Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Spring!!! After a cold winter, I sure look forward to the green grass of Spring. We can quit feeding hay and get the cows out on the mountain. But in order to do that we have to our annual branding. Hot branding cattle is a quick and tested way to identify cattle on the huge areas they graze most of the year. Just like a license plate on a car, it allows proof of ownership. We also vaccinate our cattle and tag at the same time. It is a lot of work but a lot of fun with family and friends helping. Many ranchers help each other in return for needed help on their own cattle. It is a western tradition that has passed through many generations. And we work quickly and as quietly as possibly to make the process as easy on our cows and calves as possible. Just like a pierced ear that a lot of women get done when they are girls, It looks worse than it is. Our Leaning H Brand means that the calf that wears it is high quality and well cared for. Thanks to both our parents for the great help. Couldn't do it without ya! With the cattle branded and out on grass, we look forward to trips to the mountain to check water, mend fence and supply salt and mineral for our cattle. Another cycle of the lifestyle we love so much. Hope ya enjoyed us taking ya along!