By Bambi Turner on April 28, 2018
Do you know a calf puller from a head gate, or a loading chute from a nose lead? Any idea why you would need a balling gun, or what or what a loading chute is used for? Take this quiz to prove you can recognize the various tools and equipment used on farms and ranches!
The world's largest ranches measure more than 10,000 square miles, and many are homes to thousands of head of cattle, sheep and pigs, as well as more exotic animals like emu or bison. Countless smaller farms house herds consisting of a few dozen, a few hundred or a thousand-plus animals, often with just one ranch-hand caring for a thousand head.
So what does caring for livestock entail? It means keeping them safe and contained, preventing animals from getting loose, getting injured or getting lost. It means tracking animals and being able to identify them using a variety of tagging or branding methods. It means culling the herd, rounding them up for sale or market. It means breeding and assisting with delivery, as well as handling basic care and vetting tasks. Finally, it means feeding and watering the animals each and every day, and making sure they are warm and dry when needed.
Of course, all the tasks involved with caring for livestock require a huge variety of tools and equipment. Think you can identify this equipment from a single image? Take this quiz to find out!