Livestock Marking Equipment You Must Have In 2023

Livestock Marking Equipment You Must Have

Here at Carmel we udderly understand the importance of having the perfect products on the farm. Whether you need marking tools for cattle, hogs, sheep, or some specialty poultry wax, we've put together an a-moo-zin’ list of Carmel’s Livestock Markers that we think are the best for all your farming needs.

Yeehaw farmers and farmerettes! 

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Here at Carmel we udderly understand the importance of having the perfect products on the farm. Whether you need marking tools for cattle, hogs, sheep, or some specialty poultry wax, we've put together an a-moo-zin’ list of Carmel’s Livestock Markers that we think are the best for all your farming needs.

We understand that a lot of folks out there may not be super familiar with farm marking products, so we wanted to take the time to educate you a bit! Our blogs are filled with information to help you learn all about the different types of marking tools and how they can be used.

Why is it important to have the right marking tools for live animals?

Let's explore how our Paint crayons, or "Chalk" as they are sometimes referred to, help the farming industry keep organized! Our specialized markers can meet the needs of any livestock producer. They are used for multiple tasks, such as tracking breeding, indicating medical treatments, culling, and managing herds. At the end of the day, our markers make it easier for producers to keep track of their livestock.

But there’s more

What are the common uses for livestock markers and chalk for breeding purposes?
1. Dairy Farm Use
The most common use in the dairy industry involves heat detection for artificial insemination. A mark is made on the cow's tail that is expected to come into standing heat. Once the mark is smeared or rubbed off, the cow is ready for insemination. A different color can be applied after insemination to indicate the source of the semen from a particular genetic line, the date of exposure, or any other instance that requires special attention from the laborer.

2. Beef and Swine Use

In these industries, paint crayons temporarily identify which animals are bred, expecting, or ready for breeding. They may also help indicate which trimester of pregnancy the animal may be in. In grazing areas, they serve as visual aids to identify those that have received veterinary treatment. 

Now that we've shared why Carmel’s livestock products are so beneficial, have a look at our list of the 3 products every farmer should own!

Livestock products every farmer should have
1. Carmel Livestock Paint Crayon
Many livestock paint crayons are on the market today, so it can take time to decide which to choose. If you’re looking for a reliable, quality product, a few things set Carmel products apart from the rest. First, they are specifically designed to mark quickly and effectively on livestock surfaces such as hide, fur, and wool – whether wet or dry. They work under all weather conditions and are fade resistant, even in bright sunlight. Finally, they are made with high-quality, solidified fresh paint that has been tested and formulated to answer the particular needs of the livestock industry. This paint adheres to the animal’s hide well for long-lasting and weather-resistant identification. Carmel always uses high-quality pigment mixtures to achieve excellent color quality.2. Carmel’s Retractable Livestock Crayon
This livestock marking product is one of our favorites! This soft animal marking stick comes in a twist-up plastic tube, similar to a glue stick, creating easily-applied bold markings on wet or dry livestock hide. Not only does this marker come in eight bright colors, but it also comes in two fluorescent colors! The innovative twist-up dispenser reduces wasted paint, and the cap provides extra room for the extracted crayon, so there's no need to retract it completely before replacing the cap. 

  • How does the Retractable Livestock Crayon work?
    1. Unscrew the cap of the retractable livestock marker
    2. Hold the cap's crown and use it to twist the dial at the bottom of the marker to expose the crayon. 
    3. Mark the area you wish to mark using the exposed crayon. 
    4. Once finished, twist the dial to retract the crayon back into the marker. 
    5. Replace the cap to cover the retractable livestock marker.

When the marker is in use, the cap's crown fits into the base of the crayon and helps rotate the dial. This also prevents residue inside the cap from soiling the crayon when replaced. These features make the livestock crayon easier to use and keep your hands clean. We love this innovative twist-up livestock crayon, making marking your animals easier and less messy!
3. Carmel Livestock Ear Tag Pen
Ever wonder why you see tags on the ears of farm animals as you’re driving by on the highway? Ear tags are used to identify individual animals in a herd. They are usually used on cattle, sheep, and goats but can also be used on other animals, such as horses, pigs, and llamas. Ear tags help ranchers, and farmers keep track of their animals, monitor their health, and know when to vaccinate or treat an animal. Carmel’s valve-activated Ear Tag Pen applies specially formulated black ink manufactured to adhere to polyurethane plastic surfaces, ideal for marking the standard ear tags used in the livestock industry. Live in a rainy town? The ear tag pen creates bold, durable, weather-resistant markings suitable for all climates!


1. What type of animals can the retractable livestock crayon be used on?
The retractable livestock crayon is safe to use on farm animals, such as cows, sheep, pigs, and goats. It is also suitable for use on horses, alpacas, llamas, and even domesticated animals if needed.

2. Can the livestock crayon be used in wet conditions?
Livestock crayons are ideal for use in wet conditions, as their wax-based formula is waterproof and can withstand the elements. They are a great tool for marking and identifying animals in wet or damp environments, as their bright pigment won't run or smudge.

3. Does the livestock crayon come in different colors?
Our Livestock Retractable Crayon is available in 10 colors: red, green, blue, purple, yellow, pink, white, black, fluorescent pink, and fluorescent green.

4. What is the best way to store the Retractable Livestock Crayon?
Our Livestock Retractable Crayon features a deep cap that conveniently attaches to the back of the crayon for easy storage and can be replaced when you're finished.

Well, we hope you were a-moo-sed by this blog folks, and we promise no more farm-puns from here-on-out!

At Carmel we are absolutely delighted to provide you with the perfect products, even if you work on a farm! From keeping your cattle tagged to preparing animals for sale, we have the perfect selection for you. Our commitment to quality products means you can rest assured that you’re getting the best items to help make your farm a success. 

We’d love to hear from you, especially if you’re a farmer and have any questions about our livestock products. Please email us and we’ll be sure to get back to you y'hear? SO sorry! We had just one last pun. We promise no more farm-puns from HERE-on-out!

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