Introduction: How to Brand Cattle

Branding cattle is a practical and cost effective way to identify your cattle. A recognizable, registered brand keeps cattle proving its ownership.

Step 1: Brand Designing

Design the brand that you want to use on your cattle. Types of identification brands can include logos, letters and numbers . You may use all three .

Step 2: Availability Checking

Check availability of your brand. If your brand is not in use by someone else, you can then register it with the state.

Step 3: Methods

These include freeze branding, electric branding, and the traditional fire branding.

Step 4: Appropriate Temperatures

Heat or freeze the branding iron, depending on your preferred method. If using a heat source make sure the iron is not too hot. The iron should be an ash gray color, not bright red.

Step 5: Staying in Place

Hold the cattle to avoid any sudden movements when the branding iron is applied. This can be done using shoots.

Step 6: Applying It

Finally apply the brand to the cattle in a rolling motion for no more than five seconds. Firm pressure should be applied to the iron to ensure a recognizable brand.

Step 7: Tips

Avoid branding wet cattle as this could cause scaling and an unrecognizable brand.