Saturday, March 21, 2015
Thinking About Branding Cattle
I've never branded any of my cattle, I usually just use ear tags for the cows and calves so I can tell mine from the neighbors if they ever happened to get out, although the bulls have freeze brands that are basically just ID numbers. For whatever reason, I've always sort of associated branding with much larger cattle operations that have hundreds of cattle, or small hobby-type farms with a few head of cattle that call their ten acre pasture a "ranch" (not that there's anything wrong with that). Since I'm somewhere in the middle and not really a hobby operation or a larger scale ranch, I never really saw the need for branding.
But, with the price of cattle going up as high as it has recently there have been more and more stories about cattle being stolen, and since I have a lot of money just walking around my pastures relatively unprotected, I've been thinking more and more about branding some of my cattle in the future.
I don't see the point of going to the trouble of branding without registering the brand, and before you can register a brand you have to come up with an actual brand design, branding location, and brand name. I have an old brand that Grandpa used to use that I thought about registering years ago, but I always assumed that since it was a pretty simple design that someone would have already registered it so I never really got past the thinking about it stage. But after looking through the Brand Registry, I'm pretty sure that I'd be able to register this brand design, which is a little surprising.
The only thing left is to decide what it's proper description should be because I've had different people claim it should have different names. I've always thought it was called the Flying M, but most Flying M brands I've seen don't look like this brand.
Any ideas or suggestions?