Family Cattle Brand

Since 1941, the Buford family has been in the ranching/cattle business. To identify their cattle and to show ownership, they were branded. A brand on cattle is applied with a hot branding iron. The branding iron is made of steal and is approximately three feet long. The Buford brand symbol is the double rafters—the rafters at the end of the iron are about four inches long. My family has only used this object at branding time for our cattle. The cattle are only branded once, and that is when they are calves. The double rafter brand is important to me and my family because we have always had the same brand and it will always be special to carry on the tradition. Our ranch and our cattle have a very good reputation for quality. Our brand signifies that the cattle come from the Buford ranch. For years when Americans first came to the United States, most ranchers would brand their cattle to show that they belonged to that specific owner.

Year: 1941

– Audrey Buford

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more