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Ready to brand

Bringing in the cows and calves

 

It finally stopped raining long enough to allow us to brand some calves. Clouds were threatening, but with lots of good help, we got through them. They were, as my Dad used to say, “Big enough to get ahold of.”

 

 

cows checking the clouds

Eamon watching Jeff chase the errant cow

Jeff bringing her in

Jeff and Mike watching the calves

 

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Branding calves in the mountains and on the desert

 

It’s time to brand those calves which have been born this spring. We’ve been branding calves both in the mountains and the desert. We have our good crew of employees, friends and family on hand to help us with this endeavor.

Ready to gather: Cookie, Mike, Eamon and Karen

Siobhan and Dice

Taylor bringing in the cows

Mike and Tiarnan conferring

McCoy on the job

 

Pat and Cookie have a lot of irons in the fire!

Calves in waiting

Looking for the branding crew

Rhen and McCoy at work

David and Joe

 

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Branding Time

calves in waiting

calves in waiting

Branding season commences. We have most of our baby calves on the ground. We have to pick the right days for branding–after the calves are big enough to not be too stressed, but not so big that they will cause the branding crew too much stress. These calves have reached that “Goldilocks Moment”. In the last few days, we have branded one set of calves on the Home Ranch, and one set of calves in the desert at the Powder Flat Headquarters. We even had a photographer from the Library of Congress, Carol Highsmith, to document the great American branding. As usual, we had child labor on hand.

Nikki roping calves

Nikki roping calves

Mike Buchanan, McCoy and Rhen ready to go to work

Mike Buchanan, McCoy and Rhen ready to go to work

Cow and calf--at the ready

Cow and calf–at the ready

Rhen and Maura, on the job

Rhen and Mara, on the job

Meanwhile, back at the Powder Flat Ranch...

Meanwhile, back at the Powder Flat Ranch…

Nikki holding the calg

Nikki holding the calf

Mike, Megan and Jill wrestling a calf

Nikki, Megan, Mike Pierce and Jill wrestling a calf

Eamon with the irons

Eamon with the irons

Mike B. and Mike P. branding a calf with help from Kate

Mike B. and Mike P. branding a calf with help from Kate

Caro taking pictures of Mike B.

Carol taking pictures of Mike B.

 

Carol with cows

Carol with the cows

 

 

 
 

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The last branding for 2014

Brittany and Megan roping

Brittany and Megan roping

 
 

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First branding

It’s that time of year. We have lots of calves on the ground, so it’s time to brand, castrate and earmark, so the calves will be ready for the rest of the season hanging out with their Moms and eating green grass.

brand goes on

brand goes on

JO brand on calf

JO

Brian and Tiarnan--'rasling crew

Brian and Tiarnan–‘rasling crew

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2014 in Animals, Cattle

 

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Brand those calves!

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Calves looking for their moms.

We have been really shorthanded this spring, so in order to get the calves branded, we had to call on every friend, neighbor and family member that we could rope into helping.  I thought we might have to use literal roping to get a crew together, but in the end, enough folks showed up at each branding to get the job done.  We started in early May, and finished the last branding on June 23rd. Thanks to all who helped us!

branding crew, ready to go;  Dudley Creek

branding crew, ready to go; Dudley Creek

Eamon, Tony and Brian

Eamon, Tony and Brian

Meghan and Brian practicing a marriage encounter

Meghan and Brian practicing a marriage encounter

Raelyn and John vaccinating the calf

Raelyn and John vaccinating the calf

Raelyn and Siobhan, vaccinators extradinaire

Raelyn and Siobhan, vaccinators extraordinaire

Iridescent testicles Young bullhood gone awry Gives lurking smirking cowdogs Their testosterone supply

Iridescent testicles
Young bullhood gone awry
Gives lurking smirking cowdogs
Their testosterone supply

Peanut, Megan, McCoy, Rhen, Tiarnan and Sharon:  training the future branding crew

Peanut, Megan, McCoy, Rhen, Tiarnan and Sharon: training the future branding crew

branding the calf

branding the calf

Eamon with paddle

Tiarnan and McCoy with rope

 

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Cows: from desert to mountain

Cows:  from desert to mountain

Our cows spent the spring on our desert ranch at Powder Wash.  When it came time to  truck them to the mountains, our crew gathered them up.

Eamon, bringing in the cows

Siobhan in the dust

Pat with McCoy on Plata

The calves unloading at the Home Ranch

Heading through the gate

Then it was time to brand the youngest calves.

Morgan Seigal, looking for a slick calf in the St. Louis pasture

Margaret Cogswell, Cowgirl

 

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