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Lazy Y And Flying U
A glimpse at the ancient lore of cattle brands
April 1956 | Volume 7, Issue 3
Cowboys pride themselves on their ability to read brands quickly, not as simple an attainment on the open range, with moving cattle, as it seems on the printed page. With many head of several ranches gathered into the same herd at roundup time, with the inevitable strays from distant ranges, it is the “lettered” puncher who can pick out and sing out the correct brand and identify the owner: “ Rafter L . Belongs to Smith in Dayton.” “ Bar Lazy Heart . Jones on American Flat.” His knowledge of brands and owners makes him as valuable to the ranch as the top roper with his specialized services. He is, after all, a member of the frontier College of Heralds, the bunkhouse genealogist of the West.