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!
Thanks for winding through your week with me right here on Ranch Raised.
Good golly, we are socked in the middle of these long winter months. If you have kids, like I do, or you yourself are just generally antsy for spring, these months can be hard to tolerate. We are always looking for ways to pass the dark hours after evening chores.
I have a 7 year old who has become a puzzle master. We all chipped in to help her finish a 750 piece masterpiece over Christmas break. All of my kids love board games especially if they involved strategy and critical thinking. They have recently been introduced to Chinese checkers and it has become a new favorite.
Or course there is always encouragement for us all to read more during the winter months. And we wouldn’t be human if we weren’t catching up on some good family movies, snuggled under warm blankets.
Speaking of reading material, I flipping through garden seed catalogs and dreaming of the days when our evenings will be spent outside. My oldest daughter and husband are studying cattle sire catalogs putting plans into place for the “cattle seeds” they will plant this spring.
I love living in a part of the world that gets to experience all of the seasons. It reminds me to embrace these quiet, more intimate times. Of course, I have a baby to snuggle so all the more reason to not let these days pass by without appreciation.
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.
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