The branding of animals and in particular , dairy stock is a popular and much sought after service.
The freeze brand is applied on an animal by placing numbered irons in a basin of methylated spirits and dry ice and then applying the irons to the animals hide for approximately 45 seconds. The treated branding iron kills the colour pigment in the hair making it turn white within 4 – 6 weeks.
Animals can be branded at any stage in life but it is recommended to brand an animal at around 12 months of age. Branding at this age will result in a larger brand when the animal matures to adult as the brand will grow with the growing animal.