Improving the performance of any herd
requires good cow identification. One of the best ways for identifying
individual cows is freeze branding.
Freeze branding is a relatively
painless and very effective form of permanent identification for cattle. It is
of great visibility from a distance providing a crisp and clear mark, thus
enabling easy identification of cattle without having to restrain the animal to
examine ear tags. Freeze branding is particularly effective in large herds
where visually recognising each cow is impossible. As freeze branding is
permanent, it can also be useful for identifying a cow should the worse happen
and both ear tags go missing.
Freeze branding is the process of using
a super cold iron to alter the colour pigment producing cells in the hair
follicles, the result is that white or colourless hair instead of coloured hair
grows at the brand site. On light coloured animals the bald appearance is
desirable, as the bald appearance with no hair shows up better than a white
brand. Traditionally dairy cows have been branded on the top of the leg to
either side of the tail and beef cows on the front shoulder or rear plate.
After the animal has been branded a
scab will form over the brand. This will fall off after 3-4 weeks and after
this healthy un-pigmented hair will start to grow. It will be a further 3-4
weeks before the brands are fully formed.
We offer a top quality freeze branding
service for cattle throughout Scotland and wider. There is no call out fee or
minimum charge. No job is too small or too big. Numbers and letters are
available. As standard we use 3” number and letter irons, though 2” and 4 ½ ”
are available on request. To discuss freeze branding or to book a visit, please
call Stevie on 07850184313 or 01555841025. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tel: 01555 841025
Mobile: 07850 184 313