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!
I hope you had a great holiday weekend with family and friends! Thanks for coming back to Ranch Raised!
Ahhhh, it was awesome having us all together for 5 full days! Have I said it before? I love having all my kids home from school. Yeah, I think I’ve said it before.
These dry and mild temperatures allowed us plenty of hours doing cattle work. We all broke away, in different directions, on black Friday. My husband followed our steers to market at the only Black Friday sale he would ever step in to. Thanks to Burwell Livestock team for marketing our steers!
The 3 girls, 2 heifers, 1 baby boy, and I loaded up and headed to a cattle show that was near to us. The weather was beautiful. I love watching my girls work together and do what they love. It makes my heart swell to watch kids holding a heifer in one hand, a show stick in another, and chatting with the other kids who they will be competing against when they walk into that show ring. So I give a shout out to the Dawson County crew gave these kids a place to gather and compete! It was a great time!
My baby boy was spoiled and held all day by friends at the show. I look back and think about all of this and it makes me so deeply thankful to be raising our kids in rural America, surrounding them with the people who love them like their own.
So to make this message come full circle, it affirms for me that THE BEST of what we can give and receive, during this holiday season, can’t be bought in a store. Have a great day!
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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.