4-26-14, Burns, OR (or thereabouts) - Today, Jacquie and I were invited to attend a branding at the double 0 ranch, owned by our good friends Candace and Garrin Moon. Calf brandings, like the one put on today are nearly identical to how things were done 100 years ago. There were a dozen cowboys roping calves, another dozen working on the ground, and a bunch of observers, charged with keeping the beer recycled in the cooler, with fresh cans working their way to the top. A fast working crew of friends and neighbors managed to brand, castrate, notch ears and inoculate 234 calves in just a few hours. After the branding, everyone gathered for a catered, barbecued lunch and helped to further reduce the level of unopened cans in the beer cooler.
I let the pictures tell the rest of the story.