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Out here branding cattBranding at Smith's le is a part of Spring.

Neighbors get together and help each other brand their new herd. On Saturday, under the heat of the midday sun, we all met at Toad’s place to brand his cattle that were born this year.

 

 

From Bull to Steer

At this branding, I got in and learned how to tie back the bull’s leg so the men could castrate the animal. catching the bull's leg

I also learned how to inoculate the cows as they came through the chute. I was a bit intimidated by the needle and the toughness of the animal’s hide, but after nearly 50 cows with two shots each, I was doing ok.