Experience indicates that it will be practical to have two people present during collar fitting.
Wearing a collar must be as comfortable as possible for the goat. Therefore a good fit is important. The collar weighs approximately 0.5 kg.
The collar is fixed around the neck so that the hoops are lying against the goat’s neck. It is fitted correctly when the hoops are lying nicely in the groove over the neck muscles.
The collar is anatomically designed and the battery part must lie facing the goat.
If it is clamped too tightly, it will be uncomfortable for the goat. We recommend slack of approximately 4 cm, or two fingers, on the upper edge. Too much slack will cause the hoops to hang too low and the collar will move too much. This presents a risk of the goat stepping into the links. Note how the collar hangs on the goat when it is grazing and when moving. Try it out and adjust when necessary.
From experience it can be practical to be two people while adjusting the collar.
All adult animals in the herd must have a collar. The young will follow the mother until around the age of around 4–6 months, but this varies among individuals.
With young animals, care must be taken to ensure that they are big enough to be able to carry the weight of the collar. The estimate here is approximately 17 kg or 4 months, but it is up to the individual owner of the animals to evaluate whether this is appropriate.