Is there anything so American as the cowboy? Being raised on the East coast, as kids we watched westerns on TV and in the movies. Summer of 2016 had us in northeastern Utah where we had a first hand experience with cattle branding and a real (not aimed at the tourist) rodeo. The cattle branding was done at Swett Ranch, a historic homestead, now part of Ashley National Forest. Four generations of the Swett family work together roping, branding, inoculating and neutering calves. Both ear tags and brands are required before cattle can be turned out to graze on National Forest land. The rodeo was in Vernal, Utah and had many of the top 15 competitors on the circuit participating. Rodeos were started as competitions using the skills needed by ranchers. We thought the two events would make an interesting video.
We hope you enjoy it.