js1234 wrote:ricebeltrancher wrote:We have L&H irons. All of the numbers, the universal, and our ranch brand. If possible, I highly recommend getting a set of clippers and slicking the spot where you're going to brand them. Not always possible depending on how much power you have, but it takes a lot of the guesswork out of how long you should hold it on there, and the brands turn out so much better because of it.
I would second the clippers. When we get in Fall delivery calves from Mountain states, that hair is a nuisance. We clip before we put our rib iron on with very good results.
I'd also add that i would recommend a hip iron for the cow/calf guy and a rib iron for the stocker guy. I'm not a fan of shoulder irons and have only seen two sets of calves with jaw irons in my life.
Yep. We had been putting our holding brand on the left shoulder on our registered cattle. The way our chute is, we had to be really careful or they'd rub the hide off if they started jumping around. We went back to the hip on the last couple of groups and it's been a LOT better. If it ain't broke...