As promised, here are the photos from the branding of our new heifer. I am trying, by the way, to use the appropriate bovine terms now . . . a heifer is a female which has not yet had a calf. Since this animal is a year old, and hasn’t had a calf, she’s a heifer.
Sorry the picture quality isn’t great. The menfolk handled this task after their day at the bridge project, so this all happened this evening at dusk.
As soon as this was done, the heifer was untied and allowed to get back up. She was pretty upset, and kicked a bit once she had the chance to do so. I totally don’t blame her – I think I’d feel like kicking someone, too.
Though she doesn’t know it yet, the heifer will be much happier now that she is branded. We’ve been keeping her tied to a stake, so that she would be less likely to escape from our land, because without a brand she couldn’t be identified as our property. Because the mother cow was already branded, we’ve been allowing her to move around with the rest of our little herd. The baby has been mooing for her mother rather pitifully, and now we’ll be able to let her loose to roam with mom and the rest of the cattle.