Chief Brand Inspector,
Branding season is upon us and we will all be working calves and getting them ready to go to pasture soon.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you get ready for turnout:
1) Make sure you are placing your brand on the correct location;
2) Use large enough branding irons so you don’t end up with a big blotch when you’re done branding. That way, everyone can figure out what the brand is, so, if one gets out and strays away, you can be notified;
3) If you are renting pasture in a new neighborhood, find out who your new neighbor is and give him or her all your contact information. That way, if your livestock break out, he or she can find you; and
4) If renting pasture and your landlord tells you that he or she will keep the fence up, it’s still a good idea to go around it yourself before you turn your animals out. I have seen cattle travel long distances overnight when they break out. Remember, good fences make for good neighbors.
I’m looking forward to visiting with all of you at the Spring Roundups at the beginning of June. We will be holding a local brand inspectors meeting before the Spring Roundup in each district, so we welcome all our inspectors to attend.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers for my brother, Al Misek, before his passing last month. In addition to the many other hats he wore, Al had been a local brand inspector since 1995.