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Branding methods.

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What method do you use to brand your calves?

calf table
20
36%
horse and nordfork
5
9%
horses only
0
No votes
horse and wrestlers
23
41%
other
8
14%
 
Total votes: 56

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Branding methods.

Postby Silver » Fri Apr 22, 2005 12:50 pm

I'm wondering what methods people are using to brand their calves. Allways interesting to see how other folks do things.

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Postby Jinglebob » Fri Apr 22, 2005 5:07 pm

Silver;

Hot iron from a fire wood and propane heated.

Rope and stretch calves between to horses and riders.

Knife cut bull calves.

7 way and whatever else they claim you need for shots! :lol:

Drink beer if any, only after the work is all done.
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Postby sw » Fri Apr 22, 2005 6:45 pm

Rope and drag, two hocks or git off. Horse holds back end, one wrestler. If we have lots of help, two wrestlers. I band at birth, give alpha-7 at birth so all they git is an iron. Almost got the horns bred out of them so that is it. We also brand on or near Halloween, this year if you are not in costume, you don't rope! HA HA
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Postby Jinglebob » Fri Apr 22, 2005 7:16 pm

SW

Looks like my son, on a gray horse we had! Even the same color and style of hat!

Good to see a lady in a hat. I just love ladies in hats!

Good lookin' country. Was this picture taken this spring or last year?

I see you got some of them baseball cap wearin' cowboys in your country too. It ain't what you wear, but what you can do. But I prefer a good hat. If it's a good one, wind ain't a problem.

'Course they don't come cheap!

Although I've had good luck with some of them palm leaf hats.

Hope you got good moisture out of this last one.
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Postby Shelly » Fri Apr 22, 2005 7:26 pm

sw, why so many people? Seems like alot of them are standing around doing nothing. Don't you trip over each other when there's so many of you?

As for the poll, it's quite surprising to see the calf table method is the one with the most votes. What's up with that? Where's all the "cowboy" votes?

Sorry, if I seem sarcastic, I'm just blowing off a little steam. Don't mean to offend anybody.

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Postby sw » Fri Apr 22, 2005 8:00 pm

JB,
The kid on the gray horse is a nephew of one of our neighbors, he's about 23 or 24. Helps us every year. BTW, I am the one branding in this picture. We brand on the neck, we get more money for the hide. Shelly, it may seem like a circus to you, but we get the job done quickly, since it is late October of last year and it gets dark early. The one thing we DON'T do is invite any more than we need to do the job. Lesson learned in the past, so we aren't getting a bunch of "greenhorns" or "wannabees" showing up and messing things up, since they really don't know what they are doing. We also hide the beer until lunch. When I worked at the "Lazy W" , ran 700 cows, they branded with a table which took 4 days and everyone hated it. I bet the boss a half gallon of Lambrusco if we roped we'd be done by 3:00 in one day. We were playing volleyball by 2:00 as I was sipping a glass of Lambrusco. :wink: :wink: :D
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Postby Big Muddy rancher » Fri Apr 22, 2005 8:16 pm

Good picture of you sw. I would recognize you any where. :wink:


The fellow sitting with his back to me looks like a friend of mine but i know it's not him. Nice thing about ranching is that there might be different ways of doing thing they aren't all wrong. We branded with 2-3 people and use a table , it takes us awhile but we do the job we want. Fall gather is where we get a bigger crew. We switched from yearlings to cow a few years ago so were used to doing it our selves.
Interesting about the neck brand,something dealing in generic beef you wouldn't beable to cash in on.
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Postby Saddletramp » Fri Apr 22, 2005 8:38 pm

Good branding picture sw. I guess most folks know how we're doing it this year. It just doesn't seem like a branding if you don't use horses. I agree about double hocking them. I'd rather miss than just catch one foot high up on the hock.

I know there are various reasons for useing a table but pride and tradition should still count for something.

Thanks for the Pics.
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Postby Jinglebob » Fri Apr 22, 2005 10:07 pm

Shelly wrote:
As for the poll, it's quite surprising to see the calf table method is the one with the most votes. What's up with that? Where's all the "cowboy" votes?
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I didn't even see the poll until I read your post. It has changes some since my vote! :shock: :lol:

Anybody wants a table, I've got one for sale, cheap. Guess it's a good one. Ain't seen much use since Dad didn't get a say in how we branded!

As for the comments about "cowboys", this is RANCHERS.NET not COWBOYS.NET !
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Don't matter how you do a job as long as it gets done well. If people want to do things the hard way, I've gotten to the age where I just bite my tounge and let THEM do it. :lol:

I'm not in a bad mood. 1.5 inches of rain, got my saddle almost built (and it the prettiest one yet) and I'm leaving in the morning to see my kids and GRANDSON. I don't want to be a braggin' grampa, but he's the best lookin' grandkid I've ever seen. Nope, doesn't look anything like me! :lol:

Well...... we both got kind'a fat little faces! :lol: :lol: :lol:

I'll check back on all of you folks when I get back home in a few days so don't have any good fights until I get back! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Maybe I'll go post a brandin' poem on Coffe room.
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Postby ropesanddogs » Sat Apr 23, 2005 7:20 am

Sw,nice picture,geeze,i dont think theres that many cowboys within 200 miles of us lol,but its good to see there are large amounts left of us somewhere.Have you ever tried branding on the jaw with a 2 incher? Or would it save the same amount of hide?The company my dad buys for brands all of their turn out yearlings on the outside left ankle i guess youd call it,but ive seen plenty of blothches,even though they use squeeze chutes.Lol,thats the only place i see one of those big whinin slammin things useful,because depending on the runs they may have to process a few hundred head to a few thousand a day,ranging from ropin calves to seedstock bulls.Depending on my dads mood we usually rope and drag all of our calves,and maybe team rope a small cow or two lol,but if he's in a bad mood or a hurry to get to another place for whatever reason he makes us use the chute...sour puss X(
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Postby Northern Rancher » Sat Apr 23, 2005 9:05 am

WE number branded all our yearling heifers on the rib last year using horses-single foot them then headed them and then tailed them down-run the tail through their back legs and over then overcenter them. There were four of us and we couldn't keep the irons hot enough lol. I have some buddies are virtuouso's with 60 footers-me I'm more of a plunker with a 35 lol. Actually at some brandings if the winter calvers call us late we single foot those big calves and take them out real slow let them kinda hop out then thro a head loop on them and tail them over-easier on those big calves. I feel pretty good after one of those deals but I always feel like the 'F' word -farmer-if I use a table lol.

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Postby preston » Sat Apr 23, 2005 10:27 am

Shelly wrote:sw, why so many people? Seems like alot of them are standing around doing nothing. Don't you trip over each other when there's so many of you?

As for the poll, it's quite surprising to see the calf table method is the one with the most votes. What's up with that? Where's all the "cowboy" votes?

Sorry, if I seem sarcastic, I'm just blowing off a little steam. Don't mean to offend anybody.

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I wonder if...calf table....is understood. A lot of extra work. Once they are up there.....lift..back...it is convenient.
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