Southern Saskatchewan Branding May 2019
For a while now, I have wanted to capture a tradition style of branding, where it is not just about processing cattle, but also about coming together as a community and helping each other. So when I was offered the chance last fall, I really couldn’t pass it up.
Some might believe that driving from Edmonton to south of Maple Creek is a little far to capture a branding, but it was an experience I couldn’t let go by me. Growing up, our family just processed with the chutes and a tipping table as it was the easiest for us, being that our herd was only a little over 100, and didn’t take too long. The country we live in is also not very rough, so we use quads and trucks versus horses. Capturing the essence of another style of branding was not only something, I personally wanted to experience, but also a challenge as a professional photographer, to capture the story of what the event really is.
As I was not the only one who had driven a while to be there for the weekend, It was great to see how people from so many places, came together to do what they love to; care for the stock and of course socialize. Checking the herd is healthy and ready to be sent out to summer pastures can be no simple task if things don’t run smoothly. Working with the animals, meant keeping a calm presence but productive pace. An amazing skill to watch and atmosphere to be apart of, when executed properly. Whether it was during the gathering, sorting, branding, or while sending the cattle back out to pasture, the atmosphere was always about working together and everyone enjoying themselves. I was even talked in to getting back on a horse for the first time in a few years, to help take the cattle back out to the pasture, Saturday evening. I am already looking forward to heading back again next year and see what everyone has been up to for the time in between.