First hand look at the process of branding and living on a ranch. Ranching is important to the Arizona economy.
When we return to the corrals, we set up our stations: Phil and his helper (whoever is going to be back there with him) set up their gates and pens; I make sure my supplies are ready for tying the legs and balls; Sheila and Kit prep the branding, cutting, tagging, and vaccinating tools.
The calves are of course the longest part of the day. The herds we process are about 75 pairs, which means 75 calves. As with all animals, it’s roughly 50% male and 50% female. They get processed on the calf table: a squeeze shoot with a head hole at one end, connected to one solid wall. The other wall is a door that swings open to allow the table (the solid wall) to flip horizontally so we can do everything we need to do to the calf at roughly waist-height.
The assembly line starts with the…
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