Branding Iron - "JR", Newmarket Saleyards, Newmarket, pre 1987 Object Reg. No: SH 900045

Summary:
Sheep branding iron. Brand letters "JR" reversed. Used at Newmarket Saleyards. Possibly used for JR Ralph Meat Company.

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:
Sheep branding iron. Letters "JR" have been welded onto a cross member (probably with a third letter after R missing - broken off), in turn welded onto a tubular metal handle, bent at right angles near the head.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from State Government of Victoria Major Projects Unit, 1990
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 75.00 cm (Height), 12.00 cm (Width), 17.00 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: working life, cattle husbandry, cattle yards, livestock sale yards, branding irons, sheep yards, sheep husbandry, making history - newmarket saleyards
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: J.R. Ralph Meat Company, Newmarket, Victoria, Australia, pre 1987

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