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Over the past couple of years, Yellowstone has garnered quite a fan following. Filled with drama, passion, and ranch life, it has become a worldwide sensation.
One of the most recognizable aspects of the show is the Dutton Family ‘Y’ Brand.
So, what does the Yellowstone logo mean?
The Yellowstone Dutton Ranch brand is a Hooked Rocking Y. It is made from a combination of two historical cattle brands: the Hooked Y and the Rocking Y.
While both symbols are used separately among real American cattle ranchers, the Hooked Rocking Y logo remains unique to Yellowstone.
The Hooked Y brand is a registered American cattle brand, dating back over 130 years. It is active in various states including Tennesee, Arkansas, and Texas.
Like many cattle ranches, Yellowstone Dutton Ranch has a unique brand that is used on their cattle and as a ranch logo. Livestock are branded to prove ownership and permanent identification.
When a ranch creates a brand, they are able to register it and use it to mark their livestock. It is particularly important in areas where cattle from different ranches roam together or in boarding pastures. It also ranchers to easily identify their own stock and can help prevent theft of animals as well.
Brands can be placed on various parts of livestock, including the shoulder or hip. Traditionally, branding was done with a heated metal branding iron. However, other methods such as freeze branding, electric branding, tattooing, microchipping, earmarking, and ear tagging are also used today.
The practice of branding livestock goes back thousands of years. Today, livestock branding must be approved, recorded, registered, and renewed with the state brand department.
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According to the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association “A brand design consists of two or more symbols. Many brands have three units in the design. Few brands have more than three units.”
Brands are generally kept simple to be easier to read as well as less painful for the livestock. Not only is the design of the brand recorded, but also its location on the animal as well.
Brands are created based on four kinds of marks, which can be used alone or in combination.
The four kinds of marks are letters of the alphabet, numbers, lines, circles, and pictures. The letters and numbers come in different variations including walking, flying, dragged, and lazy.
Just like in Yellowstone livestock branding is still a common practice among cattle ranchers today. Brands are carefully created to represent a cattle farm and stand out in a sea of livestock.