Today marks second branding in 3 days and starts a 4 day stretch of branding. I really do enjoy branding season. Its one of my favorite times of year. At the end of a branding day, a person feels like they have accomplished a big job that can be quite overwhelming and the time spent branding is spent with friends and family.
Branding can be a little stressful, especially when it's your big day! As our branding day get closer one keeps really hoping mother nature cooperates and the day doesn't get rained out and you have reschedule. Lots of time and thought have been spent planning the perfect menu to feed your crew, making sure you are serving good food, something they aren't tired of, and that there's enough of it. Coolers get packed with pop, water and beer on ice. The designated vet cooler is found and prepped. Branding stove and irons have to be located and rounded up. And don't forget the propane!
Just when you know you have everything ready you figure out the vaccine gun is leaking or the cows decided to make a new hole in the fence and the gather just got bigger!
I still love branding season!