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Branding Iron - "B", Newmarket Saleyards, Newmarket, pre 1987 Object Reg. No: SH 900047

Summary:
Cattle branding iron. Brand letter "B" in reverse. Used at Newmarket Saleyards. Possibly used by Thomas Borthwick Butchers.

Branding Irons or Sticks are tools with the purpose of leaving a mark usually to indicate ownership or to track stock movement. In order for the hide or fleece of stock to be kept in optimal condition, branding irons at the Newmarket Saleyards were only used with removable materials to identify stock. Prior to World War II, tar was used for branding, and then paint was used. For sheep branding, a mixture of sump oil and red ochre was sometimes used so as not to compromise the fleece for shearing. Animals were branded on the shoulder, loin, tail and loin, or at the hip points. Brands were usually applied after stock had been sold to indicate owner or Stock Agent.
Description:
Cattle branding iron. The letter "B" is welded onto a rounded metal rod (handle), curled over at the end to provide a better grip.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from State Government of Victoria Major Projects Unit, 1990
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 51.00 cm (Height), 9.00 cm (Width), 16.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: working life, cattle husbandry, cattle yards, livestock sale yards, branding irons, sheep yards, sheep husbandry
Themes this item is part of: Stock Management at the Newmarket Saleyards, Drovers at the Newmarket Saleyards, Joe Raymer's Memories of Droving at the Newmarket Saleyards, 1940-1963, Sustainable Futures Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Glossary of the Newmarket Saleyards, Newmarket Collection
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Livestock Markets
Tertiary Classification: branding irons
Place Used: Newmarket Saleyards, Newmarket, Victoria, Australia, pre 1987
Creator: Thomas Borthwick Butchers, Newmarket, Victoria, Australia, pre 1987

Comments

Clyde Howe Posted on 19 Feb 2011 12:30 PM
This branding iron was probably used by Borthwicks.
Clyde Howe Posted on 19 Feb 2011 12:31 PM
This branding iron was probably used by Dench.

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