Spring in Nebraska means branding time. This is a time where neighbors gather to help neighbors to sort, brand, immunize, dehorn, if needed, the new spring crop of calves. It’s hard work, but when everyone pitches in the job gets done in record time and folks get to enjoy some social time as they work and then feast on some of the best home cooking around.
If you’ve never been on a branding, let me tell you, if you have a problem with getting dirty this is one place youdon’t want to be. It’s hard, dirty, smelly work. But if you don’t care if manure gets on your boots, then go branding and enjoy the view of some real cowboys at work. I was thrilled to see the Omaha World-Herald give some recent brandings in Cherry County, Nebraska front page coverage. Pretty cool for a big city paper to acknowledge its state’s western roots. Be sure to check out photographer Alyssa Schukar’s photo blog to enjoy the view! Some truly awesome shots!