Branding iron

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A branding iron is used for branding, pressing a heated metal shape against an object or livestock with the intention of leaving an identifying mark.wikipedia
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Brand

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In the English lexicon, the Germanic word "brand" originally meant anything hot or burning, such as a fire-brand, a burning stick.
Branding was used to differentiate one person's cattle from another's by means of a distinctive symbol burned into the animal's skin with a hot branding iron.

Freeze brand

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In contrast to traditional hot-iron branding, freeze branding uses a branding iron that has been chilled with a coolant such as dry ice or liquid nitrogen.
Freeze branding is a branding process that involves the use of liquid nitrogen or dry ice and alcohol to cool a branding iron so that the iron may then be used to alter the hair follicle of an animal to remove the pigmentation or to remove the hair altogether, depending on the color of the animal.

Livestock branding

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Livestock branding is perhaps the most prevalent use of a branding iron.
Originally, livestock branding only referred to hot branding large stock with a branding iron, though the term now includes alternative techniques.

Human branding

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This is performed using a hot or very cold branding iron.

Branding

Branding (disambiguation)
A branding iron is used for branding, pressing a heated metal shape against an object or livestock with the intention of leaving an identifying mark.

Ancient Egypt

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The act of marking livestock with fire-heated marks to identify ownership begins in ancient times with the ancient Egyptians.

Ancient Rome

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The process continued throughout the ages, with Romans using the process to brand slaves as well.

Slavery

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The process continued throughout the ages, with Romans using the process to brand slaves as well.

Middle Ages

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By the European Middle Ages it commonly identified the process of burning a mark into a stock animals with thick hides, such as cattle, so as to identify ownership under animus revertendi.

Cattle

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By the European Middle Ages it commonly identified the process of burning a mark into a stock animals with thick hides, such as cattle, so as to identify ownership under animus revertendi.

Animus revertendi

By the European Middle Ages it commonly identified the process of burning a mark into a stock animals with thick hides, such as cattle, so as to identify ownership under animus revertendi.

Common land

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In England, the rights of common including the common pasture system meant that cattle could be grazed on certain land with commoner's rights and the cattle were branded to show ownership, often with the commoner's or Lord of the manor's mark.

Spain

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The practice was widespread in most European nations with large cattle grazing regions, including Spain.

Spanish Empire

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With colonialism, many cattle branding traditions and techniques were spread via the Spanish Empire to South America and to countries of the British Empire including the Americas, Australasia & South Africa where distinct sets of traditions and techniques developed respectively.

South America

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With colonialism, many cattle branding traditions and techniques were spread via the Spanish Empire to South America and to countries of the British Empire including the Americas, Australasia & South Africa where distinct sets of traditions and techniques developed respectively.

British Empire

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With colonialism, many cattle branding traditions and techniques were spread via the Spanish Empire to South America and to countries of the British Empire including the Americas, Australasia & South Africa where distinct sets of traditions and techniques developed respectively.

South Africa

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With colonialism, many cattle branding traditions and techniques were spread via the Spanish Empire to South America and to countries of the British Empire including the Americas, Australasia & South Africa where distinct sets of traditions and techniques developed respectively.

Vaquero

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In the Americas these European systems continued with English tradition being used in the New England Colonies and spread outwards with the western expansion of the U.S. The Spanish system evolved from the south with the vaquero tradition in what today is the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

United States

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In the Americas these European systems continued with English tradition being used in the New England Colonies and spread outwards with the western expansion of the U.S. The Spanish system evolved from the south with the vaquero tradition in what today is the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

Mexico

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In the Americas these European systems continued with English tradition being used in the New England Colonies and spread outwards with the western expansion of the U.S. The Spanish system evolved from the south with the vaquero tradition in what today is the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

Open range

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The unique brand meant that cattle owned by multiple owners could then graze freely together on the commons or open range.

Muster (livestock)

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Drovers or cowboys could then separate the cattle at roundup time for driving to market.

Marketplace

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Drovers or cowboys could then separate the cattle at roundup time for driving to market.

Wood

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Fire-heated branding irons are used to brand wood, steak, leather, livestock and plastics.

Steak

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Fire-heated branding irons are used to brand wood, steak, leather, livestock and plastics.