not available to be used in preparation of engraving. However, it is recommended that the numbers be written on the surface of the tag to act as guidelines. This will assist in creating a more legible number during the engraving process.
International year letters are designated for each year of birth. It is easy to use this option in conjunction with your cattle numbers.
For example, A001 and A002 may be used to indicate the first and second calf born in the year 2013.
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