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gcreekrch

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All branding pics are encouraged. Calf tables, nord forks, rope and drag, it’s all good to go.
Our calves aren’t big enough to carry a brand quite yet.....
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We had a Powder River calf table once, and Mr FH and a neighbor changed it so it was easier to use. Cut it down, or something........made it easier to tip over.
We brand in a table but standing as I band all male calves at birth. Three shots, implant steers, brand ID tag and there is the odd set of horns to burn off. Three or four of us can average a calf every 40 to 50 seconds.
 

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A calf every 40 to 50 seconds is fast enough. Usually just the two of us and it's been a long time since we could work that fast. We do everything in a squeeze chute and average about 30 per hour on our home-raised calves and we can only do it that fast because we also band at birth.

That slows way down on sale calves and cutting bulls to about five minutes each. The occasional horns on those really take up a lot of time, but admittedly, a lot of that time spent on the bulls now is just me getting back up.
 

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We do have the first two bunches branded and ready to go to grass should it ever come. Too busy to take photos. Old fella watching yesterday said we averaged 48 seconds per calf going through the table. Two pushers and four at the chute.
 

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Went to a branding at Bert's this morning. Based on the amount of vaccine I went through there must have been about 200 calves. I had the camera but was kept so busy giving shots I never took a picture, I told one of the gals there that I have my camera but never ready with it when something exciting happens. About 20 minutes later a rope stuck on a hind foot of a calf who had been worked. Same gal was trying to get it off. She tripped just in time to catch the other foot being kicked up. Caught her on the nose. She got a good cut. I didn't see the kick but I saw her drop like a rock. No picture.
Then there was a cow with an abscess on its jaw. They were going to rope her to doctor. Neighbor roped her. His horse bogged its head and went to bucking. He is a former college regional champion/PRCA saddle bronc rider. We all thought he had it covered but he got bounced up on to the saddle horn. That was it, he came off. Again no picture. All this excitement and no photographic evidence.
 

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Remind me never to accept an invitation to Bert’s branding! 😂
If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been kicked I’d buy everybody a steak supper.
 

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Remind me never to accept an invitation to Bert’s branding! 😂
If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been kicked I’d buy everybody a steak supper.
I have been kicked a lot too. But how often have you been kicked in the nose by a 200 pound calf? Of course this gal is only about 5' 1" so her nose is closer to the calf's feet. Her little sister was there also. She is about 4' 10". If half a dozen like those 2 showed up, everyone else could just stay home.
 

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We had a county extension agent help brand years ago. He was wrestling calves and was on the back end of the calf.
Turned the legs loose and that calf kicked back and got him in the nose. Knocked him backwards and bloodied his nose
really good. I don't think I have seen that happen since.
 

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I have been kicked a lot too. But how often have you been kicked in the nose by a 200 pound calf? Of course this gal is only about 5' 1" so her nose is closer to the calf's feet. Her little sister was there also. She is about 4' 10". If half a dozen like those 2 showed up, everyone else could just stay home.
If you’d of seen my face ya may wager it’s been kicked a few times. 😁
She is tougher than me, but most folks are
 

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