What size of branding irons should be used on mature cows?
THE AVERAGE HEIGHT of letters and/or characters is 3″ inches tall. Letters less than that size are not to be used on full grown cattle. A smaller 2 1/2″ inch iron may be used for calves or horses ONLY!
How long do you hold a branding iron on a cow?
For adult horses, the brand should be pressed against the skin for eight to 12 seconds. Calves have thicker hide than a horse and adult cattle have the thickest, so it takes 30 to 40 seconds for mature cattle.
Do branding irons hurt cows?
Hot-iron branding is painful for cattle, but little is known about the duration of or effective methods to control this pain. This work quantified pain sensitivity and healing in branded and unbranded animals.
How do I make my own cattle brand?
Go to your state’s brand registration office and ask to see the listing of already registered brands. This will give you some ideas, as well as show you what’s no longer available. The brand registration officer will help you in the design process. Choose letters, numbers or symbols to create your brand.
How long do you brand yourself?
The Basics of Branding Optimal dwell time (Holding branding head in contact with surface being branded): 3-15 seconds – Factors that can affect dwell time include: Branding head size, temperature control unit setting, and weather conditions around work area.
How hot should a branding iron be?
Branding Iron Temperature In general, rubber and leather branding temperatures are between 325° to 400°F, softwoods 650° to 750°F, and hardwoods/thermoset plastics 750° to 850°F. Our branding irons are sold with optional temperature regulator’s to ensure consistent results.
What makes a good cattle brand?
The best rule to follow is to keep the image simple. Simple brand designs are easier to read and are less painful for the livestock. A brand design consists of two or more symbols. Many brands have three units in the design.
What side do you brand cattle?
In the Northwest, the calf’s side/rib was the most common place for producers to place brands, while in other regions, it was the upper hip. Branding of cattle after weaning was not addressed during the CHAPA.
How thick should a branding iron be?
3/8 to 1/2 inch
Make your branding iron from a good grade of iron. Copper is not recommended, as it is unable to withstand extreme heat and will burn up rapidly. The face of the iron should have a thickness of 3/8 to 1/2 inch. Extensive use of irons will cause them to loose their thickness.
Are there any branding irons made in the USA?
We offer U.S. made quality branding irons for the livestock industry worldwide. Our selection includes Electric, Fire-Heated or Freeze Branding Irons. Whether you are looking for simple livestock branding irons or a custom branding iron with your own ranch brand, we’re here to help.
What are the standard sizes of cattle branding products?
Call for pricing on custom designs. Standard sizes range from 1″ to 6″ in height. Ample in weight and with the temperature holding capacity to help you brand more livestock in less time and still aid you in producing a better brand.
What is a semi universal Brander used for?
The L & H Semi-Universal Brander or Universal Brander have a half circle and a 2 1/2″ bar. Almost any number or letter can be made with a series of applications. These units are extensively used for custom branding and numbering by stockmen with small herds. Operates on 110 volts, AC or DC.
What is a Brander made of?
The brander is made of lasting, non-corrosive material and with oridnary use will give years of trouble free service. All prices apply to standard 3″, 3 1/2″, and 4″ Letters or Figures. Made of rust resistant, non corrosive copper alloy and with a 1/4″ flat face.