For my dad’s birthday last week, I made him a photo book filled with pictures I took of work on the PV Ranch in 2014. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite photos here for you to see. My dad has been riding for the same brand for nearly 50 years, and that’s a remarkable thing this day and age. He lives and breathes it.
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I LOVE this picture. You might have to enlarge it to see this yearling bull’s mineral mustache.
Branding and cutting stag bulls in the feedlot is a favorite early spring event.
Joe, Nate, and Bridger counting cows out of the branding trap at New Dead Horse.
Those little black things? Cows’ ears. The PV cows are not only branded but earmarked as well, for identification purposes. If a yearling heifer passes her first pregnancy test, she is age-branded on the shoulder (she was branded with the PV on her hip as a calf) and the top half of her left ear is cropped. It’s like a rite of passage for a PV cow. The cows here are not individually identified (there are too many of them) but instead identified in age groups.
A foggy morning in the feedlot.