Karina Jones is a real-life ranch wife in the Nebraska Sandhills and one of the most highly sought-after speakers in the cattle industry nationwide!
It has been 3 weeks since we brought home our little bundle of joy to introduce him the rest of the herd.
Thanks for hanging with me this week here on Ranch Raised. If you need to catch up on my maternal saga you can find all our episodes on the Your Ag Network App and Website.
My doctor was hopeful that I would follow textbook procedure and that birthing this little babe would be the remedy for my high blood pressure, but unfortunately it was not. The week following the birth, both babe and I yo-yoed back and forth in and out the doctor’s office. Babe was losing weight and my blood pressure had me feeling horrible and wondering if my next trip to town was going to be in the rendering truck.
I was started on medication to help my situation and after a few days it finally started to take hold and I was coming back to the land of the living. I adjusted some mothering techniques and that seemed to help my baby boy start gaining weight. I had to figure something out. My husband talked of running me in the chute and tying a leg back.
I can finally say we are all settling in now. I 10 out of 10 recommend having some teen and preteen big sisters around when you bring home your next baby, but I will also caution you in waiting until you are the other side 40 to make that happen.
So here I am, signing off for the week assuring you that I have turned myself out to greener pastures and you won’t ever have to wonder when I will be taking my next maternity leave. This ole momma is running open for the rest of her days!
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Karina ranches with her husband, Marty, and 3 daughters near Broken Bow, NE. She grew up in western NE, with roots also in southwest SD. The cattle industry and raising kids is her passion.
Watching the cattle industry go the path that it has gone, she could no longer sit quietly at home checking cows, fixing fence, and doing all the everyday tasks wondering when some else was going to make it all better. As she became more active and outspoken on industry issues, she was asked to join the R-CALF USA staff in September 2020 as the Checkoff Petition Campaign manager. That position transcended into her current role as full time Field Director for R-CALF USA.
You can hear her almost every Friday on Your Ag Network’s Hot Barn Report that is broadcast on 60 radio stations with coverage in 9 states, where she deep dives into cattle industry issues and highlights R-CALF’s work on industry reforms. Listen to Ranch Raised on a Your Ag Network hometown station or www.youragnetwork.com where she talks about her daily life on the ranch.