The crew here at Double M has been branding calves here for the past week or so, and has a few more groups to go. I'm home for a bit this morning before a dentist appointment, so I got to see Clint out the door as he left to go get a set ready to brand before it rains today.
Rain this time of year is tricky - we want it to rain for the crops, but you can't brand calves that are wet.....so in between storms, the crew tries to brand if they can.
Last Friday when I was home, I was working on taxes in the morning (ugh....eventually we'll get them done!), but ran down to the calving barn to help Clint sort calves, and then stayed for a bit to take pictures. I just love my three day weekends! Everyone at my office works 9 hour days, and then we all get a three day weekend every other weekend. Some of us take a Monday off, while others take a Friday so that we have office coverage and it is one of the best perks of my job!
Anyway - back to branding. This set of calves was the AI Progeny Test calves out of the 2 & 3 year olds. They are growing like gangbusters!
Double M brands everything over a table, and everyone has "their job". It's a really fluid routine, and they get into a good rhythm. Kenneth was at the ranch, since he's on Spring Break, so he was the gate opener, and did a great job!
Of course Austin felt like she needed to stand right.by.the.table to watch and make sure she was supervising the calves.
Another year of Double M calves branded, and we'll be on to breeding their mama's!
PS - The brand at Double M has always been a UR and stands for the "Umatilla Ranch" since the ranch property is situated right along the river. Kind of neat!