Cattle Branding at V8 Ranch
The V8 branding iron represents an original bloodline that now roams six continents. Just like the Louis Vuitton monogram or the Nike swoosh, our brand is a symbol of authenticity, our guarantee of an animal we’re willing to stake our reputation on. It’s the symbol of our commitment, our promise of integrity, and the passion of eight generations who have devoted their lives to creating a superior Brahman breeding process and selection program.
When Sloan Williams purchased the V8 herd, all cattle carried the V8 brand on their left hip. This tradition continues today. The V8 branding you’ll find on the left hip of our cattle represents the ownership brand; the numbers branded on the lower rear of each leg identify the individuals.
To mark our individual animals, V8 Ranch uses a chronological sequence of numbers based on calving dates. The first V8 animal was branded as 1. Number 2 followed, and we continued sequentially until we reached number 999. The sequence then followed with branding as 1/1 (read One over One), with the bottom number representing the thousands. So, animal 123/4 (One Twenty-Three over Four) is the 4,123rd animal born on the ranch. Heifers and bulls have their own set of numbers, which means there is a Miss V8 123/4 and a Mr. V8 123/4.
What happens after the 9,999th bull or female is born on the ranch? This has been a recent topic of discussion within the family. We are currently deciding whether to use 0/10 for the 10,000 heifer or bull or to roll over and start again with 1. If you have a preference, tell us in the comments below.