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 a new week right here on Ranch Raised and I am so happy to have your riding alongside.
I just have to tell you about all of the great things I witnessed this weekend. Of course, it involved kids and livestock, how did you guess?? It was the 60th Annual Nebraska State Junior Hereford Show.
Kids from 7-21 were exhibiting their pride and joy and when the dust settled in the arena and the banners had been hung, I saw kids hanging out with each other sitting around coolers that were make shift card tables playing hot games of 31 and UNO while their laughing drowned out the stereos that were playing in the background. Barnyard Olympics in the show arena with water balloons, tug of war, feed sack races, and bucket basketball. Pure Bliss!
As trailers were being loaded up to head home, I watched an extremely dedicated team, the Nebraska Jr Hereford board, who hosted the event, packing panels in the rain and tearing down the show facilities, after they were exhausted from showing their own cattle all weekend. They were taking pride in the fact they were going to leave that fairgrounds better than they found it.
I know there are many rodeos and livestock shows going on from coast to coast. Please, never miss an opportunity to thank the people who are investing blood & sweat to provide you a place to do what you love. No one waves a magic wand and these events fall out of the sky. So, today, I salute the Nebraska Junior Hereford board for a job well done and to all the committees around the county that are hosting livestock competition events this year, many thanks to each one of you!
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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.