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Freeze Branding

NCSU Maverick

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How much do you need to restrain a cow when youre freeze branding and is it better to use dry ice or liquid nitrogen?
 

Linda

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We did our freeze branding with a head catch, but no squeeze. It would have been easier with a squeeze, but this worked just fine. The cattle didn't move around much after the initial touch. The iron doesn't hurt - they just move when they feel the push of the iron. You have to keep pretty firm pressure.

Either dry ice or liquid nitrogen will work. I think the dry ice method needs a few more seconds of pressure. We used liquid nitrogen. There are some good instructions online. Try here:

http://www.lhbrandingirons.com/pg/freeze.asp
 
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