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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

After Calving? Brandin'!

~My task in life is to be a happy woman.~
~Mabel Collins 1887~

Last Thursday, my older brother, brother-in-law, and a friend of theirs came to hunt sage rats for four days. So, it was a whirlwind of activity...when I'm not that good at being a hostess. But, we all had a great time, ate Traeger BBQ dinners and caught up on lots of family stuff.

Friday, we got another taste of spring; 70 degrees and yard work. Saturday...well, the wind woke everyone up...then the rain came...then the snow...crazy weather!

Monday, My Man got the day off and we went brandin' at the neighbors. It was supposed to be 60 degrees, but it never made it there, and the wind was a lil' bit stout too (you can tell by the layers of clothes). But everyone had a great time...

Joe and Pat (my farrier) makin' a catch...the heeler then brings the calf
 to the fire while the header follows along with a slack rope. The
ground crew then flanks the calf to the ground and places
the head rope on the two front hooves and the
riders keep the ropes taught.

Tossin' a Loop
Good lookin' horses 'n buckaroos...always fun to watch.

Catchin' Heels
Jeff catchin' two heels.

Irons in the Fire
The fire has to be tended just right to keep the
irons hot enough to make a good brand.

Holdin' Steady
Pat and Jeff each have the heels on their two calves...the horses hold steady
while the calf is branded, vaccinated, the ears are notched, and
if it's a bull calf, he's castrated.

Burnin' Hair
My Man is laying on the brand while Bossman Dan looks on.

Yum! Lunch!
And when the works all done...Gretchen's Dutch oven cookin'...The BEST!

The day before that (Sunday) we helped brand at the 3J Ranch...look at the beautiful blue skies!! It wasn't 70 degrees, but the sun sure was warming.

Cotton Clouds
Cotton Clouds

The calves were separated from the cows and then ran
through the calf table; vaccinated, branded, castrated.

Layin' on the Iron
Grandpa places the brand. He's been using this
 same brand for 50 tradition.

Wednesday will be sorting pairs for the 3J getting them ready to move out to spring pasture and Saturday I'll help trailing a herd across the desert with Bossman Dan...Colt's gettin' his fair share of cow work in!


lisa said...

That was a great post, I am a green horn and don't know a lot about ranching except what I learn from my bloggers and books and magazines and such. I have to say that I would love to sure experience it some day!

Carol said...

Nice that you help one another. We used to do that during haying season.

Mikey said...

Ahhh, what a life. I love your pics, and I especially love that grey horse. What a picture he makes!! And dutch oven cooking too? Oh yum... Dang I wish I was there!

jayayceeblog said...

Your pictures are breathtaking -- I swear I can smell the fire in the crispy air. And those are some handsome cowboys!

Linda said...

Great pic's!! I'm looking forward to branding but we have to get calved out first;)

5 Starr's Farm said...

Hi Gtyyup, Wow! I sure like that big stout grey. Thats some thing I really miss,sure enjoy reliving memories threw your wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Cheyenne said...

Now thats a post!!!I have read it several times, loved it, and can honestly say, I am truly envious! (in a nice way)

Anonymous said...

Any "mountain oysters" cookin' in those Dutch ovens? :) Great action shots, I enjoyed them all.

Vaquerogirl said...

Great pictures! I love that you say the wind was 'stout' I haven't heard that expression in ages!!
Love the post! Thanks

thecrazysheeplady said...

What a nice day! Thanks for sharing :-)

CTG Ponies said...

LOVE the pics!!

HBFG said...

Just out of curiosity....
do the calfs get any local anesthesia while being castrated?
Great photos as usual!

gtyyup said...

dibear~No, they weren't in the Dutch ovens...but they did save them up for later...I love calf fries!

HBFG~No. Each calf is on the ground less than a minute. It's done quickly and the calf is up and running again.

Rhonda said...

Loved this post! Very interesting, and I learned some stuff. :)

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