I told y’all I’ve been busy. In fact, today I am only blogging in the middle of the day because it rained last night. Otherwise, I’d probably be horseback right now.
In the past 10 days I’ve been to 5 brandings, and we’ll have our first branding this week, we hope. Our official party branding isn’t until Father’s Day Weekend. I digress.
At the first two brandings I branded about 100 calves.
At the second branding, I loaded fly tags into the gun- they look like these pictured below, but they’re not numbered and they’re sticky and full of bug repellent. If you’re wondering why ranchers use a fly tag, it’s because it allows your calf to expend less energy fighting insects and more energy growing!
At the third branding I started by loading fly tags, then moved to flanking the calves that they were roping and dragging to fire.
When you hold a calf from the ground, it looks like this. Personally I’d rather have the help of a horse, but that’s just me!
I can’t really explain how you go from a rope to the ground, but I’ll see if I can get some photos of it at some point this year. It’s all about leverage. I can tell you that much!
After two pens of calves, I was granted permission to get on my horse and rope some calves. I didn’t have great success, but did manage to catch one, and my horse did great, which meant I had fun! I will keep practicing. Besides, practice makes perfect!
Yesterday’s branding I vaccinated and flanked. Needless to say, after two days in a row of flanking, I am one tired girl!
I have no idea what I’ll do when we brand this week. I’ll probably do whatever Zach tells me to do! And at some point this summer I plan to learn how to castrate the little bull calves too. Doesn’t that sound like fun?
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend folks!
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