Me: "My goat has a tag I need to remove; do you have something I can use to do it myself?"
(doing it ourselves is what keeps this whole thing going)
Tractor Supply Guy: "Yes m'am, right over here"
I know, I got m'amed, but in the context of buying a livestock ear tag remover at Tractor Supply it felt quite right. $4.99 later I was headed home to free her from her big plastic earring.
In case you were wondering, this is how it works:
The tag reads, unlawful to remove, so the first step is to ignore that.
Take the knife and slide it between the tag and the ear. You will be cutting the post that goes through the ear. Get a firm grip and gently pull on the hook while moving in a twisting motion. Do not tug too hard or you could do more damage to the ear - especially long ones like this Nubian cross has.
Next apply antiseptic to the hole in the ear to clean it and prevent infection.
It does leave quite a hole
This is what Vera thinks of ear tags