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branding day!

Postby Shelly » Wed Apr 20, 2005 9:36 am

Today's the day! Oh, the bawl of cows and calves when they're seperated, and the smell of singed hair! Gotta love it! But sad to say, we're not doing it the "cowboy" way. We use a tipping table, less wear and tear on the calves and us. Today, it's me using the syringe, my husband with the clippers and branding iron, and our best friend running the calves up the chute. Best crew ever! Better get at 'er!

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Postby Faster horses » Wed Apr 20, 2005 9:57 am

"...less wear and tear on the calves and us."
Sorry, Shelly. That is a matter of opinion.

Hope your day goes well and your calves are all healthy. (Not being smart, I sincerely mean that.)

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Postby Northern Rancher » Wed Apr 20, 2005 9:58 am

Why would a table be easier on the calves-you better go watch a good branding crew of cowboys not drunk team ropers like they tend to get at some places. I've done thousands both ways and I'll take a good horse crew any day-the best table at a branding is a picnic table.

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Postby Jinglebob » Wed Apr 20, 2005 12:24 pm

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Amen brother, amen!

The system that Soapweed came up with is based on using a snubbing poet with a fork at the top.

The feller that told me about it now lives down near Soapweed.

He said they had an old cowboy who wouldn't or didn't care to work with others or maybe he just couldn't get good help, invented it or at least showed it to him. He had a well trained rope horse and would have about 20 calves in the corral with the forked snubbing post. He'd double hock a calf and slid the rope into the top of the forks and then ride on by untill the calf was snubbed up short. (just as in Soapweeds excellent pics)

Then the feller would step off from the horse to let the horse keep the rope tight. The feller would brand and work the calf and then step on the horse and release the calves and then do it all over again, until he was done. Seemed like maybe he'd do about 20 or so as they were born so that when he was done calving he was done branding.

We used this system on a small buch of calves, but my boys were small and they would just stay on the horse for control and hold the calf. I didn't have any horses who I would trust to keep the rope tight. Didn't work too bad at all and sure beat a table.

Looks like Soapweed has improved on the system and if people keep using their heads they may even improve on what Soapweeds got done. No offense Soap!

Of course some people don't have the knowledge or skill to know that a horse can be a damn fine tool. You can tell a lot about a worker by his tools and the shape he keeps them in!

As far as nordforks, or calf forks as they are called around here, if you've got some folks who know enough to slip a little rope once in awhile and then back their horse or ride forward to retighten, the forks work a lot better. I've been told that if you use motoercycle or maybe even bicycle inner tubes to attach the forks to the pin, that there is way less chance of over stretching a calf. All tho' I've seen a bunch done and nothing got hurt, just using regular tubes and common sense.

As for me, the perfect branding is holding both ends of the calf with horses, but then I like to have fun! :lol:
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Re: branding day!

Postby rancher » Wed Apr 20, 2005 12:39 pm

Shelly wrote:Today's the day! Oh, the bawl of cows and calves when they're seperated, and the smell of singed hair! Gotta love it! But sad to say, we're not doing it the "cowboy" way. We use a tipping table, less wear and tear on the calves and us. Today, it's me using the syringe, my husband with the clippers and branding iron, and our best friend running the calves up the chute. Best crew ever! Better get at 'er!



Shelly-what do you do with the clippers?
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Postby Les » Wed Apr 20, 2005 12:43 pm

Rancher go over to shellys place and i am sure she will be more than willing to show you what they are for lol :P

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Postby Northern Rancher » Wed Apr 20, 2005 1:07 pm

We sometimes park a kid at the out gate to hold the front legs off a horse. If people want to use a table fine but don't brag on how fast you go and how easy it is on calves. Brandings for one thing aren't a race least not in my neck of the woods.

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Postby rancher » Wed Apr 20, 2005 1:41 pm

Les wrote:Rancher go over to shellys place and i am sure she will be more than willing to show you what they are for lol :P


This does sound a bit kinky? Still wondering what she used them for.
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Postby the real jake » Wed Apr 20, 2005 2:07 pm

You have to remember what month Shelly calves in rancher. I think they might have a bit of winter hair that they shave off. Those winter calves always look rough to me if someone has a few in bunch of April/May calves at branding. They do bring in the biggest check most years, but there is a cost to it too. All operators figure out what works best for them I suppose.

I am doing some better in the rain dept. I would ask you, but I don't want to jinx you. It is spotty here.

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Postby the real jake » Wed Apr 20, 2005 2:10 pm

Just in case anyone has the thought in their head that Shelly is shaving them like sheep, I meant they probably just shave the spot that the brand goes on. :wink: I probably just should have let her answer your question. For all I know maybe they have a market for calf hair in Canada. :)

Maybe they make calf hair McCarty's with em.

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Postby Northern Rancher » Wed Apr 20, 2005 3:33 pm

We clip any yearlings we have to brand it actually speeds up the job not having to burn through that old winter hair-makes a nicer brand too.

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Postby Les » Wed Apr 20, 2005 3:33 pm

what i do if a calf has too much hair instead of clipping it I just brush the hot iron over the spot i am gonna brand and it burns the hair off and the iron is still plenty hot to brand with.


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