Mathew Flynn of D-C Freeze Branding Services kindly took the time to answer some questions regarding this career choice.
Have you always been interested in horses and when did you start out in branding?
I grew up in the thoroughbred industry and my wife and I bought the branding business around 6 years ago.
How much of your day/week is hands on with horses?
5 to 7 days a week
In this field is it possible for someone to be a full time professional, earning a livable income?
There is only enough work for 1 full time person doing what I do in each state. I have a casual job for the last 6 months of the year.
What are the general steps taken to be able to provide this service to others for their livestock?
Anyone can buy the equipment and do a few horses and say they can brand no matter what comes out. To get consistent quality under some very trying conditions takes a LOT of experience.
Any advice for those interested in pursuing branding as an occupation?
There is only one main full time brander in NSW, SA and VIC so the potential for another in that state is almost impossible. There is not enough work to make a living for more than that. There are some who do a little as well as other work but not full time.
Is there anything else with horses youâ€™d love to learn about or try?
I enjoy watching top horse people do their thing whatever that may be.
Favourite horse memory?
First horse I bought with my own money. He is still sitting out the back at 25 yrs old.
To be able to play better golf.
Best thing about your sport/profession?
I get to see some very good horses and good horse people.
“Wherever man has left his footprint in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization we will find the hoofprint of the horse beside it.” – John Trotwood Moore