Once the calf is dragged from the pen, two cowboys hold it down while it is tagged, immunized, cast-rated (males only), and branded. The calf does not put up much of a fight, the cowboys/girls know how to hold them down. There is a lot of bawling, but not from the calf — the cows make all the racket.
This all takes place in about 30 seconds. Everyone knows their job and performs like a well-trained military unit. By the time the calf is let loose, the roper is dragging another calf out of the pen. The cowboys get quite a workout wrestling the 150+ pound calves, the calf scampers off as if nothing has happened.
The red-hot branding irons remain hot enough to brand only two calves.
Thought for the Day: Trust your neighbor, but brand your cattle. Anonymous