Ear, ear – tag me please

UNUSUAL COLLECTION: A South Australian collector is asking for old ear-tags to join his 1500 strong compilation.

A COLLECTOR of sheep ear-tags is asking local farmers to add to his growing stockpile.

With almost 1500 tags in his collection already, Paul Armstrong is hoping to increase his acquisition to include tags from not just Australia, but worldwide.

“I started collecting the tags back in 1959 as a kid living in outback Broken Hill,” he explained.

“Like many boys at my age things were still pretty tight in the post war period, so we collected marbles, rocks and a few of the boys began our collections of ear-tags from sheep stations with the property name imprinted on the tag.

“At that time tags were small and large plastic tags, brass, or plain aluminium and coloured aluminium of different sizes – my oldest tag is from 1949.”

Mr Armstrong said collecting ear-tags was like collecting a piece of Australian sheep breeding heritage, and was also an amusing look into the local wit, with property names such as – Youldoo, Dry Lake and Budgerygar.

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