Monday was a very fun, dusty, smelly, slightly bloody day. Time for branding the new calves! This is NOT Mr. Ferrero Rocher’s favorite part of the job. His younger brother J, takes care of the cattle most of the time but when it’s time to brand all hands are needed. Extra hands (friends and family) also came to help. They brought their horses and roping skills with them.
Aren’t the mountains in the background pretty?
Once a calf is chosen the ropes start a swingin’.
What’s she holding in her right hand? Hmm… rocky mountain oysters anyone? No, Brownie didn’t do the cutting, that was Mr. Ferrero Rocher’s job. You can understand why he hates branding time. Brownie was in charge of taking the “goods” to a bucket for counting later to keep track of how many steers there are.
UPDATED: Meg asked about our brand, The Flying W. I didn’t take a photo this time but found this one in my archives that shows the branding iron. This was from three years ago when branding much larger calves so we needed the chute.