The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 55
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A History of the J A Ranch,
By this time it is usually time to get a bite of dinner. After
the boys have got a feed of sour dough biscuits, "frijoles" and beef
they catch a fresh horse and go back to the corrals for the after-
noon's work. First they tally the shipper stuff, heifer yearlings, steer
yearlings, etc., and start them out on a "windy" to a holding pas-
ture in the flat country near the headquarters where they are held
until spring round-up is over, and are later worked to suit the
occasion.13 After the tallying has all been done, they start the
branding. The branding operation sometimes is done two different
ways. It is owing to the corral they are at and the size of the
calves and the number of calves. Sometimes when the calves are
small and they have a convenient crowding pen, they separate the
calves from their mothers and run them in the crowding pen and
the boys get in there and bull-dog them or flank them. The usual
process of getting a calf down in the crowding pen is this: one of
the boys catches the calf by the right hind foot, jerks it off the
ground and the other grabs it by the tail and jerks it down on its
right side as the brand is always put on the left side. Occasionally,
when a boy feels pretty fresh and wants to work off a little surplus
energy, he will grab the calf with his left hand by the left flank
and by the left ear with his right hand and when the calf jumps
he over-balances him by jerking up and the calf comes down with a
thud on his right side with the cowboy in the middle of him. If
the calf is too big and husky for either one of these processes, he is
sometimes bull-dogged, which is running up on the right hand side
of the calf and catching it by the nose and the horns and twisting
its neck which will throw the calf out of balance when it jumps
and throws it on its right side. However, most of the time the
calves are branded in the big corral. In that instance, two of the
best ropers will rope the calves by the hind feet and drag them
up to the fire where two of the boys are waiting for it. One will
grab the rope close to the calf's feet and the other grabs him by
the tail and they pull in opposite directions and throw the calf on
its right side. This method is practically always followed in the
8SThe years that they don't tally there is seldom anything ever penned
except the calves that are to be branded and their mothers. The windies
go out directly from the round-up grounds instead of being penned as in
the years when they tally, and the remainder of the round-up is turned
loose on the round-up grounds or possibly shoved back in the direction
from which they were rounded.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929, periodical, 1929; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101089/m1/59/: accessed March 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.