Cattle Ranch Terms
Brand. Ownership mark on cattle. Bull. An intact male bovine. Cow. A female bovine. This term is also a
generic term for cattle. Calf. A baby bovine. Ranchers usually plan for their calves to be born in the spring. Cut. A group of cattle separated from
their herd. Dogie. An orphaned calf. This term is of
ten used in Texas. Drive. A method of rounding up cattle by scattering cowboys and moving cattle to one place. Earmark. Method of marking cattle by
attaching tags to their ears. Heifer. Young female cow. Leppy. An orphaned calf. Mavericks. Wild cattle that have never
been branded or gathered. Remnants. Cattle not gathered on the first roundup that remain on the open range. Roundup. The spring and fall roundup of cattle on the range to brand, earmark, wean, sort for ownership, and cut those chosen to ship to market. Steer. A castrated male bovine. Stray. An animal that has strayed away from its owner or the range where it belongs.