I recently had the opportunity to document a branding of calves on a friends dads cattle ranch.

There were a lot of people there, which was a true reflection of how loved my friend is in his community.  It makes me happy to know they are so loved, but I did spend a lot of time worrying about being in the way.  My goal was to be invisible to most of the working crew, and for the most part they pretty much ignored me which was a good sign in my book.

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It was neat to watch, as they did it in old school style by roping the calf and pulling her by hand out of the pen by hand – no horses doing the work around this ranch!

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Then they basically wrestle her to the ground, spray her with fly spray, give her shots and brand her.

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The first couple I watched, I did wonder what the heck the little baby must be thinking.  But, after this was imprinted:

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The little baby would be released, and she’d hop right up and head over to her mama without a care in the world.  I was amazed at the strength God gave these precious babies!

And even though I tried not to get too close to the men and women who were working, these lovely ladies couldn’t keep me out of their faces:

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Even with those beauties bathing in the sun, I was ultimately distracted by this cutie:

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But I think he was more into the cows.