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!
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When you calve in April and May, that means June is the time to pair out and take the ole girls to their summer staycation destinations. This is a process that seems to drag on and on. We take pairs that have heifer calves on them to certain pastures and then the steer calf pairs go to other pastures. This does create a level of work for us at this time of year that we really don’t have time for. But, considering our pasture conditions are still pretty weak in our area, this management step will give us some choices if we need to wean early and pull off of grass. So, it is a necessary evil.
We are all beyond tired and getting a wee bit crabby. A cooler day today should help us get the last of the outbound pairs out of here. Which will leave us with a bunch of late born calves that still need to be worked and receive their Jones Ranch, J upside down U, on their side.
Despite the break neck pace we have been keeping outside, my co-habitants make it known that they still need to eat. My grill has been my pinch hitter. Whether it be grilling burgers or steaks, I love grilling this time of year.
Ranch wife pro tip….I love having burgers pattied at the butcher when we have a critter processed. There is an added expense, but they thaw so easily and can be on the grill in 5 minutes, sizzling away.
I also throw a couple of extra steaks on the grill. Tomorrow I am going to share with you how I took a couple of leftover T-Bone steaks and made a quick, awesome meal of BBQ steak flatbread pizza! You won’t want to miss this recipe, but if you do, it will be on the Ranch Raised FB page and the Your Ag Network app and website.
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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.