Thursday, April 28, 2011

Branding day at the ranch

Many hands, cooperative calves and beautiful weather made for a fantastic 2011 branding day. Thanks to all who participated; we had a great crew from Central Oregon and the valley as well as folks who came in from Idaho and as far away as Germany. Even with way more hands than jobs, everyone seemed to have a good time.

 Sorting, pushing, clipping, tagging, vaccinating, banding and branding... it is all in the following 30 some photos. Just a heads up that this post will take a while to load. Here we go. Enjoy!

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The cows (black specks) hear the call and make their way to the little hay shed

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Much counting to ensure we have everyone. We don't so Nathan rides back up the hill.

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The calves meet the crew

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Filling the vaccine gun

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Waiting

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Butterfly and Amphetamine seem unconcerned

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Branding buddies

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Waiting to start

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Catching up

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Tom is always smiling

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Where did everybody go?

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Down the chute

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Repositioning

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Ready to go

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All done

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An encounter with the Elastrator

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Cooperation through brute force

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Catching a quiet moment

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Headed the right way

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Bars and blood


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Morning briefing

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Hanging out

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Ready to go

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Vaccination station

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Ear marking

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A little off the tip

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You'll feel a little prick

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Holding steady

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Off you go

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What just happened?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

looks like a busy successful day. What was final calf count? Little white calf in last picture looks so cute with etched brand standing out starkly on it's side.

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