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Branding issue

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:11 pm
by AZAggie
I'm having issues with my cattle moving around too much when branding in the chute. I have a Preifert squeeze chute and electric branding iron. The cows are moving too much in the chute and it is causing the brand to smear. The cows will hunch up forward or drop their rear down (I'm putting the brand on the right hip). Anyone have any suggestions on what has worked for you?

Re: Branding issue

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:24 pm
by wbvs58
When freeze branding I use a hook made of 1/2 " round steel in their mouth to chew on to take their mind off it. I think it would delay the jump when hot branding also. It is modeled off the "Dr Hook" instrument, if you google that I am sure you would find it.

Ken

Re: Branding issue

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:35 pm
by gcreekrch
It's called patience and perseverance.

Clip first as you can make a better brand by doing so. Unless hair isn't an issue in Oklahoma.
You can't just hit them with the iron and expect them to stand motionless. Be ready to pull back when they move and line things up again until you have a good job done.

First ya get good, then ya get fast........

Re: Branding issue

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:11 pm
by 5S Cattle
:2cents: Get someone to pull the tail straight up over there back. Helps me

Re: Branding issue

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:38 pm
by jerry27150
squeeze them harder

Re: Branding issue

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:47 pm
by Dave
All three of the above posts will help but I have found that what Gcreek said is the most important.

Re: Branding issue

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:49 pm
by Beefeater
Personally I prefer not to squeeze the sides in when branding (very old manual chute), as they always seem to get in some terrible inaccessible position, and I’d have to open sides up again. I also learned to give a first touch of just a couple seconds to burn the hair (I don’t clip using electric brand either) and establish a nice template. I follow this with a few quick touches until nerves are dead, then they stand just fine.

My first branding attempts were pretty awful. After I stopped trying to do it in a single pass it really came together quickly. Probably takes me 4-5 minutes, but working by myself and keeping them fairly calm is much more enjoyable and easier on my equipment!

Re: Branding issue

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:53 pm
by callmefence
gcreekrch wrote:It's called patience and perseverance.

Clip first as you can make a better brand by doing so. Unless hair isn't an issue in Oklahoma.
You can't just hit them with the iron and expect them to stand motionless. Be ready to pull back when they move and line things up again until you have a good job done.

First ya get good, then ya get fast........


This..
Put the iron to em. When they throw a fit pull back until they calm then go back.
Not always but lots of time they'll stand there and take it.

Re: Branding issue

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:38 pm
by AZAggie
Thanks for the info. I was trying to do it in one shot. That was probably my biggest problem. More patience needed on my part.

Re: Branding issue

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:05 am
by RayfromTX
If a brand doesn't take fully, what is the best technique to go back in a month later to clean it up?

Re: Branding issue

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:10 pm
by Brute 23
AZAggie wrote:Thanks for the info. I was trying to do it in one shot. That was probably my biggest problem. More patience needed on my part.


Definitely don't hesitate to pull it off even if it takes 3 or 4 touches with the brand.

Re: Branding issue

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:18 pm
by Fire Sweep Ranch
wbvs58 wrote:When freeze branding I use a hook made of 1/2 " round steel in their mouth to chew on to take their mind off it. I think it would delay the jump when hot branding also. It is modeled off the "Dr Hook" instrument, if you google that I am sure you would find it.

Ken


(laughing face)... have you googled Dr Hook???? I guess it was a popular band. I had to put "cattle" in the query to get a hit on what "dr hook" is.... lol

Re: Branding issue

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:02 pm
by gizmom
Not only did I listen to Dr. hook I know all the words to freakers ball!

Gizmom

Re: Branding issue

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:59 am
by wbvs58
Fire Sweep Ranch wrote:
wbvs58 wrote:When freeze branding I use a hook made of 1/2 " round steel in their mouth to chew on to take their mind off it. I think it would delay the jump when hot branding also. It is modeled off the "Dr Hook" instrument, if you google that I am sure you would find it.

Ken


(laughing face)... have you googled Dr Hook???? I guess it was a popular band. I had to put "cattle" in the query to get a hit on what "dr hook" is.... lol


Ha, as long as you found the cattle hook in the end and listened to some music as well.

Ken