The day I was waiting for! BRANDING DAY!

I look forward to this every year at this time. The time when my rancher friends start branding, tagging, castrating and vaccinating their calves. I decided to take my son this year. It was a good thing since V’s wife was ill and all he had were their brother-in-law and sister to help.  He really got down in with the calves and man handled them!

Phillip watches as the calves are released

Phillip watches as the calves are released

 

waiting to put the next calf in.

waiting to put the next calf in.

 

Phillip grabbed this one and almost got it in his lap while trying to turn it around to face the gate

Caught the calf

 

Phillip caught this one trying to get away.

Phillip caught this one trying to get away.

 

Phillip handled putting the calves into the squeeze shoot so V could do his thing with the branding, vaccinations etc. The sister recorded how many went through. We did 13 calves (not counting the 8 who had already done this before) total, with the breakdown being 8 heifers and 5 steers.

some of these calves had been through this before and didn't want to do so again!

some of these calves had been through this before and didn’t want to do so again!

Both Phillip and the Brother would turn their heads when V castrated the steers. They looked pale and pained. I told V later that it seem that women made better calf wranglers because we were not afraid of cutting the balls off the steers. He howled with laughter on that one!

This was one of the ones who were waiting to get things done. It was actually one of the easier calves!

This was one of the ones who were waiting to get things done. It was actually one of the easier calves!

All in all it was a good day and he said currently he only had 2 left when had been born last night so we would have to wait a bit for them.  The bad part of the day I am posting in one of my other blogs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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