It's that time of year again. This is the first of many "brandings". I always say branding, but we don't brand. Each calf needs to be processed, which involves an ear mark, ear tag, vaccinations to prevent them from getting a disease, and castrating the bull calves. We also check their overall health and doctor them if necessary. I don't particularly like doing this to the calves, even though I know it doesn't hurt them. It's necessary so that we can identify our calves from other ranches and for them to stay healthy. They bounce right up and are just fine.
Mt Wheeler made a great backdrop for these branding photos.
As always, it isn't just the cowBoys that get things done. Our cowGirls are awesome.
We have cowboys of all ages.
I always feel like the ground crew doesn't get enough credit. Without them we couldn't do the job. The ropers trade off and work the ground as well.
Just because they are girls don't think they can't throw a calf.
A concerned momma.
This is the first time Dave has had his horse, Gaucho, in the roping corral. He did great.
Ha, proof I do something besides take pictures. I know it's hard to believe with as many pictures as I take. I just run around like a chicken with my head cut off most of the time trying to take pictures and give shots.
There are so many pretty horses.
Gee, that was just round one. Stay tuned for more branding pictures if you can stand it.