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Angus Cattle Girl

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I have heard from some places that there are cattle that get placed lower due to brands. Is this a serious issue?

Since we get our calves out of our family herd, they are branded just like the rest of them.
 

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I've seen it happen in showmanship. It wasnt anounced over the microphone or anything. I was standing right next to the girl,and the judge told her that it wasn't very showy.

I know that I have never heard a judge comment that that would be the reason that heifer A placed below heifer B, but you never know what goes on in a judges mind...
Personally, I think that it would be wrong for a judge to make a decision based on if the heifer is branded or not. In showmanship or regular judging. It's that person's way of identification. But thats me, and I am by no means a judge.

We dont get very many people that brand around here- I can only think of the one locally, and one more at state fair. (but then again, I dont really look for it either)
 

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i have never seen it be an issue. however, the only time i could think of it being an issue might be a steer or market heifer class. and the judge might say that the brand will negatively affect the beef where the animal was branded.
 

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I do not find it very appealing. In fact, I usually look over the branded cattle, unless it is a freeze brand. Using a hot iron in most cases ruins the hair in that area and it never looks good.
 

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...unless it's a Brahman or Brahman influenced calf. Brahmans are required by the ABBA to be hot branded. STUPID, but unfortunate.
 

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It is not that they have a brand, it happens to be the wrong brand. That has happened for as long as I can remember and that is why you will pay more for a certian "brand" name than other heifers or bulls of the same quality.

Matt
 

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I personally quit branding anything of mine that is going into a show ring. There is a lot of politics in this & from my experience if the judge DOESN'T know where the calf is from it he can't place one over the other by a brand. It does get done quite a bit by judges. You got to be in the click to get ahead!!! JMO
 

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