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As a Portland Oregon photographer, this isn't what I normally do because I'm usually photographing families and kids. My brother-in-law asked me to come out to Centerville, Washington and take photos of "cow stuff" (his words!) which included herding cows, branding, tagging, etc. His business is Jauken Angus Farm and he always gives us delicious meat! There are some photos of family mixed in here because my kids and husband came, too! My niece and nephew were also there and the kids had a great time playing around and wrestling. These were taken over 2 days and it was a great weekend!
I'd suggest skipping this post if photos of cows being branded and tagged bothers you. I photographed it in a respectful way, but it still may bother some people so I thought I'd include this little disclaimer.
So let's get to the cow stuff!
We'll start out with this photo of my super awesome nephew, Tyler, helping get the calves into the chute so they can be tagged and branded.
Be free, little one! Go find your mama!
My son liked to pet them to make them feel better.
We didn't plan the shirt, but it was amazingly perfect.
My son was super excited to get to help!
If you stand there and stare at cows, they stare back. It's creepy. This isn't their usual home, just their holding cell while they are getting their shots. I'm sure that's not the correct term, they aren't in jail. lol.
I really didn't like the branding part because it smelled awful and I felt bad for the cows, but it's just a part of raising cows for beef and for re-sale. You don't want lost cattle! Anyway, this is the only branding photo I will include. It's kind of an awesome shot, though. I made it look kind of gritty and raw.
Obviously my daughter did NOT like the branding.
We went on a little walk together and found another cow that likes to stare at people.
She pretended to drive a tractor, which was fun.
So then we went out in the truck and went looking for new baby calves in the pasture. When they found them, they had to tie up their legs and hold their head so they could tag their ears and then weigh them.
This one is hilarious because the mama is staring right at us.
My silly niece pretending to be a cow.
They are about to weigh the calf here
And now it's back with it's mama. What a sweet little baby face.
I don't even know... 😉
We got back to the stables and found this horse trying to climb the ramp. We had to help it get back down backwards. Silly horse.
Look at this handsome kid! (Who is actually not a kid anymore.)
And now for some goofing around
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This is the day that they herded the cows up, loaded them into a huge semi truck, and brought them back to the stables for shots and stuff.
This is Jay, my brother-in-law who wanted the photos 🙂
Now they have to herd the cattle down the road to get to the loading area!
I love this one because it's just funny to me...
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Here the cows are, after they've been loaded and driven to the stables.
The two on the outside are my kids with a couple of their cousins in the middle. Pretend my daughter is smiling, k thanks. Lol. I only had one shot left on my camera so there were no re-do's. Oh well, it's so her.
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