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!
Happy Monday and thanks for starting your week with us right here on Ranch Raised.
Around here we are desperately praying for moisture. I have started putting water on my rhubarb, chives and other perennials. I’m not sure I want to start watering the lawn. I’m afraid if my yard is the only green around, the cows will bust fences to get to my backyard salad bowl.
We are all trying to take it day by day and doing a lot of praying for those million dollar spring rains. But, that sunshine and warmer temps have sure made calving pleasant. My girls even say, “I wish every day could just be like today!” As long as those life sucking winds stay away.
Besides riding cows, tagging calves, feeding cows, and riding cows, our kids spend most of their time in the barn with their show cattle and they have started bargaining with each other and making plans for their show goat prospects.
Our youngest has a bucket calf that she has laid claim to. Her sisters even caught her grooming it and working and hair on that little black beauty this weekend. She has watcher her sisters do this for years in the barn, so I guess it is true, “It is not what is taught, it is what is caught.”
I’m just keeping everyone fed (both two legged and four legged), staying up on my egg situation, keeping calving supplies in stock, and dreaming of my garden! That’s the skinny from my part of the world. Leave me an update on the Ranch Raised FB page of what you and your family have going during this spring season.
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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.