Every spring in Idaho, tens of thousands of calves have to be branded, before they can be turned out to the summer range.
On this particular day potential Future Farmers learn the ins and outs of preparing the calves for the long days of summer…and that means branding.
This hands-on experience, is first hand ranch work for these kids. The teachers divide the students into responsibilities – vaccines, brands, corralling calves, and carefully holding calves down while the brands and medicines are quickly administered- and give them instructions.
They learn not only the basics, but to respect and care of livestock.