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’s twinsday Tuesday right here on Ranch Raised!
Well, the bets were right on point! Yesterday we welcomed twin girls. No, NOT ME! Do not let your mind wonder to those crazy places!
Miss Legacy, a first-time momma Boer doe, welcomed two healthy doelings to the barn last night. I promise you I won’t relay the birth story to every goat that kids this year, the first new babies are always special, right?
In true Jones ranch circus fashion, my husband and a couple of the girls had to guard the doe while she was kidding because if you didn’t know, chickens have some crazy obsession with amniotic fluid! Times like this remind me of one of the hundred reasons that chickens are supposed to be locked up in a coop instead of free ranging the barnyard and thus claiming the barn as their castle where they are queens on high.
Anyway, after playing a mean game of chicken defense to some aggressive hens, the doe gave birth to these healthy babies. We moved the momma and babies to a warmer area of the barn which left the chickens all the afterbirth goodies they wanted but they had to share with the barn cat of course.
Everyone was tucked into their barn beds, warm and happy. And we slept great knowing these little ones here and we wouldn’t need to check the maternity ward through the night. So, with that, I am wishing all those barnyards who are in the middle of kidding, lambing, and calving a safe & successful birthing season!
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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