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 been a long year, but we have made it through January. Thanks for shutting the door on the month with me right here on Ranch Raised.
I feel like I have been trying to boost community moral all month, reminding us all that in solidarity, “We Can Do It!” We can make it through the longest month of winter. And now we have come out on the other side like Greek style Olympians returning home from competition, bruised and battered.
But seriously, when you are in ranching it just feels good to survive January. We are telling ourselves, “February is a short month. So, if the weather is bad, well, we will just have less days of it. And March is right around the corner, which means spring. I’m just going to forget the fact that some of our worst blizzards have come in March and April and just remember that there have also been years that I have been planting potatoes in March!
So let’s see January out the door with a proper blessing,
King January, by Lenore Hetrick.
January wear this crown,
Which we present to you.
We’ve made you king of months.
We feel it is you due.
With your garb of ermine snow,
You are dressed just like a king.
So it is fitting in your honor,
Songs of praise we sing.
Now pray ascend the royal throne
And bend your regal head.
We’ll crown you king and then we’ll take
Our frozen toes to bed.
Karina ranches with her husband, Marty, and 4 children 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 former 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, where she deep dives into cattle industry issues and 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 Jones Ranch.
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