JOS has been registered as Bundaleer’s tattoo freeze brand and fire brand. We endeavour to tattoo and freeze brand all our cattle with both JOS and their individual year number and sequential birth number. There is nothing unusual about this, however how we came to use JOS has a little family history tied to it.
Back in the 1930s my grandfather was forced to move from Wickipen through repercussions of the depression and drought. He and his wife and five children selected about 600 acres after an inspection of an abandoned dairy farm with a friend [Hubert Macdonald]. Hubert had taken him straight to permanent water. My grand father said
this will do, water no longer presented the problems it had done in the wheat belt.
Portion of this early selection is now the home block for Bundaleer.
He registered the brand J for Joseph, 0 for the numeral, S for Spackman. This brand was taken up by his daughter on his death and remained with her for many years after she stopped farming. In the mean time Bundaleer had commenced with its registered brand which had in it a lazy "R", the computers couldn't handle this and we were asked to find another brand.
Meanwhile my aunty had moved into frail aged accommodation. I thought it
might be nice if I could continue on with The Family Tattoo, I approached her with this in mind, tears welled up in her eyes and in a choked voice she replied
Yes was my obvious reply, she came back
you've made me very happy.
A sentimental yarn!!!! yes!!! my grandkids like it.