We are wrapping up the month of May by branding our cattle and helping neighbors with their spring work. Tigger & BEC will have you lighting the grill to celebrate Memorial Day with beef tips and tricks. Plu we hear from the field updates on the fishing. All that plus outdoor news. Be sure to catch BEC if you can on this next episode of The Bend Radio Show!
The month of May is busy on a ranch as that is when calving season in many states comes to an end. This also means that ranch work changes gears. Fences are to be mended. Bulls have been bought. Now cows with newborn calves must go thru being “worked” to be ready for summer. This is all done during a “Branding”.
What some look forward to the most in the spring, or the whole year are brandings. (For BEC this is her highlight, Christmas!) Ranches chose their day, many neighboring ranches having held certain dates for years, or even generations. Your ranch’s branding is a special occasion. Yes, it is hard work. Yes, everyone will be dirty. Yes, you will feel full-filled from a hard hard days work usually filled with antics and the socializing you have missed all these cold winter months.
Cows with their newborn calves are gathered or a “round-up” is held. Sometimes a ranch or farm can gather with just a few people. Bigger outfits will have help coming with horses. Cows sorted from the calves. The cows are run thru the chute, given proper inoculations, and poured for flies so that they are ready for breeding. Calves are then worked as well. Some ranches will use a calf table that flips the animal on its side while it is “worked”. Cattle Ranches like where BEC & Tigger were raised still “Cowboy”. Cowboys and Cowgirls will arrive with ranch horses ready for a full day. The calves are still roped with two wrestles holding the calf once caught.
CAMARADERIE & FELLOWSHIP
Once the hard day is over, there is a sense of freedom. The sense of pride in seeing a job well done with friends. At the conclusion of branding, that ranch or farm will host a dinner or supper. This is an opportunity to share over a homecooked meal. It is also a time to relax and enjoy one another’s company. A time to reunite the neighborhood.
- BEC was raised on a large cattle ranch. She learned to “Cowboy” with the best. The lessons learned are priceless.
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