On Thursday, May 11, Mr. Wallis’ ag classes branded cattle while Mrs. Wallis’ sixth grade class observed.
 The branding took place in the rodeo arena. Some students funneled cattle and others operated the chute.
      The origin of branding livestock dates from 2700 B.C. Paintings in Egyptian tombs document branding oxen
with hieroglyphics. Ancient Greeks and Romans marked livestock with a hot iron. Branding can be very important
in proving ownership of lost or stolen animals. An unbranded animal is called a "slick," and is almost impossible to
legally identify. No other way is as easily visible as branding, not only for identification, but as a deterrent to theft.