Livestock branding is a technique for marking livestock so as to identify the owner. Originally, livestock branding only referred to hot branding large stock with a branding iron, though the term now includes alternative techniques.
Other forms of livestock identification include freeze branding, inner lip or ear tattoos, earmarking, ear tagging, and radio-frequency identification (RFID), which is tagging with a microchip implant. The semi-permanent paint markings used to identify sheep are called a paint or color brand. In the American West, branding evolved into a complex marking system still in use today.
There are no guides with epigraphs that tell us the ideal keys for livestock to go well. If not, it is the sum of many actions, which make livestock farms profitable. One of them is marking.
As for the numbering, there are 5 different methods based on the number of heads.
- The numbering with 3 or 4 digits and are assigned consecutively based on birth.
- They always use 4 figures, based on their birth and year.
- Same as the first, but leaving the males in the odd numbers and the females in the even numbers.
- The same as the second, but differentiating the number of his birth in the upper part and the year in the lower part.
- The first two digits for the consecutive one, the third for the two-month period in which you were born, and the last couple of years.
As for the time mark, the painting allows farmers to identify what is happening to each animal at a given moment in their farm:
- Vaccination status
- Sort them to separate them into smaller batches of 30 or 40 for greater control
- Heat detection
- Breeding status
- Health issues
Branding discourages stock theft and makes it easier for the police to trace the rightful owners when stolen animals are recovered. But to make branding work effectively, you need to follow certain guidelines.
The most important of these are: buy well-made branding irons; immobilise your animals securely during branding; make sure the branding fire is at the right temperature; and make sure that the person doing the branding is properly trained for the job.
If branding is carried out poorly, it can lead to infection, muscle damage, and brands that are difficult to read.
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