The girls and I made it up to the branding by 8:30, the food was ready to go, and kids fed, diapered, and organized. They were still sorting cattle. We arrived in plenty of time!
The first step in branding is gathering the small pasture they’ve been held in since we’ve started riding three days ago. They had done that without our help! Now they sort mommas away from babies. That leaves only calves in the corral to be branded.
The calf is “busted” or pulled into a laying position and held in place. Shots are given and a brand applied. Within minutes the calf is up and looking for momma.
Gorgeous morning wasn’t it?
Well, by afternoon… we’d tromped the grass, and the wind was blowing… so every new calf brought Dust with a capital D!
Thankfully our young crew kept everyone in a Good Mood… and at 5:15 we finished! Thank goodness for them and their strong backs and muscles! Branding crews are the BEST!