freeze branding

freeze branding

branding animals by depigmentation of the haircoat with supercooled instruments. The carefully gauged degree of cold application causes selective destruction of the pigment-producing cells, the melanocytes.
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Stand-out services, according to the judges, included mobility scoring, freeze branding and analysis tools.
David Gray, meanwhile, is based at Drumtall Farm near Glasgow, where he runs and owns Hoof and Hyde Ltd, a farm service business providing farmers with a hoof trimming and freeze branding service.
Freeze branding damages the horse's pigment-making hair cells, resulting in a white growth of hair where the animal has been branded.
It is important to have good freeze branding to aid cow identification, for all staff to carry a pen and paper to note bulling activity, and to keep records staff can understand.
Freeze branding is done by clipping the hair down to skin level and then applying super-chilled irons.
For a small operator, the NASCO Farm & Ranch Catalog (call 800-558-9595 for a copy) now carries a freeze branding kit.