We have made a short video to show you how to attach the neck strap to the collar chain.
Wearing a collar must be as comfortable as possible for the animal, and a good fit is imperative.
- For cattle, the space between the animal’s neck and the collar should be a fist tall.
- For sheep and goats, we recommend a slack of approximately 1.5 in / 4 cm. This equals a two fingers tall gap between the animal’s neck and the neck strap.
A too loosely fitted collar will hang too low and swing exceedingly. There is also a risk that the animal may get its foot into the hoop if it’s too wide, or that the hoop can get stuck in something, causing the animal distress or injury.
A too tightly fitted collar can be unpleasant for the animal, and can cause shafing and eventually blisters.
Avoid using the collars on newly sheared sheep. There is a risk that the repeated movement of the collar can cause injury on the jaw. It may be a good idea to leave some wool on the jaw when shearing the animals, so that it cushions for the collar’s movement. If the fleece is longer when fitting the collars, some farmers shear off some of the wool on the sheep’s neck to stabilize the collar and making sure the metal chain gets in touch with the animal’s neck.
Observe the collar when the animal is grazing and when it’s moving about. Adjust if necessary.
Experience indicates that fitting the collars is easier if more than one person is present, especially if the animals are unaccustomed to handling.
Young animals should have reached a suitable size and maturity before being introduced to Nofence. They should be strong enough to wear a collar, mature enough to understand how the system works, and big enough for the chain to be in contact with the animal’s neck.