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Branding in Boulder County

by Tony Bruguiere
Fort Collins, Colo.

A month ago, if you had said Boulder County to me, a lot of things would have come to mind, but cattle ranching would not have been one of them. All that changed at the end of April when I was invited to photograph the Hogan family spring branding.

Although cattle ranching in Boulder County has been severely impacted by growth and new subdivisions, there are still estimated to be 4,000 head of beef cattle in Boulder County, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The calves that were being branded on this particular day belonged to Hank Hogan, but it was a real family affair. I would be doing a real disservice to the people there if I tried to connect all the family lines, because I know that I would get it wrong. The Hogan family tree stretches back nine generations in Boulder County ranching.

Boulder County native and fourth generation rancher, Cody Peeples, put it into perspective, “The Hogans, Pancosts, and Clynckes are all related and pretty much run all the cattle in this county. My grandpa, Raymond Clyncke, has five sisters and four brothers and they all have five kids or more ” and it’s pretty much the same on the other side of the family.”

A month ago, if you had said Boulder County to me, a lot of things would have come to mind, but cattle ranching would not have been one of them. All that changed at the end of April when I was invited to photograph the Hogan family spring branding.

Although cattle ranching in Boulder County has been severely impacted by growth and new subdivisions, there are still estimated to be 4,000 head of beef cattle in Boulder County, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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The calves that were being branded on this particular day belonged to Hank Hogan, but it was a real family affair. I would be doing a real disservice to the people there if I tried to connect all the family lines, because I know that I would get it wrong. The Hogan family tree stretches back nine generations in Boulder County ranching.

Boulder County native and fourth generation rancher, Cody Peeples, put it into perspective, “The Hogans, Pancosts, and Clynckes are all related and pretty much run all the cattle in this county. My grandpa, Raymond Clyncke, has five sisters and four brothers and they all have five kids or more ” and it’s pretty much the same on the other side of the family.”