Z Tags Product Reviews

Look at What Livestock Producers Are Saying About Z Tags.

Z Tags were introduced in 1992, and the unique, flexible one-piece design and advanced application system quickly became a big hit with livestock producers around the globe. Here’s why:

  • Superior retention
  • Outstanding readability
  • Easier application
  • No more torn ears
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • A wide range of sizes & colors

Now, we also offer an advanced two-piece design with the same superior Z Tag advantages. So whichever tags you choose, you can rest assured your Z Tags will last as long as the animals who wear them.

But don’t just take our word for it. See what livestock producers in your area have to say about their Z Tags below:

I have been using Z Tags for 3 years. Prior to using Z Tags, I have used the most popular tags and had very poor results keeping the tags in the cattle's ears. Since using Z Tags, I have been very pleased with the cattle not losing tags. I am now only putting tags in one ear instead of putting the same number in both ears.
John Haid, Siloam Springs, AR
We use the Z Tags on our calves.  They're great because they are easy to move around between pastures and transport.  They're much more convenient to use when you don't have work space readily available.  Plus, Z Tags are quicker to apply when working a lot of calves.
Bobbi Ann Shanks, Columbus, KS
Love them for new born baby calves. Extremely easy to use. Fast, just wish the holes would not wallow out. I tend to lose tags after a year of administration. Still highly recommend Z Tags for new born calves.
David Brown, Greenback, TN
We have been using Z Tags for several years. We put the 1-piece tags in the calves at birth and use the less-known 2-piece tags in our replacement heifers. There is great retention and little fading on the tags.
Nancy Bath,
I like to use Z Tags because of no torn ears, no pins to keep up with, ease of use and they hold ink well.
Tommy Widener, Glade Spring, VA
Quick & easy & durable.
Paul Parmley, Monticello, KY
I have had the opportunity to use these tags with my brother in Montana and we have had very good luck with them.  They are easy to see and have lasted several calving cycles.
Robin Anderson, College Station, TX
I switched to Z Tags 5 years ago. It has almost stopped re-tagging.
Larry Reeves , Elba, AL
Tags go in really easy, but the best thing is the percent of loss went down by at least ninety percent.
Joey Bass, Prospect, TN
We are in the stocker business so we use the large blank feedlot tags, 90-120 days. We've been using the Z Tags for about 12 years. They are very simple to apply. Retention rate is very good. They are inexpensive compared to the 2 piece tags we used in the past.
Vince Rawe, California, KY
Z Tags are the greatest for retention and long-lasting color. On 400 head, we have a 98% retention rate.
Mike Shaw , Babb, MT
We use the Z Tags on our calves.  They're great because they are easy to move around between pastures and transport.  They're much more convenient to use when you don't have work space readily available.  Plus, Z Tags are quicker to apply when working a lot of calves.
Bobbi Ann Shanks, Columbus, KS
I use the Z Tags because they stay in for the life of the cow. They are easy to apply and you do not have to worry about torn ears.
Dr. Matthew Garcia, Baton Rouge, LA
I have been using Z Tags for quite a few year now and I really like them. The one-piece tag means no fumbling around with buttons and lining things up like the two-piece tags. Also, the break away pin on the applicator is nice for quick release. They seem to hold the numbers great when we give two coats of in. We have lost very few, but when we have, they came out the hole in the ear and didn't split the ear like the tags with buttons.
Todd Swang , Harvey, ND
We calve out in the pasture and when you have a mama cow breathing down your neck, we use Z Tags because they are quick, durable and they are the most reliable tag on the market today.
Jeff Smeenk, Newell, SD
I use Z Tags daily in my backgrounding operation. I have excellent retention and they are very easy to apply. They are priced very reasonable.
Jackie Moore, Mt Vernon, MO
We use 10,000 a year and they stay in good and are easy to read. They don't cross contaminate from ear to ear.
Howard Ranches Inc, Waurika, OK
I run about 200 cows in North central Kansas. The reason I use Z Tags is:
  1. No infected ear.
  2. Simplicity.
  3. No positioning of tag & button.
  4. No torn ears during the tagging process.
  5. One piece. No buttons to buy.
  6. Very durable tagger.
  7. Good retention in cattles.
  8. Much easier to tag cattle in the correct location in the ear with Z Tags.
  9. If the cow is a b***h in the chute, Z Tags are the answer.
  10. Z Tags hold ink (minimal fading).

DeAnn Ancell , Dorrance, KS
I have used Z Tags for 3 years in my stocker operation and have been well pleased.
Larry Wilson, Newpoint, TN
We were using Duflex tags and they pulled out of the ears, tore the ears and some were in backwards. We switched to Z Tags and they are easier to use and read, they stay in the ears and are easy to put in the ear. Only 1 piece, no lost buttons! THANK YOU Z TAG! We LOVE your product!
Ladonna Yeadon, Slayton, MN
We love the Z Tags on our operation. The kids are helping. The Z Tags are so easy to use. There is no better.
Larry Keith, Austinville, VA
We have been using Z Tags and have good success with them. They seem to be durable, have good retention, and the ink seems to last very well. The majority of the tags we lost were when the cows caught it on something and ripped their ear. There were a couple where the hole in the ear wollowed-out and the tag fell through. The tags have held up and we have not replaced any tags because they did not hold the ink or because they were destroyed. Application is simple. You don't have to worry about losing or breaking studs or having the right needle for the applicator. Overall, a very good product.
Tom Gutermuth,
I use Z Tags all the time, very dependable, better than Allflex (Hols. Assoc Tags). Very easy to use.
Robert J Eustice, Byron, MN
For the past several decades, we have run a commercial brangus cow herd and frequently have had at least 10 ear tags come out over the course of one year. NO MORE!! Z Tags have been a no-nonsense tag that stands up to the rigors of the tough brush our cattle have come to know as home. I have lost 1 tag in the last two years. Yes, two years, and that was due to a dog latching on a little too tight. I'm a believer and will continue to use Z Tags. Thanks for your product!
Corby Gotcher, DDS, Lake Jackson, TX
I like the tagging procedure, it doesn't tear the ear.  The color stays on good for years.
Eugene Weiler, Mt. Sterling, IA
I have used Z Tags for 4 years and have been well pleased. Very few lost tags in stockers, bulls, or cows. Would highly recommend these tags to any beef producer.
Max Bozeman, Elba, AL
I am a Canadian cattle producer who has used Z Tags as soon as I became aware of them 10 years back. As you may be aware, our all-knowing government introduced a trace-back system for cattle, which required CCIA tags. There tags were Allflex dangle tags, which in our environment are notorious for falling out due to bush, self-feeders, poor buttons, etc.Now we are forced to use EID tags with same application. It would be great if Z Tags had an EID tag that these government people would approve.For ID purposes, I use Z Tags. A great tag, like it a lot. I put it in and it stays in.
Ray Prevost - Lac La Biche , Alberta, Canada
Z Tags are the best tag on the market. Have been using them for 20 years. Easy application and easy to read.
Bart Schnapf, Madisonville, KY
We have been using Z Tags for several years. We dairy and Z Tags have a lot longer retention than any other tag we have used. When we buy replacements we replace their tags with Z Tags, they work for us.
Bryant Fisher, Yantis, TX
I use Z Tags on calves at birth. The tag retention was excellent through shipping and heifer development. Easily readable and long lasting.
Bill Ekstrom, Meeker, CO
I switched to Z Tags after finding the ease of the gun compared to the standard button tag.  I found less pull on the ear.  The tags have not come out of the ear where I have lost button tags and had to replace them with Z Tags.
Tom Neidermeier, Rock City, IL
I have tried all types of ID cow tags and Z Tags and are the ones that stay in the cow/calf ear and holds their visibility for years.
Tommy Martin, Moundville, AL
I like Z Tags because they are the only tags that last the life of the cows. You will never have to replace them.
Jake Lucke, Hope, MI
Z Tags are the only dangle tags we use. Best application.
T Wright Dickinson, Maybell, CO
I like using Z Tags because of the ease of use.  Pre-printed tags are very easy to read and they do not come out.  It is nice not to have to worry.
Jason Benoit, Welsh, LA
These are the best tags I have ever used.  Good retention, easy to apply, the marker is the best on the market and I have tried most of them.  My search is over.
Mike Canal, Baton Rouge, LA
Z Tags are convenient, easy to apply and economical. Safe on ears.
Phillip Kinslow DVM, Lebanon, TN
Z Tags are the only tags that stay there and last in our females in a rotational grazing system where they encounter rough ground and some trees and brush. They are cow friendly, even in the coldest wettest conditions.
Trevor Toland, Macomb, IL
They don't tear the cows ear.
Frank Lawson, Ellenboro, NC
I like Z Tags because of easy application and they will stay in longer than other tags I have used.  I am planning on converting all my tags to Z Tags.
Mark Yeatts, Abingdon, VA
We use Z Tags on our farm for our cattle because we've found that the tags stay in better.
Janie Yeargin, Greenfield, TN
I have tried just about everyone's ear tags. Z Tags stay in the longest and don't snag on twine. Using your no-fade ink marker, they are readable longer.
Lowell Keller, Mandan, ND
The tags last a very long time. Tags priced as real money saver. I like the way they stay in and how the applicators work, does not tear the ears.I use the tags on my mother cows and all my calves.
Daniel Beaty, Cleveland, TN
We have been using Z Tags exclusively since 1993, and we still have a few of those animals left with their original ear tag. A little faded, but still readable. It's the only ear tag to use, simply because it's one piece and easy and quick to put in the ear (no buttons to line up and fool around with).
Todd and Katlenia Vejraska, Sunny Okanogan Angus Ranch, Omak, WA
I enjoy the Z Tags for the ease of use and the durability and the low price. Great product.
Matthew Anderson, Chilhowie, VA
I'm Leo Sutterfield of Mountain View, AR a cow/calf operator for the past 25 years. Early on I tried various types of ear tags, but about 15 years ago, I found Z Tags and I would never go back to anything else. I find the retention rate to be phenomenal.We tag our new calves with the Z Tags calf tags and our mama cows with the adult tags. We never seem to have to re-tag, and find keeping our inventory to be much easier with Z Tags.Great tag!!
Leo C Sutterfield JR., Mtn View, AR
Tags are simple and safe to use. They stay in the ear and don't fall out.
Wesley Adam Green, Shirley, IL
They are great. You don't have to keep up with 2 different things. (tag & button) I tag all of my baby calves. There was nothing more aggravating than catching a calf and not having a button for my tag. I do not have to worry about that now since I use Z Tags.
Logan Roberts, Memphis, TN
I used the Z Tags on my calves last spring and they work a lot better than button tags. The buttons seem to get caught on hay feeders and rip out. I noticed that's where a lot of the button tags are - around the ring feeders.
Danny Brown, Elkton, SD
We run around 100 head of registered Gelbviech cattle in southeast Kansas. We have been using Z Tags for 3 years now after trying what seemed like every other brand. It seems that we would lose at least 30% of the other brands, no matter what the conditions or the brand. Since switching to the Z Tags, we have had much better results.Since we tag all calves at birth with date and sire date, it is important for us not to lose tags. With even a handful of tags missing on a bunch of black calves, it takes a lot of work to figure out who is who. Thanks for making a great product. Attached in a picture of a handful of our fall bulls with Z Tags in. Notice none are missing.
Jeff Cleland Cleland Cattle Company, Arma, KS

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