How to Brand Cattle

Cowboys traditionally branded cattle in the spring or early summer. Here's how they did it.

You will need

  • Branding iron
  • Wood fire
  • Dry animal

Step 1 Heat the iron Heat your branding iron in a wood fire until the end of the iron is ash-colored.

Step 2 Apply the iron Apply the hot iron to the animal’s hair so that it burns the hair and the outer layer of skin. Work slowly and carefully.

Step 3 Remove the iron Remove the iron. The brand, which should resemble saddle leather in color, will let others know that the cow belongs to you for the rest of its life.