While I was home in Montana we had to stop by the feed store to pick up some corn for the deer. So I took the opportunity to pick up some cattle markers and look into purchasing a branding iron with our family's brand for a future exhibition I have at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.
It was fascinating to learn from my dad about the brand registration process. I learned that our family's brand (this goes back to my great, great grandfather, John Vernon Kemp's cattle ranch in Montana in the late 1800's) is only registered to be used on the left flank and right leg of horses. Someone else owns the same brand that can be used on specific parts of cattle. The store itself was awesome: