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Old 12-12-2007, 09:01 PM
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Made this branding iron today for a coworker who raises some $$ cattle.

Half of the handle is 1 in. pipe with a ball bearing welded in the end, the other half is 1/2" round stock. Letters are 1 X 3/16".
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:08 PM
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I like that handle with the bearing. Nice touch and a great 'signature'.

Do they still brand cattle, or is this for show? (City boy, sorry)
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:12 PM
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Nice work Brian, but man, how long is that thing? Any special reason for that length?
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:15 PM
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Do they still brand cattle, or is this for show?
If you don't won't to loose them, which can get expensive quickly, you've got to brand em, tattoo em, tag em and have the gps chips inserted.

In our area, we're having a rash of cattle/calf/horse rustling going on. I'm sure that across the state this year several 100k dollars worth went missing.

You know, since we can't hang em anymore, the courts just aren't that much of a deterrent.
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:06 PM
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I like that handle with the bearing. Nice touch and a great 'signature'.

Do they still brand cattle, or is this for show? (City boy, sorry)
i still fire brand mine. i would like to start freeze branding soon. my daughter and her husband freeze brand, and it is easier to see the brand on black cattle. just another expense that i don't seem to have cash for right now though.
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Old 12-13-2007, 02:03 AM
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I see lots of brands around here. Big place down by Post, TX was hiring city boys last summer to come out and help brand. They also cleared the majority of the scrub off the land just so they could keep a better eye on their herds. Too many were disappearing...
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said Tweedledee to Tweedledum, "I'll have to steal a saddle".
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Shoot, I made this one for my son so he could brand his wife on the hind quarter... but I think he was short on guts to get it done... :evil::evil:
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Shoot, I made this one for my son so he could brand his wife on the hind quarter... but I think he was short on guts to get it done... :evil::evil:
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:32 AM
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This is this guys first stab at branding, he is going to a higher $ breed & distrusts the ear tag system.

The handle is 36" long, customer wanted "wiggle" room for when the cow in question objected to the procedure.

I havent heard any reports of rustlers around here, but this is the welfare wonderland of southern OH and they steal everything else, why not cows?
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