Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Branding

Every year, the last weekend in March, the Stephenson's all get together and brand the new calves. This is one of the biggest events that takes place all year. Starting on Friday the men go out and seperate the calves and get them ready. Then on Saturday they go out early and start branding, vaccinating, and ear-marking the calves. The rest of us show up a little later with the kids and let them help with the last of the calves. The kids love helping papa on the ranch! Danes job is branding the claves, and he likes to tease the kids, and tell them that they have to be branded also. After the cows have all been worked we have a big picnic and let the kids run around and play in the dirt. They love being able to fly there kites out in the open fields. Every year when it is over the kids already start making plans for next years branding.

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