BC: The objective of this book is: Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of life a cattle trail, branding irons and the terminology that related to cattle drives.
FC: Texas Cattle Drives
1: Terminology: Lariat-A long rope used to lasso cattle. Brand-A design burned into the hide of a cow. Open Range-Grassy Plains Barbed Wire-A twisted wire with very sharp points or barbs. Stampede-When a herd of cattle becomes frightened and runs wildly. Chaps-Leather pants worn to protect clothes and skin.
2: In a cattle drive, the herds traveled in an organized formation of from four to six cattle abreast, 50 to 60 feet, and, depending on the size of the herd, stretched from one half mile to one and one-half miles in length. This system allowed as few as a dozen drovers/cowboys to control herds of up to 3,000 cattle. The average herd was about 2,500 cattle.
4: Branding was a process that cowboys used to identify their cattle. It is done by using a piece of iron that has a specific shape at one end. The shape is placed in a burning fire, then onto the cow. The rancher's brand is burned into the cows hide, which is permanent. Each rancher has a different brand and they must be registered with the county so that no one else can use it.
5: Samples of Brands | Different Branding Irons used by cowboys.
6: My Branding Iron: | Description: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
7: My First Cattle Drive by:_______________