Posted 4/13/2019 22:28 (#7438042 - in reply to #7437655) Subject: RE: Tattoo Ink
I always drop mine in a little Chlorhexadine solution between calves. My dad used dilute Clorox for years.
Tattooing instruments are a good way to spread bovine leukemia virus, anaplasmosis and any other blood borne disease.
I never preapplied ink to the ear before clamping it, just used quality roll-on liquid ink worked in well after done with the pliers. Stone makes a good ink. Got a batch of some other brand through the vet supply one time. Those started fading out by around 2 years of age!
I never had the time to spend wiping paste ink on them and especially couldn't see the point of putting a coat on first so the needles poke through it before they go through the skin. The amount they take in is inconsequential. To get a good long lasting tattoo, you have to work ink in to fill the holes. Paste is great, just slow cause you still have to rub it in. A good roll-on is quick and effective.
Very important to scrape/wipe off any wax before you start.