I worked on several ranches, most of them have a roper who heels the calf and drags it up to the branding area where a couple people hold it down for branding, etc. Others use a calf table. Here at home we have always put them in a small pen, drag them out of the bunch by grabbing a back leg by hand, then throwing them down and holding them. Haven't seen or heard of anyone else doing it this way. Im still rough-and-tumble enough to do this, but as I get older I will probably invest in a table. We do have a lot of fun doing this way, seems like everyone wants to come out and give it a try.