Ranch Raised with Karina Jones – I spy with my little eye!

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Ranch Raised with Karina Jones - I spy with my little eye!

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 spy with my little eye! Welcome to a new week right here on Ranch Raised. 

I think any ranch kid will confirm that better than an Easter Egg hunt is finding new life springing up all over the prairie. Last week I reported that we had some new baby goats in the barn that my little kids were loving on!  

This weekend brought the fun and excitement of finding new baby calves that were planned AI matings and might just develop into some future 4-H projects!  

As a parent, I can confirm that one of my favorite times of the year is watching my kids experience things like calving season. We are at the beginning of the calving season marathon. This is the best time! Everyone is fresh and full of energy. The weather has been beautiful so that helps all the things.  

While the worries and stresses of ranching are always simmering on the back burner of my mind. Hearing my kids bounce into the house with such excitement to tell me about the new calves they have found and tagged really is the best distraction from any kind of work or worry.  

I hope our kids always know that having them alongside us caring for these cattle is truly the biggest paycheck we will ever receive. So, I spy with my little eye, baby calves hiding in that tall grass, baby goats snuggled up by their mommas, fresh eggs in the corner of the barn, and green brome trying to peak up from the earth. 

And for today, those things are good enough for me. 




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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.

Cattle producers are her people. She will meet you at the county fair, at the sale barn, or anywhere the dusty trail leads.
karina@youragnetwork.com or visit facebook.com/ranchraisedwithkarinajones

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