The Branding Process
Brand with a single iron to ensure correct pressure for each letter at a time. Hot irons are placed on skin without extra pressure and only long enough to get a light brown colour (too long causes tissue damage), ensuring a permanent brand mark.
Calf - 1 second
Young cattle/breeds with thin skin - 1,5 seconds
Adult cattle - 3 seconds
Burnt skin and hair creates an ash layer on branding letters - brush with a steel brush before returning it to the oven. Steam causes blotched marks so never brand on wet skin.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT LIVESTOCK EQUIPMENT FOR BRANDING:
Bronze-alloy letters heats up fast with excellent heat retention.
Stainless-steel letters with a medium-length handle ensures a better feel for the branding process.
Branding ovens fit on a standard gas bottle.