My husband and I banded 28 lamb tails last night after work. We are both giving you an enthusiastic ‘thumbs up’ to the ‘WEE’ Bander. There is no way with a normal elastrator that we would have been able to band so many lambs in such a short period of time. It probably took less than half as long as normal. We are careful about placing the ‘WEE’ Loop in a joint (not placing on a joint is painful for the lamb). We always want to leave at least one digit (short docks tend to have prolapse issues). With the normal elastrator, you have to ‘roll’ the band off the end of the prongs, and sometimes it lands in between the joints, and sometimes it does not. When placing the ‘WEE’ Loop on the tail, once it is in place, it doesn’t move when tightened. So, we spent much less time evaluating the placement, cutting off misplaced bands, and doing it again. There was actually none of that. The lambs only acted painful for 10-15 minutes, and then they were back to being normal. I have seen some act painful for up to 2 hours with a normal elastrator.
With the normal elastrator, we had some tail infections each year (one or two). With the ‘WEE’, all tails dropped off much quicker than with the elastrator bands and we did not have any infections.
The investment in the tool and extra expense of the loops will be worthwhile for us.
We are very happy with the tool and the bands!