PlainSky, Nebraskans: Bloody Hands, Kreman Ranch

Bloody Hands, Kreman Ranch

Bloody Hands, Kreman Ranch

For the uninitiated, I’ll begin this caption with an explanation: At a branding, one of the critical procedures on “eligible” calves is castration. Not a big deal, right?

Nope, unless you’re the one with the ultra-sharp scalpel performing fast surgery on a 200-pound writhing animal that is simultaneously scared and angry. Oh, and it needs done in fewer than 60 seconds each time, and repeated perhaps 100-150 times in a single morning. That was this man’s job at the Kreman Ranch on an early May morning.

And his hands show it.

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