Film, Video Branding Calves (ca. 1965)

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Branding Calves (ca. 1965)
Contributor Names
Stewart, Leslie J. (Narrator)
Stewart, Leslie J. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
ca. 1965
Subject Headings
-  Landscapes
-  Ninety-Six Ranch
-  Activities
-  Calves
-  Branding
-  Earmarking
-  Inoculating
-  Ethnography
-  Motion Pictures
Motion Pictures
-  This film has not been reedited.
-  Les Stewart's narration [NV82-CF-R3] recorded on 82/07/07 by Margaret Purser and Carl Fleischhauer, describes the part of Stewart's film, "Mr. Steak: The Story of a Nevada Steer," (ca. 1965) relating to branding, earmarking, inoculating, and wattling.
-  Les's footage of spring branding resembles our film of autumn branding, video selection . It dramatizes the calf's ordeal, while Les's footage takes a more detached point of view. He does not use as many close-ups and excludes or deemphasizes the surgical procedures of wattling and dehorning. He does provide, however, an exceedingly brief glimpse of castration. He highlights the noon meal and, in his soundtrack commentary, emphasizes buckaroo work. He focuses on the cowboys and not the calf.
-  This scene has been excerpted from the twelve-minute film "Mr. Steak: The Story of a Nevada Steer," made in ca. 1965. The longer film follows a calf from birth to death, and concludes with scenes of steaks being cooked and eaten. 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 of domestic, as opposed to imported, beef.
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

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

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Stewart, Leslie J, and Leslie J Stewart. Branding Calves ca. 1965. 1945. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed March 27, 2017.)

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Stewart, L. J. & Stewart, L. J. (1945) Branding Calves ca. 1965. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Stewart, Leslie J, and Leslie J Stewart. Branding Calves ca. 1965. 1945. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.