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Film, Video Branding Calves (ca. 1965)

About this Item


  • Branding Calves (ca. 1965)


  • Stewart, Leslie J. (Narrator)
  • Stewart, Leslie J. (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • ca. 1965


  • -  Landscapes
  • -  Ninety-Six Ranch
  • -  Activities
  • -  Calves
  • -  Branding
  • -  Earmarking
  • -  Inoculating
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Motion Pictures


  • Ethnography
  • Motion Pictures


  • -  Excerpt from Les Stewart's film, "Mr. Steak: The Story of a Nevada Steer" (ca. 1965) that documents the branding, earmarking, inoculating, castrating, and wattling of calves in spring. Les's narration was recorded on July 7, 1982, by Margaret Purser and Carl Fleischhauer.
  • -  The longer film follows a calf from birth to death, and concludes with scenes of steaks being cooked and consumed. The film affords Les several opportunities to present a rancher's perspective on topics of public interest. Scenes of wildlife on the range, for example, demonstrate the compatibility of grazing with other uses of the land. Shots of a line camp remind audiences not to litter or vandalize. Footage from a slaughterhouse and supermarket calls attention to the sanitary preparation and inspection of beef from the United States.
  • -  Rights: The Stewart family shares this film under a Creative Commons attribution license ( External).


  • 16mm film

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1991/021: NV-VDP-VT10

Source Collection

  • Paradise Valley Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1991/021)


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • video

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Credit line

Paradise Valley Folklife Project collection, 1978-1982 (AFC 1991/021), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Cite This Item

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Chicago citation style:

Stewart, Leslie J, and Leslie J Stewart. Branding Calves. 1965. Video.

APA citation style:

Stewart, L. J. & Stewart, L. J. (1965) Branding Calves. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Stewart, Leslie J, and Leslie J Stewart. Branding Calves. 1965. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.