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Published May 31, 2010, 12:00 AM

SD branding


Cash Wilson of Quinn, S.D., hangs on to his calf as a cowboy scratches his head during the Hamilton Ranch branding event at Reva, S.D. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)

  • Cash Wilson of Quinn, S.D., hangs on to his calf as a cowboy scratches his head during the Hamilton Ranch branding event at Reva, S.D. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Maurice Hamilton of Reva, S.D., and Marsha Lytle, are partners in holding together the Hamilton Ranch cattle operation, even after the deaths of their two spouses within the past several months. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Calf wrestling crew holds the animals, who wait their turn to get a spring vaccination to keep them healthy, and a brand to keep them safely with the Hamilton Ranch herd. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • The "Pothanger M" brand has been with the Hamilton Ranch for many years. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Rob Lytle, Quinn, S.D., brands a calf that is held by Cameron Richter, Chels Shearer and Tarran Eisenbraun. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Branding happens on the outskirts of the picturesque "Slim Buttes" park area, near Reva, S.D., where the Hamilton Ranch has a lease. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Cattle are gathered in groups for ease of handling. A branding event on May 16 near Reva, N.D., was in the Slim Buttes area that had received 8 inches of snow a week earlier. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Neighbor Wayne Lee chats with Maurice Hamilton, who watches the branding party in an ATV, as others enjoy the day. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Cass Lytle (right) and Trey Richter wrangle calves in a holding pen, to pull them a short distance to their vaccination and branding. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)
  • Cameron Richter of Quinn, S.D., hangs onto a calf while Rob Lytle of applies the "Pothook M” brand of the Hamilton Ranch. (Mikkel Pates / Agweek)