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!
Everything on social media today is telling me that it is National Ag Day and that we are in the middle of National Ag Week. So let’s dive in and really take a look at what that looks like on the Jones Ranch. It is not as romantic as what magazines, social media and TV shows might portray.
As you pull up to my back patio door, you may wonder if I wash that glass with balls of mud, if ever at all. No, no, no, those are doggie nose prints pressed against the glass and on the other side is probably kid noseprints and finger prints playing a game of “will you let me in?”
And then there are all those boots and shoes at the back door. I get it, by now you are wondering how many people really live here. No, I don’t run a daycare center. I think 5 people live here but if you didn’t pack a pair of muck boots to head to the barn, no worries, I got you covered.
Often times I feel like I have as much gravel in my house as I do in the driveway. No need to order another load of gravel this spring, honey. I will just sweep the floors and return the gravel to the rightful place.
Oh, no, that is not a hair on rug. I’m not that fancy. Actually, that rug requires more maintenance, needs to be fed a couple times a day and it sheds. That is a resting Border Collie, who’s black and white pattern is really versatile in home décor schemes and goes with a variety of décor. Just be careful where you step, please.
We haven’t even made it to the mud room and laundry room, so please come back tomorrow!
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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.