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Before Barbed Wire

Posted on: November 20, 2013

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More about fencing the West from “The Cowboy Way” by David McCumber:

“Before barbed wire, certain enterprising cattlemen would take to rounding up cattle earlier than everybody else, snagging every calf in sight. Joseph Kinsey Howard relates pioneer Montana stockman Granville Stuart’s tale of one such “sooner,” in 1880: ‘Near our home ranch we discovered one rancher whose cows invariably had twin calves and frequently triplets, while the other range cows in that vicinity were nearly all barren and would persist in hanging around this man’s corral, envying his cows their numerous children and bawling and lamenting their own childless state. This state of affairs continued until we were obliged to call around that way and threaten to hang the man if his cows had any more twins.’

“… Now, despite protests from animal-rights activists, branding remains the only legal way to establish ownership, and no other system seems likely to supplant it any time soon.”

http://www.amazon.com/Cowboy-Way-Seasons-Montana-Ranch/dp/0380788411/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384960294&sr=1-1&keywords=the+cowboy+way

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